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Hi, I'm Martial Arts Master Bill FitzPatrick

A 10-year-old boy decided to study judo

despite the fact

that he had lost his LEFT arm in a car accident.

The boy began lessons with an old Japanese 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 will ever need to know," the sensei replied.

Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament.

Surprising HIMSELF, the boy easily won his first several matches and made it to the finals.

In the FINAL match, his opponent was MUCH 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.

"No, no, no" the sensei insisted,

"Let the match continue."

As the match resumed, his opponent made a CRITICAL mistake:

he dropped his guard.

Instantly, the boy used his ONE move to pin him.

The boy had WON the match

and was the CHAMPION.

On the way home, the boy summoned the courage to ask

"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 defense against your ONE move is for your opponent to grab your left arm."

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