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It is time to get around to this... Sep. 24th, 2011 @ 11:48 am
I've had this image open in a Firefox tab for weeks now.



That woman is Fukuda Keiko, and I am in awe of her, and kind of in love with her. She's the last surviving student of Kano Jigoro, who founded judo. She was the first woman to be promoted above 5th dan - she's made it to 9th dan in the Kodokan rankings (and United States Judo Federation, but Kodokan is the one that matters most - it was the one founded by Kano Jigoro himself, for a start), and recently was awarded the 10th dan by USA Judo.

She's the first woman to reach the rank of 10th dan, and only the sixteenth person ever.

Just looking at her picture makes me ridiculously happy. Not just because she looks like such a lovely, lovely person - but because judo is written in my heart, and there is a woman who is a tenth dan now.
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