Keiko Fukuda was the most decorated female judoka in the history of judo. She was the first woman to earn the 9th dan - when she was 93. Only 4'10" and less than 100 pounds she ran her own judo studio for nearly forty years. She passed away at 99 years old on February 9, 2013. www.obitoftheday....
At 98 years of age, Sensei Keiko Fukuda (the last surviving student of Judo founder Kanō Jigorō) was officially promoted to the rank of 10th dan -the highest black-belt degree in her sport. She is the first woman to reach the rank & sixteenth person to achieve it since founded in 1882.
After a lifetime of practicing and teaching judo, at age 98 Keiko Fukuda earned a 10th-degree black belt. She was the first woman to attain this belt, judo's highest honor, and taught martial art until she died at 99. Her motto for herself and students was "Be strong, be gentle, be beautiful."