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Word of Month: Adversity Week 4


Week 4

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”

Anne Bradstreet

a 17th century American poet


Translation for Adults

The old saying is always true: “You don’t know how great you have it, until you lose it.” Adversity is a reminder to treasure a long life, a wonderful fam- ily, your many abilities and the opportunities to ac-

complish much in your life, which are easy to forget. Suddenly, adversity will challenge you again and actu- ally make you focus on all the positives in your life.

You should be always appreciative of your life and not just when adversity reminds you. During the next week reflect on all the wonders and opportunities in your life. Not only will you be more fulfilled, but also you will be prepared to overcome future obstacles.


Translation for Kids

It’s easy to understand why you forget how wonderful your life is. Just think for a second about what makes       it so wonderful. You come to karate class every week. You have cool games and toys, bikes and so much more. You spend great times with your family. All too

often, you forget how great a life you have until you’re faced with adversity again. That is when adversity is

a benefit because challenges make you remember all the good things in your life. It’s important, however, to appreciate those things all the time. When you re- ally appreciate your wonderful life, you will face future adversity much easier.


Class Discussion for Kids

  1. When did adversity force you to appreciate the great- ness in your life?
  2. List five things for which you are truly


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.

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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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