Last week Sensei Keiko Fukuda, a 98-year-old Japanese woman from San Francisco became the first woman ever to receive a tenth-degree black belt in Judo. This is the highest honor in martial art. Aside from Fukuda, only three other people have achieved the 10th Degree Black Belt.
Fukuda dedicated much of her life to Judo. As a young woman, she gave up marriage and left Japan for America to pursue her dream of becoming a Judo master. Fighting decades of gender discrimination to earn her title, Fukuda is now the fourth person to ever reach the rank of a 10th degree black belt. To help share her inspiring story worldwide, a documentary about Fukuda’s life is currently in production.
To watch clip from the upcoming documentary entitled Be Strong, Be Beautiful, Be Gentle, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/08/98-year-old-black-belt_n_921212.html