Even those who are unfamiliar with the basics of taekwondo may enjoy
watching local and area students display their skills during an upcoming
tournament, said Chee Bates, coach and co-owner of Bates Premier Taekwondo.
The “Rumble in the 505” is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 at
the Bates Premier school, 3880 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. There is no
charge for spectators.
“Anyone curious about this Korean martial art is encouraged to attend,”
Bates said. “Twenty-five of our students will compete with at least three other
Albuquerque schools and a few others. Spectators will be impressed with the
levels of skill in sparring, forms and board-breaking, which tends to amaze
In addition, a blaster pads competition, which uses shields, is on the
agenda. This is for children, ages 2-4, who attempt to knock each other down or
push a competitor out of bounds. This begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by sparring
in the morning and precise-movement forms in the afternoon; board-breaking
wraps up the competition.
The age range for all events is 2 to adult; proper gear and protection is
Bates students are preparing for the competition with their “aggressive
and fast-paced style,” Bates commented. “We do a lot of sparring and other
activities before tournaments.”
Recently, Bates Premier competed in the Las Vegas Open, which
attracted approximately 1,200 athletes from several states.
“This tournament attracts the best athletes in the country,” Bates said.
“Nine of our students, ages 4-14, took home seven gold medals, two silver and
three bronze in sparring and forms. 

Bates students also excelled at the El Paso Invitational. Nine fighters
brought home five gold medals, three silver and one bronze.
“Our students are successful because of the enthusiasm they bring to the
sport,” Bates said. “They work hard but have fun at the same time.”
Bates has been all over the world coaching and attending training
seminars. He has a background in all types of martial arts, allowing him to draw
from his own competitive experiences.

He also has the parental perspective because he trained his son and
daughter from early ages.
“I like to build a rapport with children,” Bates said. “It is important to me to
gain their trust and respect, and motivate them to do their best. We also want to
foster relationships among the kids. Even though it is an individual sport, they
behave like a team.”
Bates said he encourages tournament participation because it
demonstrates to students the reason they work and train diligently.
“Not competing would be like running drills in basketball but never playing
a game,” he noted. “Eventually, athletes would wonder why they are doing it.
Taekwondo tournaments get the kids pumped up about the sport.
“Students who compete improve at a greater rate,” the coach added.
“Also, I can compare our students to others from competitive schools. This
ensures they are at the level of the best in the country.”

Bates Premier Taekwondo hosts area-wide

Bates Premier Taekwondo will be hosting an in house tournament Jan 6th, 2018 in Albuquerque NM, Sparring,Blaster Pads, Poomsae, and Board Breaking. All sparring will be all daedo, registration will be available Dec 1st.

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Las Vegas Open 2017

BPT took 9 athletes down to Las Vegas and brought back 7 golds, 2 silver and 3 bronze. They fought in more than one division and di well in both sparring and poomsae.  The kids stacked up to some heavy competition from California fighters. I'am trpud of all the kids. Our program is improving and keeping up with some of the best schools in the country!

Humberto Prado Jr

Bates Premier Taekwondo is a very professional institution. You can tell the coaches and athletes genuinely care for their students on improving their over skills. I highly recommend putting your kids or yourself in the sport and there's no better place to start than at Bates Premier Taekwondo.

Wenona Ayarbe
Bates Premier Taekwondo (BPT) is THE premier dojang in NM. We were introduced to the Bates when Chee was running the competition team at another school. When they decided to open their own school it was a no-brainer to follow them. BPT provides a world class level of instruction to all of their students – regardless if they’re a beginner student just taking belt classes or if they’re a national level athlete on their competition team. At our old school my son was terrible at sparring (I can say that, I’m his mom). In 7 months, Chee transformed my son from the kid that was being run off the back of the mat to a silver medalist at the National Championships. A year later my son became the National Champion. Not into competition? That’s okay. Come and learn tkd in their fun and engaging belt classes. One of the best things about BPT? The family atmosphere. Stop in and you’ll see what I mean. And parents, taekwondo isn’t just for the kids. With their family pricing everyone can get in on the action. They even offer circuit classes during the week so you can get fit over lunch. I really can’t say enough good things about this dojang. You will just have to come and see for yourself!

