Brendan Cole is bound for his first Olympic Games but without some unusual training methods he may not have booked his place.
Cole qualified for the games after winning the Olympic selection trials in Melbourne in an A-qualifying time earlier this month, with part of his training involving combinations of martial arts that the 30-year-old calls his ''ninja sessions''.
Cole has been been working with Ari Takkinen
- who has developed the training sessions to combine various forms of martial arts as well as tai chi, pilates and yoga.
''It is all about being very mindful and body-aware,'' Cole said of his sessions with Takkinen.
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