Tuesday, August 9, 2011

From Floral Arrangements, Calligraphy, and Tea To A Black Belt In Karate

Sensei Keiko Fakuda, who is 98 years-old, has a 10th degree black belt in karate

A 98-year-old woman who dedicated much of her life to judo has earned the martial art's highest honor.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Sensei Keiko Fukuda was awarded a tenth-degree black belt. She is the first woman and one of only four people to achieve that rank.

When she lived in Japan as a young girl, Fukuda studied calligraphy, flower arrangement and tea ceremony, according to Nerve.com.

A clip from the documentary Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful explained that Fukuda endured gender discrimination and chose Judo over marriage in order to pursue her dream. (See video clip above.)

Unsurprisingly, she never married. "This was my marriage," Fukuda said through tears. "This is when my life destiny was set."

She doesn't seem to be very happy about it.

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