For those who don’t know me really well, my name is Marco Dueñes Gomez and I’m from Tijuana, Baja California Mexico. I’m very outgoing and I can make new friends very easily.
When I first started doing Tae Kwon Do, I was only 6 years old and we all live in Mexico back then. The reason why I started TKD was because, every day that my mom picked me up from school, she would always get complains about my behavior. Sometimes was that I hit someone apparently for no reason or I kicked somebody because someone else started it. Either excuse worked for me to react that way. Other times, the complain was that I didn’t follow directions, or I didn’t want to share something with my peers, or I didn’t want to do my work, or I didn’t wait for turns, or that I threw myself from the tables in the classroom or I just sneak out of my room to go to the playground to play on the swings. The list of complains would go on and on so my mom decided to take me with a specialist since she saw some ADHD traits in me and she didn’t know how to handle me.
When they confirmed the diagnosis and told her that in fact, I was ADHD, she never wanted to medicate me because, besides that I was only 5, she thought that the best way to deal with that would be for me to learn how to auto control and discipline myself, since there is not cure for ADHD. So she enrolled me in TKD classes.
My personality has made a huge turn since then. My mom and teachers have a hard time believing I am the same kid I used to be 6 years ago. My parents and all my family in Mexico feel very proud about the positive change I have made and I personally feel proud of myself for getting out of trouble at school and for being able to accomplish something this big and important as my Black Belt 1st Dan.
Thanks to Master Park’s guidance, coaching, and even those "over the limit-pushing moments" that sometimes made me feel like crying, I’ll be able to wear my Black Belt.
My belt will be a great remainder of all the good is inside me and that I can accomplish anything I set up myself for.
I feel really happy about today.