Alert
Close

Get free help preparing your taxes from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. Find a location

HIGHLIGHTS

Open
AARP Staying Sharp: Keep Your Brain Healthy
Bob Dylan Talks!

AARP VETERAN MEMBERSHIP

Military and Veterans Discount

CONTESTS AND SWEEPS

Rewards for Good Sweepstakes

AARP REALPAD

Introducing RealPad by AARP

AUTO BUYING PROGRAM

AARP Auto Buying Program

Download the ipad App

AARP-iPad-ePub-app

DRIVER SAFETY

Piggy bank on the road - AARP Driver Safety

Take the new AARP Smart Driver Course!

KEEP BRAIN ACTIVE!

AARP Games - Play Now!

Learning centers

Get smart strategies for managing health conditions.

 

Arthritis

Heart Disease

Diabetes

Most Popular

Viewed

Black Belt Judo Pioneer

98-year-old woman achieves highest martial arts honor

98-year-old Black Belt Judo

Sensei Keiko Fukuda, 98, teaches judo in San Francisco. — Photo by Lance Iversen/San Francisco Chronicle/Polaris

At San Francisco's 23rd annual Keiko Fukuda judo tournament, kicking off this month, its 98-year-old namesake will be celebrated as the first woman to achieve judo's highest level — 10th-degree black belt. Says the 4-foot-10, 100-pound granddaughter of a samurai: "My motto is, 'be strong, be gentle, be beautiful.' " That's also the title of a film documentary about her scheduled to debut in early 2012. "She's making the impossible possible for women to go farther in the martial arts world," says Shelley Fernandez, 80, a brown belt and manager of the Soko Joshi Judo Club where Fukuda still teaches.

Also of interest: Oldest female bodybuilder Ernestine Shepherd. >>

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

member benefits adt companion

Members save 20% on new installation of an ADT Companion Service® personal emergency response system.

grocery coupon center member benefit aarp

Members can print savings coupons at the Grocery Coupon Center powered by Coupons.com.

reebok membership benefit discount

Members can save 20% on their entire purchase at Reebok Outlet Stores and Reebok.com.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change. 

Rewards for Good

Your Points Balance:

Learn More

Earn points for completing free online activities designed to enrich your life.

Find more ways to earn points

Redeem your points to save on merchandise, travel, and more.

Find more ways to redeem points