“A minute’s success pays the failures of years.”
Robert Browning, Scottish poet
Translation for Adults
The only worthwhile rewards in life are those you must work hard to obtain or achieve. The failures you experienced during the effort only makes your success sweeter. When you reach that goal that required you to fight through one failure after another, even the briefest feeling of accomplishment is worth all the hard work and effort. Often, to reach that point and experience that feeling, you must fail first.
Failure is always difficult to overcome, but it wouldn’t be much of a teacher if it didn’t make you work hard, so you could experience “a minute’s success” that feels so satisfying.
Translation for Kids
You must work hard to succeed. You will fail many times. You have the Black Belt spirit. You will continue to work hard. You will never stop working toward your Black Belt. Success feels very good. Success is sweet like candy. Even a small taste of candy is good. The very first minute you are a Black Belt will also be sweet. Work hard and you will have that feeling someday. Don’t stop when you fail. You will feel so great on the day your instructor gives you your Black Belt. You failed and you succeeded. That may be more important than your Black Belt.
Class Discussion for Kids
- How can failure cause you to lose sight of your goal?
- When did you succeed and realized the value of your hard work?
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 Greecekungfu.com.
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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