Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Weakness or Strength???

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 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 overmastered. 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 defence for that move is for your opponent to grip your left arm."The boy's biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.

Some Philo :P
Often we feel dejected when we see our weaknesses coz they expose us for the mortals that we are and not the heroes that we see ourselves as in our dreams and fantasies. However there exist those precious few who acknowledge their weaknesses and then try to see how they can use it to advantage. On a lighter note there exists in our hostel a student who has converted his weakness of extraordinary mugging to everlasting recognition and fame among our faculty!Any guesses who? :)


  1. Nice post! So for next test just study one chapter thoroughly and top the test :P

  2. ya...didnt we try doing tat for consys t1 and numal t1,t2?forgot the massacre tat happened? :P

  3. gud but its not always the same case,sometimes the weakness will have more disadvanteges than its advantages,afterall a weakness is a weakness.

  4. arey u writing story n contradicting by ur own example....

  5. Read the story again Mr. Anon...and this time try to understand it..while d only known defense against the boy's single armed strategies needed his non-existent left arm, our instructors had a variety of strategies (chapters to pick questions from and they did!) while chimu n me had studied just some 1-2 chapters...which goes on to show that therez a hell lot of a difference between foolhardiness & confidence :P

  6. nice blog :) loved going through it.. not totally through it yet though