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Overcoming Difficulties - One-Armed Judo - Story

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Overcoming Difficulties - One-Armed Judo - Story
« on: February 05, 2013, 07:42:18 AM »
VALUES:  Overcoming difficulties; Perseverance

STORY:    In spite of the fact that he had lost his left arm in a terrible car accident, a young boy was determined to learn judo and so he enrolled with an old judo master. The young boy showed some talent and, after three months, had learned one winning move. The old sensei made him practise this one move over and over again until it became completely automatic. Eventually, the boy asked the master to teach him other moves but the sensei replied: “This is the only move you will ever need to know.You must just be patient and wait for the opportunity your opponent will give you to use it.”

Several months later, the boy took part in his first tournament and, to the amazement of everyone, won his fight. And so began a long period of tournaments, with his opponents becoming bigger, quicker and more difficult to beat. He reached the finals of one very important event. His opponent was bigger, stronger and more experienced than anyone he had encountered before and the boy began to take a serious beating on the mat. The referee wanted to stop the fight but the sensei insisted that they continue. “Be patient; wait for your opportunity, it will come. He will make a mistake,” he said to his one-armed fighter.

And so it proved to be. His opponent made one, critical mistake and, quick as a flash, the young boy used his move, pinned his opponent to the floor and, unbelievably, won the match.

On the way home, the boy was very quiet but he finally plucked up the courage to ask: “Sensei, how is it possible that I could win knowing only one winning move?” “You won for two reasons,” the old man replied. “First, you’ve nearly mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo and, second, the only known defense against that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm!”


The boy’s biggest weakness had become his greatest strength. It is important to make the most of what we have been given, even if we can’t appreciate it yet.

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