The Strength of a Weakness

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
A ten years old boy, who lived in a small town in Japan, was very much interested in learning judo. Unfortunately, he had lost his left hand in an accident when he was a small kid. But his desire to learn judo never abated. Now his desire to learn judo intensified again and he started badgering his parents for this, who took him to a famous judo Master in the town. The story goes like this.......

Submitted: August 16, 2019

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A ten years old boy named Okayo, who lived in a small town in Japan, was very much interested in learning judo. When he was a small boy, his left hand got severed in an accident. That’s why, his parents did not allow him to learn judo. Now he has started badgering his parents for learning judo. Ultimately, the parents gave in and took him to a famous judo Master in the town.

The Master was surprised when he knew that the boy, who had no left hand, wanted to learn judo. “How would you fight the boys who have both the hands?” asked the Master.

“I don’t know. You have to tell me. I want to defeat one and all. And I wish to become a Master myself,” told the boy.

Impressed by his will-power, the Master agreed and told, “Ok, I will teach you but promise that you would follow my every instruction and would have total faith in me.”

Okayo bowed before the Master in agreement. The Master began teaching him with fifty other students. He was learning like others. After some days, he noticed that the Master taught others different moves but he was practicing the same move of kick that he had learnt in the beginning. He couldn’t resist knowing the reason.

“Sir, you have been teaching others different moves but you want me to practice the same kick that I had learnt in the beginning,” enquired the boy one day.

“You have to gain absolute mastery over this move,” told the Master and moved on. The boy began practice without doubting the Master’s intentions.

Time moved on as two years passed by. But Okayo kept on practicing the same move. He became worried and, therefore, asked the Master one day, “Sir, will I have to keep practicing the same, while others become experts in new moves.”

“I have faith in you so keep practicing the same,” assured the Master. Obeying his orders, Okayo kept on practicing the same move for six years.

When all trainees completed their training after eight years, the Master told them, “Dear children, as per the tradition, a competition is held at the completion of the training, in which everyone participates. Whoever the winner is will be awarded the title of the Sensei (the Master).”

The competition began. The Master called Okayo to participate first. He started fighting and to the surprise of everyone, he won first two rounds easily. The third round was somewhat difficult. The opponent lost his attentiveness for a few seconds during the fight. Okayo jumped at the opportunity and gave him an infallible kick, winning this round also. To the surprise of all, Okayo secured a place in the finals.

In the finals, his opponent was stronger and bigger. Everyone thought that Okayo would not be able to stand up to him. From the beginning, the opponent was overpowering him. At one time, the referee wanted to stop the fight and declare the opponent the winner. But the Master told the referee, “No, the fight will go on till end.”

The fight restarted. The opponent was overconfident and, therefore, underestimated Okayo. So he let his guard down for a few seconds. Okayo took advantage of the situation and delivered the opponent such a brutal kick that he fell flat on the ground and become unconscious. Okayo was declared the winner.

After being declared the winner, Okayo asked the Master, “How is it possible that I have won the competition only by mastering one move?”

“Dear, you have won because of two reasons: firstly, nobody else has mastered the most difficult kick of judo so well like you and secondly, the counter move to the kick requires holding the opponent by his left hand to throw him on the ground. And you don’t have your left hand,” explained the Master.

Okayo realized that his weakness has become his biggest strength.

We all have some or other imperfection but if we have a strong will-power, we can turn them into our strengths.  

 

 

 

 

 


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