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March Word of the Month – Character Wk 2


Week 2

”A ‘No’ uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.”

Mahatma Gandhi, 20th century proponent of non-violence and the spiritual leader of India’s independence


Translation for Adults

A large part of your character is the beliefs you hold sacred. Everyone has his or her own values and belief systems. The true test of character is: Do you stand by those beliefs even when they might not be popular? It is not worth sacrificing your  integrity  to  please  others no matter who they are. Staying true to your values, although difficult, is always better than succumbing to what other people may want you to believe.


Translation for Kids

There will be instances throughout your  life  when people you know will ask you  to  do  something  you know is wrong, such as try drugs or alcohol or hurt another person. This will test your  character.  When faced with peer pressure, it is important that you have the Black Belt confidence to say, “NO,” and  stand  by your beliefs. It is far better to keep your beliefs strong and do what you know is right than just to say, “Yes,” to please your friends.


Class Discussion for Kids

  1. When was your character challenged, but you stood by your beliefs?
  2. How did you feel when your character did not waiver?


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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