Tagged: keiko fukuda

The members of the Joshi Bu (Women's Section) of the Kodokan, 1935

Women Only Martial Arts Spaces: Part I

The history of martial arts is teeming with examples of women-only martial arts spaces.  The circumstances of how these spaces came about vary. Sometimes the segregation was imposed by patriarchal forces. Sometimes women claimed their own space for safety, solidarity,...

Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful

I just watched the 2012 documentary Mrs Judo: Be Strong Be Gentle Be Beautiful. It’s fantastic. This Kickstarter’d documentary follows the life of Keiko Fukuda, the highest ranking women in judo ever.  She achieved the rank of 10th dan in 2010, and...

The Joshi Judo Camp

A couple years ago, our university hosted the USA Judo Collegiate Nationals and so I went to help set up and then watch some matches. I got to chatting with the judoka women from our club and they told me two...

Look To The Women

It’s very strange to me that in our so-called advanced modern times, women are so unwelcome in judo.  The sport isn’t violent, it’s not brutal. (And even if it was, so what? Women can do and will do and currently...