Weakness or Strength?

by Stephen on May 12, 2013 · 25 comments

in Inspirational Stories

Sometimes our biggest weakness can become our 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 the 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 him continue.”

Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament. He was the 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 sensei answered. “First, you’ve almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grap your left arm.”

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

Bits & Pieces, August 15, 1996, Economic Press Inc.

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rohan May 12, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Heart touching story..Don’t Loose hope believe in yourself and your teacher…

2 RASHMI May 12, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Nothing is impossible.Trust in teacher and hard work can do miracle.

3 Syed Sadath May 13, 2013 at 2:29 am

Great teaching by a great teacher. Never loose your hope till last moment.

4 Yumi May 13, 2013 at 11:33 am

Soo cool X3

Things do happen for a reason, and what may seem bad at first can actually be your strength in the end. Amazing story ^^

5 Lino May 14, 2013 at 2:28 am

Amazing cool story. Being handicapped was his true strength in the end, a winner.

6 Ayyappa Das May 14, 2013 at 4:29 am

At the end the Sensei’s interpretation of winning the match is really outstanding. Listen & trust your teacher he/she will give you exactly what you wanted.

7 Amit Ashta May 14, 2013 at 5:08 am

Awesome story…. wow, only way to stop the move was to grab boys left arm which is not there… great story.

8 Mitali Vyas May 16, 2013 at 10:15 am


9 Dennis May 18, 2013 at 12:33 am

Despite having one hard the boy remained focused n won the tournament.

10 Raji May 18, 2013 at 4:27 am

Nice story…

11 Chillydolma May 19, 2013 at 10:32 am

Good inspiration !!!

12 Thieu May 22, 2013 at 9:10 am

A useful motivation and success story!

13 Felicia Lewis May 27, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Very inspiring. Good judgement. Always take advise from the one who knows best.

14 Krish... May 31, 2013 at 2:04 am

Really excellent ….

15 Noufal June 7, 2013 at 6:25 am

Excellent !!!

16 Shivani July 10, 2013 at 11:22 am

Superb story !

17 Arun July 31, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Really nice one!

18 Nidhi August 1, 2013 at 4:09 am

Nice one.

19 Chandan Bhaskar August 8, 2013 at 9:59 am

Nice story. Believe ourselves is the key of success.

20 Aesesk October 4, 2013 at 6:40 am

Teacher turned his weakness into strength!!

21 Jyoti November 11, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Nice story

22 Lycah ^_^ November 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm

What we think, we become..:).. just be positive and rely on what God can do if we believe in His promises and deed.

23 Prisha November 26, 2014 at 9:55 am

Very nice story. I really like it. .

24 Edgel Orola Escomen July 4, 2015 at 5:54 am

Wonderful story

25 Anjaana Rajapaksha December 30, 2016 at 10:43 am

Nice story…itz really interesting…!!

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