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October Word of the Month – Risk part 4


Week 4

“You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”

Annie Dillard, contemporary American author

Translation for Adults

You can’t analyze and calculate risks too closely or you’ll find yourself confused and filled with indecision. Some risks, and the rewards they bring, require that you are willing to step off a cliff. You should avoid blindly stumbling through life, but some goals are worth you simply “going for it.” You’ve made the decision to work for a new company. It’s a risk, but there could be great rewards. You must risk introducing new ideas during meetings and risk new responsibilities, but, remember, your martial arts training helps to build your confidence, so you know how to take bold risks. That confidence will help you build your wings, so you can easily reach your reward.

Translation for Kids

Think about when you learned how to ride a bike. It probably felt like you were about to jump off a cliff. It was a big risk. You would achieve a big goal if you could ride a bike. Those training wheels made it easy. Your mom or dad was right beside you to stop you from falling. One day you were ready to take the risk, even if you failed.

Your martial arts training taught you to be confident. You learned that you must work hard for big rewards. You took the risk. You learned how to ride a bike. Now, you have fun riding with your friend. Work for all your goals in the same way, and you’ll succeed.

Class Discussion for Kids

  1. What was the biggest risk you ever took? What was your goal?
  2. How did you feel when you reached 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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