Sunday, August 07, 2011

Good News Though Very, Very Late

Sensei Keiko Fukuda finally got the 10th degree black belt in judo, at the age of 98:
After 98 years, the phone call finally came.
Last week, Sensei Keiko Fukuda of San Francisco became the first woman to be promoted to judo's highest level: 10th degree black belt.
Only three people in the world, all men living in Japan, have ever reached that mark.


She gave up marriage and left her homeland to dedicate her life to judo, fighting gender discrimination that kept her at lower belt levels decades longer than men less skilled than she.

She still teaches.