Keiko Fukuda, the first woman to earn a ninth-dan ranking in judo from the Kodokan, died at her home in San Francisco on Saturday at the age of 99.

Born in April 1913, Fukuda’s grandfather was a practitioner of jujutsu and one of the teachers of Jigoro Kano, who is known as the father of judo. When she was 21, Kano instructed Fukuda himself at the Kodokan.

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