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8 responses to “Keiko Fukuda: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful”

  1. meloukhia

    Keiko Fukuda is a little bit of amazing. And possibly a whole lot of awesome.

  2. tigtog

    Wow – that’s fantastic. She really is a brilliant figure.

  3. Quixotess

    I loved this video. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  4. sanda

    When I’m reading, I like to stay in reading mode (CFS/ME). With hearing “going”, I have difficulty with sound in YouTube, even with my sound at max on computer and it’s hassle to put earphones in/on. So I appreciate transcript. Am never the only one, for anything. Many readers online are deaf or different degrees of hearing disabled.

    Before I was disabled, I took some classes involving judo after surviving stranger rape. It made me feel less vulnerable. My wishes include:
    -self defense classes for every girl child from the earlies age (and learning of
    respect that goes with training in judo and other martial arts that one does
    not use one’s power to abuse others – judo power, etc.).
    -self defense training for women with disabilities that is easy to access, such as
    in places near to folks homes, visiting trainers for those of us who can’t get “out”
    even videos (close captioned of course), telephone link if that will help for
    some folks to ask questions (if they can telephone or use TDD machine for deaf
    users, or some countries have phone link/relay)….please add to my wish list!
    I specially mean women who are wheelchair users, kids who are wheelchair users, of all ages…..women with all kinds of disabilities. Since judo is based on
    using the attacker’s “energy”, there must be ways to adapt it for those of us with
    lesser physical powers. “Ran out of steam”…

  5. litbrit

    This is just gorgeous, and so inspiring. Thank you for sharing Keiko’s story with us; I will share it with others, too.

  6. tekanji

    That was an awesome video. Fukuda is a truly amazing woman.

    I did note something interesting about the translations of what Fukuda was saying. When talking about how it was decided that women weren’t needed above the 5th dan, the video translates what she says as “sexism” but the word she uses is actually referencing feudalism and the strict enforcement of that style of hierarchy. In context, it’s fair to translate it as “sexism” but the original Japanese read (to me, at least) as hinting at a broader problem of which sexism was only one part.

  7. Kirstente

    Sanda – My dad did Judo several decades ago, and he’s said that it taught him how to fall safely, which has saved him from injury a fair few times since. That’s another aspect which I imagine could be really helpful to people with certain kinds of disabilities.

    Also, I really love this video for smashing the ‘little old lady’ stereotype of vulnerability and defencelessness.
    .-= Kirstente´s last blog ..Carnival of Feminists at Scarleteen! =-.

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