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98-year-old woman reaches highest echelon of judo

98-year-old reaches highest echelon of judo

Originally Published: September 16, 2011
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 living ...

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