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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. He would go on to train with the Republic of Korea Army and to teach U.S. Army Combatives to Allied Forces in Vietnam.
Unique in his time, he earned recognition in Kyokushin Karate, Hapkido, Judo and Western Boxing in addition to being a Western pioneer of Taekwondo which he Introduced to Alabama in 1969 with the formation of Bateman Taekwon-Do Oh Do Kwan. Throughout the next decade he would train thousands of civilians, state & federal law enforcement officers, and soldiers. This continued until 1979 when he retired from the public eye to raise a family and purse pastoral / mission work which was his truest passion.
He continued offering private instruction and consultation for the remainder of his life.
I began my own training under his watchful eye in the mid 80's and was later joined by my younger brothers where we would eventually earning our Black Belts and Instructor Certification thus beginning a new generation of students for my father's lineage!
Inspired by my father's diverse training, I began the study of Muay Thai (Muay Lao) and received an early introduction to grappling through a Sambo / Judo study group in the 1990s.
By the turn of the millennium, my brothers and I were actively competing and offering seminar instruction where we noticed a diminishing standard and also a visible lack of diversity in most gyms across the region. This set us on a mission to re-introduce high quality Fighting Taekwondo to our area, and to do so without regard for race, religion, or national origin.
Coining ourselves "Team NXG" as the Next Generation of students to carry on our father's legacy, we ultimately reached an international platform in Taekwondo, competing in world level events including the Inaugural International Goodwill Championships, and the Taekwondo World Pioneer's Cup.
These successes culminated in the re-opening of Bateman Taekwondo (2009). Additionally, in 2013 we added a full Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & MMA program with support from Highlander MMA / Team Popovitch, a relationship we continue to this day!
With my father's encouragement and with 35+ years of my own martial arts experience, our academy expanded to more fully express the totality of our knowledge and vision for the future.
To better express our collective experiences while maintaining respect for our roots, in 2016 we proudly opened
NXG COMBAT SPORTS.
With the addition of a second full-time academy, an international affiliate, and satellite programs, our Montgomery location has now become the administrative headquarters of the
NXG COMBAT SPORTS ASSOCIATION.
We continue on our mission to honor the legacy of those who paved the way for us, and to give respect to each culture and combat art that has contributed to our own journey.
In Loving Memory of C. M. Bateman (1947-2016)