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Photo from ‘Tani Ryoko Monogatari’ (Japanese publication) by Yoji Hongo, 2008
When little McKenna Kaneko (video) showed up at my dojo 5 years ago besides being an adorable kid in our Tiny Tots class there was a certain spark you could feel. She was highly driven, the middle child of 3 girls she would strive for perfection. She also quickly fell in love with judo!

Having traveled to Fukuoka the home of Japan’s golden girl Ryoko Tamura in 1995 as part of a Nanka Goodwill Judo Mission, I was very familiar with her legacy. This recent Facebook post by judo historian Brian Watson tells her story.

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