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Wisdom Part 3


Week 3

“Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.”

William Saroyan, American playwright and novelist

Translation for Adults

The greatest lessons in life are the results of your disappointments. Once you begin to learn from those disappointments, you are gaining wisdom. If you want to be considered wise, then you will learn not only from your mistakes, but also the mistakes of others. Today’s failure may very well lead to tomorrow’s victory, if you recognize those failures and take a positive attitude to learn from them. Don’t dwell on past mistakes, failures and disappointments because you can’t change them. What you can change is you and your future. Use your energies to make today and tomorrow better because you’re wiser today.

Translation for Kids

Life is often filled with disappointments. Life doesn’t always treat you right. You may feel bad or that you are a failure. Don’t be upset or negative. Forget what went wrong because you can’t change it. You can learn how to be right the next time. You practiced real hard for a big game or a school test. Maybe you didn’t do well. Your mistakes or failure can teach you to practice differently or work harder for the next test.

Failing to pass a stripe or belt test could teach you to come to class more often. There is always a good lesson to learn from every situation. Great Black Belts with the right attitude always try to learn those lessons.

Class Discussion for Kids

  1. Think of a mistake you made in the past. How did that mistake teach you a valuable lesson?
  2. Is it possible to learn from other people’s mistakes? Think of someone’s mistake. What can you learn from his or her mistake?

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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