The 98-year-old judo master
April 25, 2011 10:01 AM Subscribe
After nearly a century, Keiko Fukuda still lives for judo [video].
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Earlier this month, Fukuda turned 98. The last surviving student of Judo founder Jigoro Kano
, she teaches classes in the Bay Area
despite having lived nearly a century. Fukuda, at 9th degree black belt, is the highest-ranking woman in judo history.
See her demonstrate a technique here
-- and talk immediately after about how she was frozen at 5th degree black belt for 30 years due to sexism in the Judo establishment. Fukuda authored a major early work about women and judo, the rare and out-of-print "Born For The Mat
." She is also the subject of a forthcoming documentary film
, "Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful."
A very good Wikipedia
from the "Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful" press kit
A photo of a young Fukuda
demonstrating defense against a sword attack