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.
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.
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 defense for that move is for your opponent
to grab your left arm."
The boy's greatest
weakness had become his greatest strength.