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Confidence part 2


Week 2

“If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist painter

Translation for Adults

Whenever that little voice in your head says, “Can’t,” resist with the focus and discipline of a martial artist. Most of your goals, dreams and aspirations are possible, although that voice tries to convince you otherwise. Ultimately, you make the decision to be an “ I can’t” or an “I can.” Have confidence in your abilities and you will always be an “I can” and an “I did.” Many middle-aged single mothers who returned to college to complete their degrees initially thought it was impossible. They found the confidence in themselves, however, to sidestep their doubt, focus on their goal and reap the rewards. Continue to develop your confidence, so regardless of how loud the voice may become, your confidence and accomplishments will silence it.

Translation for Kids

Sometimes, you are the greatest obstacle to your goals. That little voice in your head tells you it can’t be done. Use your martial arts focus and discipline to silence that voice. Focus your confidence on your goal or task. You will achieve it. You can master a really cool jump spin kick. Tell yourself “I can,” and then jump and kick with confidence. You can be a straight “A” student. Tell yourself, “I am smart enough to reach that goal.” Listen to your voice of confidence. It will guide you to your goals.


Class Discussion for Kids

  1. What goal did you accomplish that, at first, you thought was impossible?
  2. How did it make you feel when you were successful?


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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