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Word of Month: Adversity Week 3


Week 3

“No pressure, no diamonds.”

Mary Case


Translation for Adults

Diamonds are one of the most beautiful jewels and are formed by immense pressure deep in the ground for many years. That pressure is a symbol for the adversity in your life; and as pressure is necessary to create exquisite diamonds, so adversity is necessary to create your greatness. You have many opportunities to use the pressure of adversity to create a great life and a great Black Belt attitude. Those accomplishments may sparkle like diamonds, but they are so much more valuable.


Translation for Kids

Diamonds are one of the most valuable jewels. Diamonds are amazing because they are actually small bits of black, dirty coal. After many, many years under   the ground and great amounts of pressure, the coal becomes diamonds. The pressure that forms diamonds is very similar to the adversity you face every day.

Adversity will actually help you create a great life, a great school record and a great Black Belt attitude. Those accomplishments are like diamonds, but they are so much more valuable. [Note: Show your students a piece of coal and a diamond in a ring to emphasize this lesson.]


Class Discussion for Kids

  1. What is an example of adversity that you have faced?
  2. How did that adversity, like the pressure on diamonds, help you become great?


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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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