Weakness or Strength

Sometimes your biggest weakness can become your biggest strength. Take for example, the story of one 10 year old boy who decided to study Judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. The boy began lessons with an old Japanese Judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn’t understand why, after three months of training the master had taught him only one move.

“Sensei”, the boy finally said, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves. This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you’ll ever need to know,” the sensei replied. Not quite understanding but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training. Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match. Still amazed by his success. the boy was now in his finals. This time his opponent was bigger, stronger and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time out. He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened. “No” the sensei insisted, “let them continue.” Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake, he dropped his guard. Instantly the boy made his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament. He was champion. On the way home the boy and sensei reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind.  “Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?” “You won for two reasons,” the sensi answered. “First you’ve almoste mastered one of the most difficult moves in Judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.”

The boy’s biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.

 Be Blessed,

Bryan Morris

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