Keiko Fukuda & Shel­ley Fer­nan­dez Girls and Women Judo Foun­da­tion

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:

Mrs. Judo

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:

Keiko Fukuda Joshi Judo Camp

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: