Friday, February 2, 2007

Only one Move


There was once a 10year old boy who decided to study judo even though he had lost his left arm in a terrible auto accident.The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn’t understand why after 3months of training, the master had taught him only one move. ”Master, the boy said finally,” shouldn’t I be learning more moves. ?”“This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you will ever need to know,” the master replied. Not quite understanding but believing in the teacher, the boy kept training.Several months, the master took the boy to his first tournament, where he easily won his first 2matches.The third match was more difficult, but after sometime, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy used his one move to win the match. 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 be hurt, the referee called time-out. He was about to stop the match when the master intervened.” No,” he said, let them continue.Soon after the match resumed, the opponent made a critical mistake; he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy won the match and the tournament. He was the champion.On the way home, the boy and the master reviewed every move in each match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind. “Master, how did I win the tournament with only one move? “You won for 2 reasons,” the master answered. “First you have 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 grab your left arm”.The boy’s biggest weakness turned out to be his biggest strength.

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