The NXG Striking System is the cumulative result of decades of experience, research, and development. It is not a new martial arts but rather a composition and systemization of techniques specifically tailored for MMA & Modern Combatives.
A major goal of the NXG Striking System is to give credit to all the cultures who have positively impacted and contributed to the knowledge shared by our Instructors Group.
Originally the combat art of the Republic of Korea Army, Taekwondo Oh Do Kwan is the first home of the old military style. This style training pre-dates the modern Olympic style most prevalent today. A full contact martial art with a strong emphasis on powerful kicks and dynamic angles of attack, Taekwondo was first introduced to Alabama in 1968 by Master Instructor C.M. Bateman after serving in Vietnam. His son, Michael Bateman is the founder of NXG Combat Sports and currently holds the rank of 6th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo.
The NXG Striking System owes a large debt of gratitude to this martial art, and is a lifelong member of Korea Taekwondo Oh Do Kwan. Additionally, we have recently been granted admission as a member of the World Combative Taekwondo Union, a Korea based group dedicated to the preservation of Taekwondo as a fighting art.
Also known as the "Art of 8 Limbs" this art is widely credited to have originated as a military art from the Kingdom of Siam dating back the almost 800 years. This makes sense as the Kingdom of Siam once encompassed much of Southeast Asia including parts of Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand.
All of these countries have their own version of the 8 Limb fighting system, but the similarities all indicate regional overlap, yet it is impossible to say which came first.
NXG Combat Sports shares a link to the art of 8 Limbs via Kru Som, a refugee who arrived here in the United States after escaping the fall of Laos and making his way through the camps of Thailand.
"While I have never trained under a famous stadium fighter, I have gained great knowledge from Kru Som and others. They welcomed me into their culture and for that I will forever hold love and admiration in my heart. I give big credit to Ae Som (along with others) for instilling certain characteristics in me that have assisted my life in countless ways. - Coach Bateman
Our predecessor held rank in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu - Karate before his conversion to Taekwondo during the Vietnam War. Also, two of our current Instructors began their Martial Arts journey in the Japanese style of Yoshukai Karate an art which also afforded our founder some of his earliest full contact competition experience.
Each martial art hold value, but their function is lost or found in the epistemology of training. We advocate for the mentality "Function over Fashion" and have formatted the NXG Striking System to fill the one requirement we believe all functional martial arts must possess ... LIVE TRAINING AGAINST A RESISTING OPPONENTS.