Front row, Master Dave Bateman (Sixth Dan) first place, Olympic Sparring. Back row, from left Katie May (Red Belt) Assistant Coach, Douglas White (Blue Belt) third place, Olympic Sparring and MariLiis Bateman (Red Belt) second place. Olympic Sparring. Not pictured are team members Dustin Guyton (Yellow Belt) and Bobby Strickland (Blue Belt). The team is displaying their Master’s Victory Sword that Bateman was awarded after winning first place in the championship.
Bateman’s USA TaeKwonDo started the 2011 competition year off with Master Dave Bateman leading the team to victory. On Jan. 29,the team attended the annual Winter Battle in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., the largest Olympic TaeKwonDo championship in the Southeast with 350 plus competitors attending.