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Kyoshi Jeff Bateman
8th Dan - Okinawan Shorinryu Karatedo
7th Dan - Zen Okinawan Kobudo

Kyoshi Jeff Bateman is a 8th Degree Black Belt (Hachidan) in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate and a 7th Degree Black Belt (Nanadan) in Zen Okinawan Kobudo. He began his training in August of 1980, but suffered a broken leg in November. Since he was unable to run, he began his weapons training in order to defend himself. The first system of Karate and Kobudo that he learned was under Grand Master Shugoro Nakazato called Shorin-Ryu Shorin-Kan. He received his Black Belt in 1985 at a summer camp at Buckroe Beach in Hampton, Virginia, from Grand Master Nakazato. Through this system, he attained the rank of 4th Dan and then became affiliated with Master Tadashi Yamashita in 1988.

 

Under the guidance of Master Yamashita, Kyoshi Bateman received his Shihan title in 1991, his Renshi title in 1997, and his Kyoshi title in 2006. In 2001, he was appointed to the Board of Directors for Yamashita International as the East Coast Director. As one of Master Yamashita’s top students, he oversees seminars held throughout the region including the Annual East Coast Masters Seminar. Kyoshi Bateman is a Certified Instructor with the Yamashita International Budo Association after having received Part I Certification in 2005 and Part II Certification in 2006.

 

Kyoshi Bateman traveled to Okinawa, Japan in 1992 as a member of the USA/OBI (Okinawan Budo International) Demonstration Team for an exhibition with Master Yamashita. He returned to Okinawa with Master Yamashita in 1999 for the first annual celebration of Sensei Matayoshi’s death. In 2001, he traveled to mainland Japan to compete in the Ninja Tournament where he suffered an injury to his shoulder and knee. In 2003, Kyoshi Bateman returned to Okinawa and trained with Master Yamashita in Matayoshi’s dojo and then traveled with him to Kyoto, Japan. Kyoshi Bateman has also traveled extensively throughout the United States, including Hawaii, to compete in tournaments and training seminars.

 

Over the years, Kyoshi Bateman has sustained many injuries such as a broken leg and hand, broken fingers and toes, twisted and ripped ligaments, numerous surgeries to both knees, and an eye injury that almost caused him to lose it. However, none of these have permanently kept him from competing in the sport he loves. He has competed in AAU state, regional, and national tournaments. He was Virginia AAU All State Champion in 1993 and 1994 and a Gold and Silver medallist at the 1993 AAU East Coast Regional Championships. He as been a Virginia Commonwealth Games Champion every year since 1992 until his retirement from competition in 2006, and in 1998 was chosen as the “National Congress of State Games – Male Athlete of the Year”. In 2000, he was inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame as “Regional Competitor of the Year”. Then in 2001, he was inducted into the United States Hall of Fame as “Master Competitor of the Year”.

 

Kyoshi Bateman has received many awards and achievements for his perseverance in the martial arts. In 1999, he was inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame as “Master Instructor of the Year”. In 2001 and 2002, he was named Worldwide Martial Arts Hall of Fame “Master of the Year”. The Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame has recognized him for “Outstanding Achievements in the Martial Arts”, “Continuance of Excellence in the Preservation of the Martial Arts”, and “Goodwill Ambassador to the Martial Arts”. He has also been inducted into the International Association Martial Arts Hall of Fame, USA Hall of Fame, World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

 

Kyoshi Bateman has been teaching Karate and Kobudo for over 24 years and has 23 Black Belts under him that he has trained and tested. He appears as a bad guy in the movie “PSYCHO KICKBOXER – The Dark Angel” with Curtis Bush, 5 -time World Kickboxing Champion. He has also appeared on the Discovery Channel several times in the TV shows “The New Detectives” and “The FBI Files”, as well as on radio shows, newspapers, and magazines.


Kyoshi's Awards & Honors
Awards and Accomplishments...

Hall of Fame Honors...

1992 Virginia State Games Champion

1993 Virginia AAU All State Champion

1994 Presidential Sports Award

1994 Virginia AAU All State Champion

1994 Virginia AAU State Champion

1994 Virginia State Games Champion

1997 Virginia State Games Champion

1998 Virginia State Games Champion

1998 National Congress - "Male Athlete of the Year Virginia"

1999 Virginia State Games Champion

1999 World Karate Union Hall of Fame - "Master Instructor of the Year,"
held in Pennsylvania on June 26, 1999.

2000 Virginia State Games Champion

2000 World Karate Union Hall of Fame - "Regional Competitor of the Year"

2001 Virginia State Games Champion

2001 Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame -
"Outstanding Achievements in the Martial Arts"

2001 Worldwide Martial Arts Hall of Fame - "Master of the Year"

2001 United States Hall of Fame - "Master Competitor of the Year"

2001 I.A.M.A. - "International Association Martial Arts Hall of Fame"

2002 Virginia State Games Champion

2002 Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame -
"Continuance of Excellence In The Preservation to the Martial Arts"

2002 USA Hall of Fame - "Zenith Award"

2002 World Martial Arts Hall of Fame - "Outstanding Contributions to the Martial Arts"

2002 Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame - "Master of the Year"

2002 Worldwide Martial Arts Hall of Fame - "Master instructor of the Year"

2003 Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame - "Good Will Ambassador to the Martial Arts"

2004 Virginia State Games Champion

2005 Budo International Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame

2005 Virginia State Games Champion

2006 Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame - "Good Will Ambassador to the Martial Arts"

 

 

 

Karate Poll

Who is the best Martial Artist?

Cynthia Rothrock - 26.9%
Bruce Lee - 25.5%
Jeff Bateman - 21.1%
Tadashi Yamashita - 11.5%
Chuck Norris - 3.6%
Jet Li - 3.6%
Jackie Chan - 3.8%
Sonny Chiba - 2.3%
Brandon Lee - 0.8%
Bolo Yueng - 0.6%
on Dragon - 0.2%

Total votes: 521
The voting for this poll has ended on: October 19, 2013



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