Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International – UK Branch Sensei
Sensei Fred Bateman
Sensei Bateman was one of the first instructors in the UK with the knowledge of a style of Matayoshi Kobudo. Back then he was a 4th Dan Black Belt in this system. However, this was soon to changed when he eventually discovered a much superior system taught by Sanguinetti Sensei of the MKKI. Sensei Bateman’s journey to his current position now is given below.
It was his keen interest in the Martial Arts that eventually led him to the weapons art of Kobudo. This was back in 1993 when he started to learn Okinawan Kobudo, which was based upon a form of the Matayoshi Kobudo style. Then in 1998 he got the opportunity to travel to Okinawa, Naha, to train with Kaicho Takiashi Kinjo (9th Dan) and also with Mikio Nishiuchi on mainland Japan. It was in Okinawa that he was graded to 2nd Dan in that style of Kobudo. During this time Sensei Bateman was also exposed to a style of Karate called Pangai-noon-ryu (also known as Uechi-ryu). Back in the years between 1996 & 1998 he opened a Kobudo dojo in Darlington to teach this system along side his Karate. This he did right up until he was invited to attend a Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan Gasshuku in 2007 where he met Sensei Franco Sanguinetti (8th Dan). Bateman Sensei was so impressed with the teaching of Sanguinetti Sensei, and with this Matayoshi system that he decided to affiliate to Sensei Sanguinetti and the Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International.
Then during the second Gasshuku in 2008, Sanguinetti Sensei awarded Bateman Sensei a Shodan in the system. It is his ambition with other instructors coming on board to see Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International grow in the UK.
Bateman Sensei was awarded the Nidan by Sanguinetti Sensei during the 2011 Gasshuku. Over the years his knowledge and experience in the Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan system has expanded. This is due to the exposure he has with every visit by Sanguinetti Sensei during the UK’s Annual Gasshuku’s. He has trained with world recognised MKKI Sensei, and have met instructors from other countries, such as from the USA, Argentina, Germany, and Belgium
At the end of the MKKI UK Branch 10th Annual Gasshuku in 2015, Bateman Sensei was graded to Sandan.