Rayelene Smith

Coach Chee and his staff are awesome, they create a wonderful sense of family and my boys have done so well in their environment, emotionally and mentally. They train hard and play hard. They are great role models and wonderful friends! Definitely the BEST in Albuquerque!!!!!

McKenna de la Garza
Bates Premier Taekwondo is the top of the line taekwondo training center. Their instructors are the best around, they are willing to go above and beyond in helping the students. As an athlete myself, their training program is the best I've seen. This is the best facility I've seen in New Mexico!

Shannon Porch

Our dCoach Chee for quite a while now; she received her Black Belt from Bates Premier TKD. Coach Chee absolutely loves what he does: he's dedicated, works hard for his kids, and he wants them to be the best! My husband and I love that Coach Chee 'pays attention' to what it takes for our daughter to be the best - when he's on the mat with her (in practice and in competitions) he's watching her technique, anticipating what she'll do next, and constantly making adjustments in order to help her do well! He also studies her opponents and uses that to make our girl better ...and ultimately to win! My husband is a yellow belt and is also with Coach Chee at Bates Premier TKD; he loves the training he's receiving, he's being pushed to do well and is getting better each day. He's very happy to have joined and is looking forward to not only advancing in Belts but advancing in his skills.aughter is 13 years old and has been with 

Vidal Michelle
Bates Premier Taekwondo is a high end MartialArts school in Albuquerque. They give more than 100% to their students, and the development of the students comes 1st. They have the very friendly family atmosphere that is very comfortable for first timer of any age. If your thinking of development of yourself or of your children. Bates Premier is a big step in the right direction.

Krasimir Rusev 
One of the Best in the Area and USA! Keep up the good work Bates Taekwondo! Highly recommend this facility and it's instructors! World class!

Loraine Guritzky 
Bates Premier Taekwondo is an excellent place for your whole family to experience Martial Arts at a high level. Professionalism abounds at this school: Coach Bates is an inspiring coach and mentor.

Elena King-Zangari 
I wish I lived in New Mexico!! Chee is wonderful with kids and puts his heart and soul into their training and their success!! Coach Chee has coached my son Cory King numerous times and has supported him in all his success ..I know for sure that any child in his care will get the best training in a loving atmosphere.. His family is the best and I have nothing but wonderful comments.. Your child will succeed and become a better person in his teachings and you will be welcomed whole heartedly into his family!! Wish I could give more than 5 stars!!!

Kerrie Kiefer

I was just thinking about how I am so happy I get all 3 of my sons enrolled in classes. It has helped the dynamics of our home for the better. I love that there are different levels for each of my sons even though they are in the same class, they get individualized training that is suited to them. They have matured and love going to class. Check them out.

Felecia Kluzinski 
Look no further, if you are looking for coaches and a school who's main goal is to teach your child or yourself to be the best of the best then look no further. Bates Premier Taekwondo prides itself in gaining experience, expertise and self confidence in exceptional training. You become part of a team and "family". The owners and masters strive to give you a positive outlook on your tae kwon do future. Give them a try and I promise, you will not be disappointed!

Chris Williams
I've known Chee for well over 10 years, he is great with the kids and takes this sport very seriously. He has helped my daughter more often than not at tournaments even when she competed against his school. We would give him our highest recommendation and if had the chance to train with him again would do it in a heart beat! He's good people!

Sebastian Perez 
It's a pleasure knowing and being a part of the Bates family. This family is full of amazing talent and desire to reach the top. Master Chee Bates method of training is professional and personal in all aspects in the sport of Taekwondo. Parents, son and daughter will be amazed by master Chee Bates technique and unique attitude that is taught to his students in this sport.

Regina Pioquinto 
My son has been training here and he loves it! In 2015, he won bronze at USA Taekwondo Nationals with Coach Chee. This year, he attained his black belt. He loves his taekwondo family so much that his brother and sister have also joined. At Nationals 2016, my other son won silver as a white belt. This is a great place for people of all ages to train and begin their Olympic journey. The Bates family rocks!

Claudia Valles-Priest
Coach Chee and the rest of the instructors are very dedicated and really make a difference in the kids athletic performance and love for TKD. With only six months of training my son brought back home a bronze medal from Nationals. He loves his Coach, instructors and teammates.

