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Character Lesson – Failure wk 4

Week 4

“You always pass failure on the way to success.”

Mickey Rooney, American actor

Translation for Adults

You are not a failure just because you haven’t yet succeeded to reach your goal. It is unusual to succeed the first time you try. Success has little value if it is that easy. The value of a single success is that you didn’t allow the many failures you experienced to stop you from succeeding. Don’t think of your failures as impassable roadblocks, but signs that guide you on the road to success. Failures help you adjust your direction, so you remain targeted on your goal. It is probably safe to say that you can’t really reach your goal unless you fail because you wouldn’t know which way to go.

Translation for Kids

Achieving your goals is a series of steps. It is a path you must follow. You will fail many times as you travel on that path. You can’t stop because of one failure. You must try that new kick during martial arts class. You will learn to do it right. You won’t give up. You will learn from failure. You will try again and again. Your hard work will move you toward your goal of Black Belt. You will move past your failures.

Learning from failure helps to direct you toward your goal. Failure helps you to concentrate on your goal. Failure is motivation. It will guide you toward your goal.

Class Discussion for Kids

  1. What important lesson did you learn when you failed?
  2. How can failure help lead you to success?


The Rochester Kung Fu & Fitness was founded in 2005 by Master Paul Gruschow, Rochester Kung Fu & Fitness’s lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Rochester Kung Fu & Fitness’s adult program is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape) or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.

Rochester Kung Fu and Fitness has a large family program, where families can learn martial arts and character in a friendly supportive environment. Where families together can improve their physical development with their Kung Fu and improve their character and learn lifelong skills as a family.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Rochester Kung Fu & Fitness or call directly at 585-413-0835. You can also visit our website at

About Master Paul J. Gruschow:  Paul is a Ninth-Generation Master of the 7-Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu System under world renowned Grand Master Raymond Fogg and the United States Kung Fu Exchange Federation. Master Paul Gruschow sits on the board of the United States Kung Fu Exchange Federation as well. He has been teaching martial arts for over 20 years and has created many top internationally ranked competitors. Master Gruschow is a motivational speaker and educator and teaches seminars in bullying, self-defense, and martial arts training, around the world.

The Rochester Kung Fu & Fitness is located at 2496 West Ridge Rd, Rochester NY 14626.

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