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May Word Month Excellence – 3


Week 3

“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

Booker T. Washington, African-American educator

Translation for Adults

Doing only what others ask you to do is taking the path of least resistance, and that leads to complacency and mediocrity. If you’re goal in life is to just “get by,” then you will never accomplish or experience excellence. Excellence means doing more than is required by others; it’s setting goals beyond the norm because you expect more from you. If you want to distinguish yourself, you must direct all your energies at your goals. Only then will you be recognized for your achievements. Keep your goal in mind, so that you never become complacent, and always challenge yourself to do more.

Translation for Kids

You can earn a passing grade in school or your Black Belt with a minimum of effort, but you’ll never achieve excellence until you try to do your very best. Excellence means doing more than others expect you to do. Set tougher goals for yourself. When you achieve them you’ll feel really great. When you want to achieve Black Belt excellence you must attend extra classes, practice on your own, ask your instructor for help when you need it and challenge yourself to try new moves. The only way you can achieve excellence is with your best effort and doing more than is required.

Class Discussion for Kids

  1. How can only doing what is required keep you from reaching excellence?
  2. What is one way you can do more in school, at home or in martial arts?


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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