Keiko Fukuda

Keiko Fukuda

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is the highest-ranked female judo practitioner in history, holding the rank of 9th dan from both the Kodokan and the United States Judo Federation, and is the last surviving student of Kanō Jigorō, founder of judo.Sullivan, K. (2003): Reproduced from the San Francisco Chronicle (October 17, 2003). Retrieved on April 25, 2010.Hoppe, S. T. (1998): Sharp Spear, Crystal Mirror: Martial arts in women's lives (p. 266). Rochester, VT: Park Street Press. (ISBN 978-0-8928-1662-0)Takahashi, M. (2005): Mastering Judo (p. 33). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. (ISBN 978-0-7360-5099-9) She is a renowned pioneer of women's judo, being the first woman promoted to 6th dan (c. 1972), and later 9th dan (2006), by the Kodokan. After completing her formal education in Japan, Fukuda visited the United States of America to teach in the 1950s and 1960s, and eventually settled there. She continues to teach her art in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Fukuda was born on April 12, 1913, in Tokyo, Japan.Sidney, J. (2003): The Warrior's Path: Wisdom......
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