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  • Sabrina Hoeke

    RESPECT! Sensei Keiko Fukuda has become the first woman to achieve a tenth-degree black belt in judo - at the age of 98. The highest rank in the martial art and combat sport, Fukuda joins just three other living people - all men living in Japan - who've earned the "dan" black belt. She is also one of just 16 people in history to have achieved this honor.

  • Valerie Clark

    98-Year-Old Woman Earns Judo's Highest Black Belt

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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."

Sarah Mayer, First Non-Japanese Female Judo Black Belt. 1935 themartialartsrep...

exactly how the quotes says. just because your a black belt doesnt mean your invincible. im a black belt and i dont feel like im invincible, i wokk hard everyday.

Armenian women guerrilla fighters, 1895. (not that I would ever endorse war or violence, but given the culture and the times, it's nice to see representations of strong Armenian women.

♂ Chinese martial art Shaolin Kungfu Black & white photo from

Japanese Martial Art Judo (柔道) by velo_city, via Flickr