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98-year-old woman reaches highest level of judo

Updated: September 18, 2011, 2:29 PM ET
By Robyn Norwood

SAN FRANCISCO -- With tiny, shuffling steps, 98-year-old Keiko Fukuda took a seat in a director's chair on the mat of her dojo, a storefront studio in an old Victorian at the corner of Castro and 26th.

This 4-foot-10, 100-pound granddaughter of a 19th-century samurai is the most revered woman in the history of judo.

In August, she became the only woman ever to attain the 10th dan, or highest degree black belt.

The honor is held by only three ...

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