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Keiko Fukuda Sensei. [Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 2009|05:11 pm]
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On Sunday, I attended a martial arts demo and fundraising event at Mills College to celebrate Fukuda Sensei, the highest-ranking female judo master in the world, and to help raise money for the documentary being made about her. At 96, she still teaches classes in San Francisco. Here's a clip of the film.



ETA: You can donate here, the site of the filmmaker Yuriko Gamo Romer: http://flyingcarp.net/.
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[User Picture]From: crowgrl13
2009-11-11 01:22 am (UTC)

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What an amazing woman and story. Thank you for sharing this.
[User Picture]From: badgerbag
2009-11-11 01:43 am (UTC)

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whoaaaaa! thank you!

p.s. where is a fundraising sort of link! the youtube page doesn't have one...

Edited at 2009-11-11 01:55 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-11-11 01:57 am (UTC)

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Oooh, thanks for pointing that out. I'll edit the post, but you can donate here: http://flyingcarp.net/
[User Picture]From: badgerbag
2009-11-11 02:00 am (UTC)

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i just found it! 8-) a little google power... durrr!
[User Picture]From: badgerbag
2009-11-11 02:02 am (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2009-11-11 02:10 am (UTC)

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Yay! Thanks--you're awesome.
[User Picture]From: pretzelcoatl
2009-11-11 03:02 am (UTC)

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Linked to it on my LJ and here. Thank you so much!
[User Picture]From: uke
2009-11-11 05:23 am (UTC)

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Her dojo shares a space with my aikido dojo, so I've seen her in person on occasion. She is not only the highest-ranking female judoka, but she was the *first* woman to study judo and is apparently the only living student of Kano Sensei!
[User Picture]From: uke
2009-11-11 05:24 am (UTC)

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Err sorry, the first woman to get shodan in Judo, I think.
[User Picture]From: estivalfiend
2009-11-11 08:26 am (UTC)

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amazing story