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Criticism April Word of the Month Week 4


Week 4

“Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish one’s growth without destroying one’s roots.”



Translation for Adults

Criticizing people close to  you  is  a  very  delicate task, and it can only be done successfully if you are

extremely tactful and gentle. Remember, the goal of positive, or constructive, criticism  is  to  help  others grow, not “wither on the vine.” Just as the rain aids in the growth of a plant, your constructive criticism must aid in the growth of a person.


Translation for Kids

Whenever you criticize others, especially  a  family member or friend, you must do it as gently as possible. It is important to remember that the goal of your positive criticism is to help them grow and become better. Never criticize just to make others feel bad. Act like a Black Belt and be gentle and tactful, when  you  help others improve with positive criticism.


Class Discussion for Kids

  1. Why is it important to be gentle and tactful when criticizing others? What could happen if you were too harsh with your criticism?
  2. When was the last time you criticized someone too harshly? What could you have said differently to be more positive?


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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