Meet 98-year-old Keiko Fukuda, the only woman with a 10th Dan Judo black belt

There are only four people in the world that have tenth Dan in Judo. Three of them are men, and live in Japan. One of them is a woman, and lives in the USA. Her name is Keiko Fukuda, and yes, she is a badass.

A 98-year-old badass. That’s right, she’s 98-years-old and she could still kick our arses. Hard.

It’s been a long time coming for Fukuda, battling against gender discrimination in the world of Judo for all her life, seeing dozens of male martial artists get higher ranks than her despite her superior skill.

Still teaching in Noe Valley, San Francisco, Judo USA finally announced her promotion to coincide with Fukuda’s annual International Kata Championship at San Francisco City College.

Read more: http://www.asylum.co.uk/2011/08/10/Keiko-Fukuda-female-tenth-dan-judo/#ixzz1Uf2niJ1v

by robin + Arden

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