Sensei Keiko Fukuda has finally earned the highest rank in Judo despite her advanced age, arthritis, and triple bypass surgery. Grandma brings the shit!

Only three people in the world, all men living in Japan, have ever reached that mark.

The martial arts promotion by USA Judo brought 98-year-old Fukuda to tears at the women’s dojo where she still teaches in Noe Valley. (Fukuda was the subject of a Chronicle Datebook profile on July 25.)

She gave up marriage and left her homeland to dedicate her life to judo, fighting gender discrimination that kept her at lower belt levels decades longer than men less skilled than she.

“The time was right,” said U.S. Judo Federation promotion board member Eiko Saito Shepherd.

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