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Jan 2021 Word of Month Week 4 – Excellence


Week 4

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”

Pat Riley, coach of the NBA’s Miami Heat

Translation for Adults

No one can achieve excellence without plenty of hard work and dedication. Excellence doesn’t just happen overnight. Excellence isn’t measured by how well you accomplish an activity or task, but rather how much did you improve today compared to yesterday. Striving to improve a little bit each day may seem like you are not progressing, but the gradual accumulation of small improvements will lead to excellence. If you challenge yourself everyday to perform better than yesterday, then excellence is within your reach.

Translation for Kids

Do you think it’s possible to be a White Belt today and become a Black Belt tomorrow? That’s impossible because earning a Black Belt requires years of training and practice. Achieving any kind of excellence in life means you must work hard. You can’t expect to do a new martial arts move correctly the first time your instructor shows it to your class. You can do that new move with excellence if you improve a little bit every day.

Sometimes, you may not think you are progressing, but those little bits of improvement every day will soon lead to excellence.

Class Discussion for Kids

  1. What can do every day to advance toward Black Belt excellence?
  2. What is another activity or goal in your life that you are striving for excellence? How can you achieve your goal?


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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