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Keiko Fukuda Shihan passed away yesterday at the age of 99. She was the last surviving student of the founder of judo, Jigoro Kano, and the highest ranking female judoka in history. She was promoted to 10th dan (degree) black belt just last year, a rank that at the time was held only by 3 other people, all men living in Japan. Fukuda Shihan left her homeland and refused marriage to achieve her dreams of training in judo, constantly battling gender discrimination which kept her from being promoted as quickly as men less skilled than her. “As far as I know, no one has lived their life completely for judo as I have.”
As a martial artist you are taught to use your skills for self-defense. But sometimes you just need to know how to fight. This goes beyond physical confrontation. You must fight for what’s right. If you witness an injustice, don’t let it pass. Training in the martial arts gives you the tools for combat - both actual and theoretical. Use what you know to fight the good fight.
In current-day China, the martial arts are generally classified into two major groups: Wudang and Shaolin The Chinese word wudangquan translates as “Wudang fist” or “Wudang boxing.” Whereas Shaolin includes many martial art styles, Wudangquan includes only a few arts that utilize the focused mind to control the waist, and therefore the body; this typically encompasses T’ai chi ch’uan, Xing-Yi chuan and Bagua zhang, but must also include Baji chuan and Wudang Sword. Although the name Wudang simply distinguishes the skills, theories and applications of the “internal arts” from those of the Shaolin styles, it falsely suggests these arts originated at the Wudang Mountains. The name Wudang comes from a popular Chinese legend which incorrectly purports the genesis of Tai chi chuan and Wudang Sword by an immortal, Taoist hermit named Zhang Sanfeng who lived in the monasteries of Wudang Mountain