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Monday, 8th August 2011

MSMAS Dojo ~ Congratulates Keiko Fukuda Sensei, first woman ever to earn 10th Dan Judo...

Is earning a Judo Dan Grade (black belt) on your life list? Then Keiko Fukuda Sensei just might be your ultimate hero ...

 

Just two years before her 100th birthday, Sensei Keiko Fukuda has now become the first woman to achieve a 10th Dan in Judo.

Fukuda Sensei is now one of only four living people who hold 10th Dan and to put the accomplishment into better perspective, throughout history, only sixteen people have ever achieved this !!

Fukuda Sensei began practicing Judo in 1935 and is the sole surviving Student of Judo's Founder, Jigoro Kano.

At his urging, she learned English to help spread Judo internationally.

During a time when getting married, building a family, and becoming a housewife was the norm, Fukuda Sensei bucked tradition, opting out of marriage to pursue Judo.

"All I did was Judo...this was my marriage," Fukuda reflected to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"This is when my life destiny was set. I just never imagined how long this road would be."

She described the Jigoro Dojo, known as the Kodokan, as:

"old-fashioned and sexist about belts and ranks."

In fact, an edict that prevented women from achieving any higher than a 5th Dan kept Fukuda Sensei at that level for 30 years, but finally ranked 6th Dan in 1972 when a woman's division was created.

Fukoda said she approached Judo and her life with the intent to:

"be gentle, kind and beautiful, yet firm and strong, both mentally and physically."

Fukuda says this kind of beauty is decidedly not external.

"A compassionate soul is inner beauty,"

she explained "I believe this is true beauty...All my life this has been my dream."

Dream realized, the now 98-year-old Keiko Fukuda Sensei continues to teach Judo three times a week ...

 

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