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"Be strong, be gentle, be beautiful." - Keiko Fukuda
02-17-2013, 08:56 PM
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"Be strong, be gentle, be beautiful." - Keiko Fukuda
Incredible pedigree on this woman: "Fukuda was born in Tokyo on April 12, 1913, into an upper-class family. Her grandfather was a samurai master of jujitsu who taught the martial art to Jigoro Kano, who went on to create judo. When Fukuda was 21, Kano invited her to join a women's division at the Kodokan."

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02-17-2013, 09:00 PM
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RE: "Be strong, be gentle, be beautiful." - Keiko Fukuda
Rest in Peace.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Keiko Fukuda, the Japanese-born granddaughter of a samurai who learned judo from its founder and became the highest-ranked woman in the martial art, has died at age 99 in San Francisco, her friend and caregiver said on Saturday.
Fukuda passed away of natural causes at her home on February 9, said Shelley Fernandez, 82, who lived with Fukuda, helped her run the Soko Joshi Judo Club for women in San Francisco and referred to the woman as her adopted older sister.
Standing only 4 foot 10 inches tall, Fukuda ventured into the fire-bombed streets of her native Tokyo during World War Two to reach the dojo where she taught classes.
Fukoda continued to do judo exercises into her 90s, but used a wheelchair in her final years. At her dojo, she sat in a chair as her assistant teachers worked with students, and would chime in with instructions, Fernandez said.
"Up until the last, she was very lucid and she never forgot any judo techniques - ever," said Fernandez, who added that Fukuda taught at the school three times a week until she died.

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02-17-2013, 09:11 PM
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RE: "Be strong, be gentle, be beautiful." - Keiko Fukuda
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02-18-2013, 04:27 PM
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RE: "Be strong, be gentle, be beautiful." - Keiko Fukuda
I think this video sums up the sentiment of this thread quite well.

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