A "Pioneer of Martial Arts in America" and a pre-MMA era mixed martial artist in his own right, my father began his training in the 1950's, and would go on to train with the Republic of Korea, Army Instructor Group, and U.S. Army Combatives where he trained Allied Forces in Vietnam.
He is recognized as the man who first introduced Taekwondo to the state of Alabama with the formation of Bateman Taekwondo Ohdokwan (1969).
Unique in his time, he also earned recognition in Karate, Hapkido, Judo & Western Boxing. Throughout the next decade he would train civilians, state law enforcement officers, and Army National Guard. This continued until the late 1970's when he retired from the public eye to raise a family.
I began receiving private training under my father in the mid 80's. and was later joined by my younger brothers, thus becoming the next generation!
Throughout my life, I often cross-trained which led me to a great love for Muay Thai (Muay Lao) and offered me an introduction to the grappling art of Russian Sambo via a Judo/Sambo coach hosting a local study group.
Around 2004 my brothers and I began traveling and noticed the diminishing quality of instruction many school offered and also the lack of diversity in gyms throughout the region. We set out to once again make the family name known publicly in the martial arts community, and to provide high quality training and an academy without regard for race, religion, or national origin.
We coined ourselves "Team NXG" symbolizing unity with our father's teachings and our being his Next Generation of students. This initiative would see us to an international level in Taekwondo with an invitation to the Inaugural Taekwondo International Goodwill Championships, and the Taekwondo World Pioneer's Cup. Through this competition success we were contracted to teach and conduct seminars for many facilities, concluding with our re-opening of Bateman Taekwondo (2009) more than 20 years after our father had shut its doors. Shortly after re-opening we also began a Grappling Club, which soon became a full Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program under the guidance and leadership of Highlander MMA / Team Pablo Popovitch, a relationship we still maintain and hold dear today!
With my father's encouragement I proceeded with my vision and having over 30+ years martial arts experience at a relatively young age, our academy expanded to fulfill this vision, competing in Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts.
As a full expression of our experience, and paying respect to our beginnings we proudly opened NXG COMBAT SPORTS. In the past 5 years we have grown to included other affiliate academies both domestically and internationally were we proudly carry on a legacy of community devotion and unity that spans more than 60 yrs!
In Loving Memory of C. M. Bateman (1947-2016)