In a world steeped in male-dominant tradition, 98-year-old Keiko Fukuda is the highest ranking female judo master and the last living link to its origins. Fukuda was preparing for marriage when she met the founder of judo and radically altered her life path. After attaining the top rank open to women in Japan, Fukuda exposed the gender bias in the male dominated system when she accepted a job teaching judo professionally in the United States. Ultimately, Fukuda would sacrifice marriage, family and homeland to bring judo to a global community of practitioners—inspiring generations of women to transform the world of martial arts and pursue their dreams.
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