Congratulations Sensei Fukuda!

This news made me squeal like David Tennant being offered cake – last week Sensei Keiko Fukuda became the first ever woman to earn a 10th degree black belt in judo. At age 98, she is the last living student of Jigoro Kano who founded judo, and now one of only four people alive who hold the 10th degree honour.

An elderly Japanese woman sits in a chair, holding out her hand. Other women's hands are held in front of her, copying her actions.

Sensei Keiko Fukuda at 98 years old teaches hand techniques to her Judo students at the women's dojo in San Francisco's Noe Valley.

You can read more about this wonderful woman in Lauredhel’s Friday Hoyden post featuring Sensei Fukuda from 2007, and another post about a documentary Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful from 2009.

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3 replies

  1. Wonderful story, but as a nitpicking aside, sensei should come after the name (Fukuda-sensei) to be proper. FYI 🙂

  2. She is amazing, isn’t she?

  3. This is fantastic! I had no idea there was a glass ceiling for martial arts ranks for women until I read this wonderful series of articles you did on Fukuda-sensei, and I’m so glad she finally got her due! Here’s wishing many more years of health and teaching for her!

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