Lance Austin 
Bates Premier Taekwondo is ran by Coach Chee Bates who does an outstanding job motivating and inspiring his students of all ages. Great place to train and I recommend it to anyone and everyone look to learn and train at a high level....

Cory King 
I wish I lived in New Mexico! Chee is such a great instructor and coach! Coached me in countless matches and I have nothing but the highest respect for this school! A great opportunity to train first hand with an Olympic Caliber setting and overall great training! New Mexico just got a rare gift! I would rate this facility more stars if I could! Don't miss out if your in New Mexico!

Sabunim Song 
As a Taekwondo coach myself, I would highly recommend this school. Not only he is a great coach, his kids is also one of the best athletes in the U.S.

Sven Lorrimer 
The school is ran by my good friends that I use to train with back in Los Angeles California. Coach Chee is one of the many rare trainers and coaches that is in it for the athletes. He doesn't care about his stats or how good looks sitting in the chair. And I have seen him over there help kids and mold them into young great athletes. If there is any school in New Mexico I highly recommend this school.

The following is an article written by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) - the International Governing Body for the sport.

Tae kwon do is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind. Today, it has become a global sport that has gained an international reputation, and stands among the official games in the Olympics.

Let's take a closer look at the meaning of the word "Tae" "Kwon" "Do." It is composed of three parts as shown in the English spelling, though it is one word in Korean. "Tae" means "foot," "leg," or "to step on"; "Kwon" means "fist," or "fight"; and "Do" means the "way" or "discipline." If we put these three parts together, we can see two important concepts behind "Tae Kwon Do".

First, Tae kwon do is the right way of using Tae and Kwon 'fists and feet,' or all the parts of the body that are represented by fists and feet. Second, it is a way to control or calm down fights and keep the peace. This concept comes from the meaning of Tae Kwon 'to put fists under control' [or 'to step on fists']. Thus Taekwondo means "the right way of using all parts of the body to stop fights and help to build a better and more peaceful world."

Taek won do has been developing with the 5000-year long history of Korea, being called by several different names in the course. In Korea, Taekwondo began as a defense martial art called "Subak" or "Taekkyon," and developed as a way of training body and mind in the ancient kingdom of Koguryo, under the name of "Sunbae." In the Shilla period, it had become the backbone of Hwarangdo that aimed at producing leaders of the country.

Taekwondo today is similar to the martial arts in other Oriental countries and shares some features with them, because in the course of its evolution it has gained many different styles that existed in the martial arts of the countries surrounding Korea, like Japan and China.

But Taekwondo is very different from many such oriental martial arts. First, physically it is very dynamic with active movements that include a mirage of foot skills. Second, the principle physical movements are in simpatico with that of the mind and life as a whole. Third, it possesses dynamic poses from another perspective.

Taekwondo can be characterized by unity: the unity of body, mind, and life, and the unity of the pose ["poomsae"] and confrontation, and cracking down. When you do Taekwondo, you should make your mind peaceful and synchronize your mind with your movements, and extend this harmony to your life and society. This is how in Taekwondo the principle of physical movements, the principle of mind training, and the principle of life become one and the same. On the other hand, the right poomsae lead to the right confrontation, which will eventually produce great destructive power.

How come we reach such a unity in Taekwondo? Taekwondo is a way of life, much like having a job, raising a family, fighting for a cause, or any one of numerous raison d'etre. What makes Taekwondo different from these is that it is an activity for survival in extremely antagonistic situations. One must always overcome the enemy that is trying to cause harm. But simply winning a fight is not enough to guarantee one's safety, because the enemy may recuperate and attack again. Moreover, there may be many other enemies than the one that was just defeated. One cannot ever feel safe unless one gains permanent peace. To attain this permanent or lasting peace, one needs unity. This is what Taekwondo aim for. Otherwise Taekwondo would be no different from any other street-fighting skills.

Taekwondo pursues harmonious growth and improvements of life through its unique activities. This is why one could say Taekwondo is a way of life. To ultimately enable ourselves to lead more valuable lives, we would do well by finding the guiding principles deeply hidden in Taekwondo.

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we
can catch exellence."
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