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  1. My First Taekwondo

    Marco Duenes

    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.

  2. Not the end but the beginning

    Kellie Bland

    I've been in karate for my whole life. I’ve been in karate on and off until I finally found the right karate studio and I’m about to achieve one of my many great goals in life. My name is Kellie Bland and this is my story.

    Since was five years old I was in a karate studio in garland every Friday. I always went to competition I was the complete opposite then I am now. At competition I was good at sparring but bad at poomse now I'm ok at sparring and good at poomse. At competition I got my baby tooth knocked out and I got a 5 minute break to give the tooth to my parent, go wash my mouth out, and then go get some water I did that came back and won the round. Another time when I was seven I was at competition and this girl around my height and I sparred and I went to step forward roundhouse and she moved to the side and when I step forward I stepped on her toe on accident the paramedics looked at it and I broke her toe on accident. I always got first place in sparring but every time I did poomse I did it wrong.

    When I was nine I stopped karate because there studio moved to Fort Worth I was out of karate for about two years and when I was ten I moved to Mesquite and when I was eleven I started Park's Martial Arts.

    I love Tae Kwon Do it’s my passion if I was out of karate I would probably be bored all day. I love how it relieves stress and relaxes me. I love how this studio goes through step by step I'm learning my stances and the right movements and getting my back stance right and not me just kind of bending my leg still got a lot of work to do but almost there. And I hear black belts say it’s not the end but the beginning and don’t quit now you still got a ways to go.

    I will like to thank my family and everybody who supported me and encouraged me. I can't believe I finally made it and I will soon finally accomplish something great something I always wanted to accomplish and that is to get my black belt. I would also like to thank my former instructor whose name was also James Park and I would like to thank Master Park and Mrs. Moon Lee for all of my of the help and encouragement from everyone I’ve learned you can accomplish anything if you set your mind to.

    Kellie Bland - 6/5/13

  3. The Journey

    Andrea Bueno

    My name is Andrea Bueno Arreola, I am 13 years old and I was born in Watsonville, California. I have been in Tae Kwon Do since I was 5. My brother and sister were in karate, but they never got their black belt so I want to finish it. I started at Pleasant Oaks Recreation Center with Mr. Walker. I love sparring! That is why I am at Grand Master Park's studio. I have learned so much in his class that I went back to my old tournament with my teacher Mr. Walker and I won 1st place thanks to Grand Master Park! There has been so many times I just wanted to quit, but I didn’t because of the sign, "Quitters never win... winners never quit." LET’S GO BLACK BELTS!

    What I like about Grand Master Park's class is that you have to never give up and achieve your goals. I have a lot of help from a lot of the other black belts. They make sure everything is perfect. I felt it was hard to just start where I left off in Grand Master Park's studio, but little by little, I caught on and now the black belt test is here. It is one of the dreams I always wanted to accomplish because of my cousin, Lily. She is a 3rd degree black belt. She is my role model. I have gone through tough times in karate, winning, losing and practicing, but it’s all worth it. It may just be a belt, but it’s a goal, a dream, and an achievement.

    There were times when class was difficult for me. I would cry because I thought the teacher was too hard on me or that I wasn’t flexible like other black belts. Those times I wanted to quit. From now on, I know Grand Master Park is a one of the best teachers I have ever known in my whole entire life and I was for sure that I will pass the black belt test with confidence, accuracy, and courage. Once again, I would like to thank one of the best teachers I know, Grand Master Park for helping me achieve one of these goals in my life.

    I have dreamt of the day when I get my black belt in martial arts, I would be in the studio and my whole family would be taking up space to see me get my black belt. My mom, dad, sister, brother, and baby niece would be right there supporting me in this achievement. To me, it is like a fairy tale dream that is about to come true.

  4. How Tae Kwon Do impacted my life

    Becky Flores-Rippy

    Tae Kwon Do has greatly impacted my life. When I first started Tae Kwon Do almost two years ago, I did not expect to change. It has transformed me mentally and physically. It has had an impact on how others view me and how I view others. Tae Kwon Do has open doors to a new culture, traditions and social experience, with the ability to walk with peace and confidence.

    The structure and discipline of Tae Kwon Do are very important to me. I believe that they contain specific meaning and lessons that will help make me a better person. I've encountered some rough times since I've joined. The disciplines have helped me through these rough times. Remembering back when I was a white belt watching black belts and high belts practice saying to myself one day I would also like to become black belt. Before I knew it, I was attending more classes and trying even harder. Through my training I've learned to always look for ways to improve myself, regardless of how difficult it might seem. I've benefited in many ways: gained flexibility, speed, strength, and most of all endurance. I would like to express special thanks to my family and friends. Without their encouragement I would not be here today about to attain first degree black belt. I would also like to give thanks to Grand Master Park and instructors for being there to help me and for everything that they have taught me.

    Tae Kwon Do has given me the discipline, motivation and determination to also follow my quest with physical fitness. Applying what I've learned to weight training has given me strength and tone muscles that have been neglected for years. I have become powerful and maintain a better concentration when executing techniques in both sports. I have learned to incorporate both sports to achieve the greatest results.

    Without Tae Kwon Do, I don’t know what kind of person I would be today. More importantly, I am learning a new way of life and new way of living. As I begin to succeed in achieving higher belt ranks and develop a deep respect for knowledge and pursuit of excellence. I hope to become a symbol of my personal growth as a person.

  5. Finally... My 1st Degree Black Belt!

    Jose A. Gonzalez

    I should be testing for my 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo in a few weeks. Why would I say finally if we all know that this is really the beginning in martial arts? Well... probably because I will be 52 years old in less than two months, but my story with martial arts started when I was 14. After trying several times before, in this occasion, I decided not to quit.

    I practiced Shotokan Karate for about a year in 1975 in Panama. The studio was far from home, and public transportation was not very efficient, so I stopped practicing. A few years later, when I was in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the same thing happened. At a certain moment in the 80’s I also practiced Aikido and a little bit of Iaido for a few months. But I was never able to reach a really advanced degree.

    My son practiced Karate in Panama for more than 6 years. He got his black belt in Kempo and Shoryn Ryu when he was 13. A few years later, he decided to stop practicing to play soccer. A couple of years ago, now here in Texas, he mentioned that he would like to do martial arts again. I told him that, if he decided to do martial arts again, I would do it too. We looked at 5 or 6 martial arts schools in the Mesquite area, and my son told me that Grand Master Park's dojang was the studio that he liked the most.

    We decided to join Park's Martial Arts more than two years ago. The first thing that I noticed was the banner that says "Quitters never win... winners never quit." I decided not to quit this time. It has not been easy. I am not as young as most of the students that practice with me, my right knee gets quite painful due to cartilage thinning, and my weight doesn’t help too much either. But after a few years of trying as hard as I can, I will finally be testing for my black belt very soon.

    Taekwondo has helped me to improve my health. Since I started to practice, I have improved my flexibility, I have lost about 25 pounds, and our family doctor told me to stop taking my medicine for high blood pressure, since I did not need it anymore. I also feel more relaxed and sleep a lot better.

    Since I know that a black belt is just the beginning of one’s journey in the martial arts, I hope to be able to continue working hard for many more years. I have already decided that the day in which I test for my first black belt will also be the day in which I start working towards my second degree black belt. I just hope to be able to learn more Hapkido and some Gumdo too!