Author Unknown ~
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
"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
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. 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.