On Shihan Keiko Fukuda’s passing, her lifelong friend and protector, Dr. Shelley Fernandez, founded the Keiko Fukuda & Shelley Fernandez Girls and Women Judo Foundation
. The Foundation’s mission is to share and promote the philosophy of Keiko Fukuda in the martial art of judo; encourage girls and women to participate in judo by providing grants and scholarships for girls and women to attend judo conferences, camps and tournaments and paying judo tuition for economically disadvantaged girls and women, regardless of judo rank; and foster national and international judo participation by girls and women.
We are deeply grateful to Dr. Fernandez for her continued support of and dedication to judo. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit their website: http://keikofukudajudofoundation.org/
Filmmaker Yuriko Gamo Romer documented the life-long journey of Fukuda sensei’s decision to defy thousands of years of tradition, choose her own path, and become the highest-ranking woman in judo history. Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful was released in 2012.
To learn more about the movie, please visit their website:
Fukuda sensei held the first women’s judo camp in 1974, and the annual event continues today. At Joshi Judo Camp, participants get instruction and practice to develop as female judoka.
To learn more about the annual Joshi Judo Camp, please visit their website: