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At Bates Premier Taekwondo, we practice Olympic Style Taekwondo also known as Sport Taekwondo, an Olympic sport that is practiced worldwide.  Sport Taekwondo strategically challenges the mind and body at high levels of physical fitness.  We prepare our athletes for competition in both sparring (kyorugi) and forms (poomsae).  Our competition poomsae team competes in Taegeuk forms. 

BPT's Competition Team is a dynamic and challenging training program.  The BPT program gets the athletes to the next level.  We develop Taekwondo athletes capable of successfully competing at the state, national, and international levels.  We develop Champions!  

My Coaching Philosophy
By:  Coach Chee Bates

I have four main coaching philosophies that I’ve garnered over many years as a coach, father, and athlete. 

1.   Lead by example – To be a good leader one must have integrity.  Having integrity means doing the right thing even when no one is looking.  As a coach, this establishes credibility for you with your students and also with parents.  You have to have respect for everyone you interact with, whether they are higher ranking or lower ranking than you; this also means not playing favorites with people.  Leading by example on the mat, for me, means showing the athletes specific drills and moves versus simply telling them. 

2.   Always work your hardest and never quit – Whatever it is, you must have passion for what you're doing.  Live, breathe, eat, and sleep your mission.  Being supportive, you need to foster a positive training environment that allows your athletes to flourish.  The obvious is also providing the right equipment and training facility to allow the athlete to be able to train.  You have to know your students, what drives them and keeps them motivated.  Play to their strengths and build on their weaknesses.  Also, by aligning the reward and recognition systems that best match your athlete style help to encourage them to stay focused and in the game.  For the student's positive self-image, it’s important to praise in public and discipline in private.  As I learned with my own children, I can use reverse psychology to encourage with my daughter; whereas with my son, I have to use positive reinforcement. 

3.   Use defeat as a learning experience and always work to improve – No one wants to lose, but in competition it’s inevitable.  As a coach, I want to make sure my athlete is well prepared for competition, mentally and physically.  It’s important for the team to stay focused and eliminate distractions on game day.  It’s just as important to my athlete that I’m prepared and ready to coach; that includes knowing show times, bracketing information, and competition rules.  If my athlete does lose, I have compassion for them.  They have to know that I care for them and that, together, we go back to the gym to learn from our mistakes.  We are respectful in defeat, and always congratulate our opponent.  Our take away:  they were the better fighter, that day.    

4.   To Win! – Taekwondo is a competitive sport; there are winners and there are losers as there are in life.  I don’t believe in participation medals, because it gives athletes false expectations that they’ll be awarded something even when they lose.  It’s human nature to want to win.  It feels good.  That’s what I want my athletes to think, to feel.  Humility is very important in winning.  It demonstrates control and good sportsmanship.  When my athletes win, we celebrate!  It’s important to praise them; they deserve it. 
"My attitude is that if you push me towards a weakness, I will turn that weakness into a strength" 
                                                      - Michael Jordan
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