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Published:August 15th, 2011 10:23 EST

Holy Fists Of Thunder: Keiko Fukuda, 98, Awarded 10th-Degree Black Belt

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Keiko Fukuda is 98 years old, 4 feet 10 and a mere 100 pounds, but this petite woman has been recognized as a giant in the martial arts world of judo.

Fukuda was just awarded a 10th-degree black belt, judo`s highest level and an honor that has been granted to only a handful of men worldwide and never before to a woman."



I doubt that Fukuda has the physical dexterity to open a jar of pickles, let alone fend off a gang of ninja warriors. If she cocked back her arm to deliver a blow, by the time her fist came within a foot of my face I would have had time to dance the Macarena and brush my teeth.

This is a lifetime achievement award kind of deal, at this point in her life Fukuda would have a hard time winning an encounter with a yapping little poodle.

Old age may have robbed Fukuda of her physical prowess, but she still retains her modesty and sweet nature. Congratulations to this dear old lady, she brings honor to her sport.

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