Keiko Fukuda was the only woman to ever be awarded the highest degree black belt in Judo — and she did so in her late 90s. She gave up marriage, she gave up motherhood, she gave up everything for her love of Judo. All this, starting in a time when women didn’t even show their... Read more »
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