PARKLAND TAEKWONDO CENTER
US Open Bronze Medal 2015
Coach Marco Nogueira
5th Degree Black Belt
My name is Marco Nogueira, or just Coach Marco. I grew up loving martial arts and when I had my first job (13 years old) I finally began training. The first years were extremely hard... I was very weak, shy and with lots of coordination and balance problems. My first instructor and peers wouldn't understand my difficulties . I was the "worst" student in one of the very best DOJANs and every day after the training I had a thousand reasons not to ever go back there. However something inside me kept pushing me forward... I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO QUIT , I WOULD NEVER GIVE UP , no matter how challenging it was.
It took me 7 years of very hard work to become a BLACK BELT.
After moving to United States I was very fortunate to meet MARK WILLIAMS who began coaching me and brought me to his Master... The late Grand Master Ki Chung Kim in West Orange NJ , Master Kim was one of the best fighters and Coaches in Taekwondo history. There I had chance to train in the daily basis with great US champions , Kevin Padilla, Keith Kelly, Mark Williams , Peter Bardatsos and Herb Perez (Olympic Gold Medalist 92) to name a few.
With 35 years of experience training, coaching and still competing at International Level , I can understand and help athletes overcome their difficulties ; physically and psychologically . My students always help each other and work as a team or family. Their overall growth is our priority and they'll learn how to deal with the problems , searching for solutions rather than quitting it! Perseverance and Respect are the building blocks of our Dojan.