93-year-old Keiko Fukuda is the highest-ranking woman in judo history. She's also the last surviving personal student of Jigoro Kano (the founder of judo).
She began her training under Kano at the Kodokan in Tokyo in 1935, at the behest of her grandfather, Hachinosuke Fukuda, who'd once taught Kano in Tenshin Shinyo. Kano made an exception for her, out of respect for his old sensei, and began allowing women to train at the Kodokan.
In 2001, she became the first woman to recieve a red belt (signifying 9th dan) from the US Judo Federation, which has awarded only three red belts in its history. She is also the only surviving red belt within the USJF.
Today, Keiko Fukuda still teaches twice a week in her dojo in the San Fransisco Bay area.
Hey everyone! Sorry I haven't been blogging much lately. Time and tide, as they say.
So I thought I'd post a few pics here, while I wrap up some writing projects that I've been working on. I recall promising someone a pic of my home altar, which isn't super-impressive or anything, and I can't recall who wanted to see it. But here it is:
Here's a closer shot of what's on the altar:
The central image is carved from some kind of deep red wood, but I don't know which. I bought it in the back of a Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant here in Houston.
On the left of the central image is a smaller, gray stone image of the Buddha from Indonesia, and on the right is a lighter-colored (I don't know the material) Quan Yin, which I bought at Fo Guang Shan.
Also, you can see Compassionate Water, blessed on the temple altar at Chung Mei Temple (one is for my teacher, Rev. Hong, while the other is for a child), live bamboo, water, a money offering (I thought it was cool to offer Chinese money, for some reason), a tea light we found at Target (for Renegade Buddha - LOL), and Richard Gere's Tibetan prayer flags (for Buddhist Jihad). The smaller images are of Damo (Bodhidharma) and a smaller Quan Yin that I picked up somewhere. The incense is Shoyeido and the ash is the Japanese incense ash. The water offering cup has the Heart Sutra on it, which I thought was really cool.
OK, so here's the newest addition to the Tengu House family: Freddy the Ninja!
We named him Freddy because he's almost as fond of his claws as Freddy Kruger, and the ninja part came about because he's a natural stalker. He's always attacking something. He just appeared at the temple one day, as if dumped there. After three weeks, Sifu asked me to give him a home, which of course I was happy to do.