98 Year Old Judo Master Still Teaching

by on September 12, 2011

in Inspiration

Well I know this website is supposed to be about martial arts for the over-40 year old. But this story is just something else!

It just goes to show that the martial arts can truly be a life-long journey.

Sensei Keiko FudukaA 98-year-old woman standing just 4’11” has achieved one of the highest honours in the world of martial arts after being promoted to tenth dan black belt in judo.

Sensei Keiko Fukuda, a Japanese-born American, is just the fourth person on the planet who currently holds the distinction, and only the 15th person in history to be awarded the honours. The other three people who are currently tenth dan ‘judoka’ are all men living in Japan.

As inspirational as that is, what really amazes me about this story is the following:

Fukuda, who took up the sport in 1935 and still teaches judo three times a week at a women’s dojo in San Francisco, was thrilled with her promotion.

She’s 98 years old, and teaching judo three times a week. Now that is something else!

You can read the full story at uk.eurosport.yahoo.com

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