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May Word Month Excellence


Week 1

“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.”

Michael J. Fox, TV and film actor

Translation for Adults

Many adults think they must be perfect to earn the respect of family members, friends and co- workers. Not only does this cause unnecessary stress, but also it’s impossible. Instead, aim for excellence, not perfection. You are more likely to achieve your goals if they are realistic. Personal and professional excellence is achievable when you work hard and perform to the best of your abilities. If you put forth your best effort everyday, even if it is not perfect, then you can achieve excellence.

Translation for Kids

Have you ever been upset at yourself when you gave the wrong answer in school? How about a sloppy move during your martial arts class? Did you ever make a mistake in front of your parents? You don’t need to be perfect to be a good student, martial artist, son, daughter or friend. It is natural to make mistakes. Mistakes help you learn how to make good decisions. Set realistic goals and work hard, and you’ll have the best opportunity to achieve your goals. You’ll be the best you can be, and that is excellence.

Striving for excellence is not about limiting yourself; it means trying your best every day.

Class Discussion for Kids

  1. Tell us when you tried to be perfect? Did you make mistakes?
  2. What must you do every day to achieve excellence?



Week 2

“The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.”

John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

Translation for Adults

Studies have revealed again and again that most adults are stuck in jobs they do not enjoy and provide little or no satisfaction. You are more likely to excel at tasks and occupations that you enjoy doing. Maybe you are unhappy with your job because you feel it is below you or that you should hold a more authoritative position. The path to happiness (your goal) is to work hard to earn that position. If you use your skills to aim for excellence, then you are more likely to reach your full potential.

Translation for Kids

If you enjoy your math lesson at school, then you are probably a very good math student. If you’re excited about every martial arts class, listen to your instructor and practice at home, then you are probably a very good martial arts student. If you don’t enjoy an activity, then it is difficult to do it well. When you’re confronted by challenge that you would rather not face, you must develop the skills and set your goals to achieve excellence. You may discover that you enjoy an activity you never thought you would. You’ll have to work hard, but your reward is the great feeling of excellence.

Class Discussion for Kids

  1. What do you enjoy doing more: things you do well or things you do poorly?
  2. How can practicing help you enjoy it more?


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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