The Small Boy – Inspirational Story

There is a story of a 13 year old boy who decided to learn karate despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident.

The boy began lessons with his expert karate master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn’t understand why, after six months of training the master had taught him only one move.

“Master” 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 Master replied.

Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training.

Several months later, the Master 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 over matched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out. He was about to stop the match when his Master intervened.

“No,” his Master 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 Master reviewed every move in each and every 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 two reasons,” his master answered. “First, you’ve almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of karate. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grasp your left arm.”

The boy’s biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.

Moral: With the right Attitude you can make your biggest weakness into your biggest strength!!

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20 Responses to The Small Boy – Inspirational Story

  1. abdennebi naas December 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM #

    Am so honoured to join your website.That’s really what I am looking for:BEING INSPIRED. Your moral lessons set me at ease.Just go on SARA ,you are unique.

    • Ali - Admin December 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM #

      Thanks a lot for the nice motivational compliment.

  2. Ian October 7, 2012 at 2:07 PM #

    The moral was great.
    Now every one tell me the move that the boy has mastered. I am little more interested in that also. 🙂

  3. Anonymous January 7, 2012 at 2:04 PM #

    its a pleasure reading your story . the message you give every time is really worthwhile.

  4. draniqa January 5, 2012 at 2:54 PM #

    attitude counts alot , you can do wonders with great attitude.

  5. Niveen_wakeel December 8, 2011 at 6:35 AM #


  6. Seas November 29, 2011 at 2:36 PM #

    This is a really good and truly inspiring story. Please keep up the good work, most of us need it

  7. Junedayz November 28, 2011 at 8:20 PM #

    Mashallah! This is a wonderful story!
    Our weaknesses become our strengths, and what we have should not be taken for granted…
    Always thank Allah swt for what He has given us 
    Don’t judge your self by what you don’t have, rather with what you have. 
    Everything is a blessing, from the moment we are born, to the night we fall asleep in a safe place.
    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 

  8. Adnan Sheikh November 28, 2011 at 6:42 PM #

    Hi,Sara :  the boy master considered as professiona , he train the boy well and gave him more confident to win finally the boy did.

    • Sara November 29, 2011 at 4:42 AM #

      Rightly said.

  9. Mubarak_mujahed November 28, 2011 at 4:16 PM #


  10. Adfadf November 28, 2011 at 2:44 PM #

    wow i didn’t expect that end amazing!

  11. Ismail Wajeed November 28, 2011 at 11:42 AM #

    Sara u are simple good, thnx  for sharing this story.

  12. Farzana November 28, 2011 at 10:44 AM #

    a very nice stoy . thank u sara

  13. Saheedpp November 28, 2011 at 9:29 AM #

    Marvelous !!! 
    I had lived with three fully blinded friends during my graduation !!! 
    Two of them were twins and blinds by birth. The other one became a blind when he was writing his class 4 exam , even though he had some problems before ! 
    The greatest thing is that , The twin blind brothers secured first and the third rank  Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and the third one secured the first rank in Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in the respective  University exams by competing with thousands of the students who doesn’t have any disability at all !!! 

  14. Abier November 28, 2011 at 7:19 AM #

    Subhanallah that’s amazing!
    thanks for sharing such a nice story =)

  15. Abier November 28, 2011 at 7:19 AM #

    Subhanallah that’s amazing!
    thanks for sharing such a nice story =)

  16. 123ashfaque November 28, 2011 at 6:18 AM #

    it is really great story…

  17. Haider Ali786 November 28, 2011 at 6:18 AM #