Boy’s Weakness

A 10-year-old boy 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,”(Teacher in Japanese) 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 the 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.

Moral: Sometimes we feel that we have certain weaknesses and we blame God, the circumstances or ourselves for it but we never know that our weaknesses can become our strengths one day. Each of us is special and important, so never think you have any weakness, never think of pride or pain, just live your life to its fullest and extract the best out of it!

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'50' Thoughts on a Story

  1. Very good inspirational story

  2. really motivating

  3. This is an amazing story with a great wisdom, always practice and concentrate, never quit.

  4. Yup awesome story …

  5. Thank you brutha, I really loved this one…osu!

  6. ohh it so inspirate me….i would like to share it..may i??

  7. I want to learn that move!

  8. i got goosebumps..nice story

  9. Interesting! We always think of working on our weaknesses, and turn them into our strength’s. At times our weakness itself is our strength. We don’t realise it at times. Nice story…

  10. One of the best stories i have come across

  11. yes sometimes a moment can change life and weakness change into strength

  12. nice story

  13. nice and good for the ones who are weak and think that they cannot do nothing

  14. Very inspiring we can’t tell that our weakness will become our true strenghts

  15. Rohit Phadtare

    July 27, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Great Story !!!
    Really motivates me :)

  16. Nice story,I like it so much

  17. Thnx…
    For showing me such type of story. Realy it changed my fearness

  18. Really inspiring

  19. It’s very nice story to read . It is inspirating story.you should read it .
    Awesome.
    ??????????????????????????????????l l like it a lot

  20. Awesome and the nicest story I have ever heard and people always remember that anyone who has disability doesn’t mean you should be rude to them and if you be rude to them god will punish you for that

  21. The story was really good and if you could give more inspiring and motivating stories for working people it would be great

  22. Great motivation.

  23. its motivating

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