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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!

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.

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.



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!


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!

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.

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.

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!


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.​


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.


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.

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.​

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....


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!


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!!!


Tighe Burg:

Bates Premier Taekwondo is one of the best! We travel often and have been to many different schools and we absolutely love the the training here. Coach Chee is an excellent instructor and emphasizes good focus, work ethic, technique, leadership and family fun. Would highly recommend Bates Premier Taekwondo!



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!

Michelle Todacheene:

My boys and I both attend this gym. The little Braves class is GREAT! My 3yr old went from barely being able to sit still for 2 mins to being able to focus for 30 mins. My 11yr old was a little overweight and Coach Chee was able to get him back on track! My son is focused and healthy. Being the busy mom that I am, coach Chee and his staff helps by picking up afterschool and ensuring my kiddo has a safe place to be. This is HANDS DOWN the best place and Coach to have in your child's life. Invest in your child, and invest in their future at Bates Premier Taekwondo- you will not be disappointed!​



Diana Owen:

We've had our daughter in BPT for over 2 years. I've personally taken the BPT circuit training and absolutely loved it. The atmosphere, the instructors and Coach Chee are all amazing people to work and train with. Bates Premier Taekwondo will always have our full support. #supportourlocal #BPT #BPTSTRONG #Taekwondo #locallyownedandoperated



Lisa Lucero:

Chee Bates is an Amazing coach! My Husband, daughter and I all train at Bates Premier. Coach Bates is a serious and dedicated instructor. He focuses on individual athletic growth and team atmosphere. His training techniques coincide with the World Taekwondo Federation recommend training regimen. Coach also incorporates his mixed martial arts background into his training plan. This combination of training styles results in spectacular athletes. I also appreciate that coach is open and respectful to martial arts from all cultural backgrounds and doesn't reprimand you for trying different styles. Thanks for all you do Coach Bates!

Jason Hammond:

Great gym for any age. i'm learning Taekwondo with my son and it's an excellent way to bond with my son and learn great life skills at the same time. Coach Chee is great; both patient when necessary and strict when appropriate.

Lydelle Davies:

An absolutely first class facility and faculty! You could not do better in choosing this wonderful TKD school. Great classes, fantastic support fir students and their families. It's the best!

Kim Cusick:

Bates Premier Taekowndo & Jiu Jitsu is a fun, family atmosphere. The kids are all respectful and kind to one another. They are taught to become mentors and help teach which I believe encourages great leadership skills and confidence. They are the only competitive school in New Mexico. The athletes at BPT travel all over the country and compete against some of the top athletes in the nation and often WIN!!
Coach Chee loves what he does and loves the kids. You couldn't ask for more from a coach or a school!


Bates Taekwondo

2820 Richmond Dr NE

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107

(505) 985-9091

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