Bowman arrived in Fort McMurray in 1993 and within a few weeks started Bowman’s Tae Kwon Do Academy. From his initial 15 students has seen literally thousands of students come through the program.
A Kukkiwon 6th Degree Black Belt holder, Bowman has produced: more than 70 kukkiwon black belt holders, 50 provincial medalists, 30 junior national medalists, several senior national medalists along with several members who have competed on the international stage.
In 1999, 90 percent of the Alberta provincial team for Taw Kwon Do was made up of members of Bowman’s Tae Kwon Do Academy.
A certified mixed martial arts trainer (Pat Miletich Fighting Systems) and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor (Rodrigo Mundurcua Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), Bowman ventured out into the world of professional martial arts a few years back and now has more than 20 professional fighters in his Bowman’s Mixed Martial Arts Club including the well-respected Dwayne “D-Bomb” Lewis.
Bowman had his own five minutes of fame in the octagon, or make that 54 seconds of fame, when he defeated the pop culture icon Butterbean (Eric Esch) with a submission on punches October 21, 2011 at Prestige Fighting Championship III held at the Casmen Centre. Bowman retired with a professional record of 3-0-0. Bowman also hosted the provincial championship in Tae Kwon Do in 1998 and 2002.
Bowman is also owner Bowman’s Martial Arts, co-owner of MMA promotion company Prestige FC and the founder of Fort McMurray Mixed Martial Arts Association.
“I’m really surprised and honoured that I was even thought of with that group…it’s really surreal,” said Bowman of his selection to the Class of 2012, in an interview with the Fort McMurray TODAY.
“Personally, I’m extremely happy. I’ve been doing martial arts for 32 years now and I’ve got letters from the Prime Minister and the MLA just for working with kids who have gone all over the world competing. It just shows the local community appreciates what I’ve been doing here. So for me it’s a huge honour.”
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