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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A great -- and poignant -- story about the mother of women's judo:
Rusty Kanokogi learned to scrap when her name was still Rena Glickman and she wandered the Brooklyn boardwalk. She learned to struggle when her parents ignored her in a tiny house near Coney Island. She learned to attack when she discovered judo in a dojo on Flatbush Avenue. She learned to argue in plush offices when she lobbied for women’s judo to become an Olympic sport. And at age 73, Kanokogi is still fighting.

Kanokogi’s opponent these days is kidney failure and multiple myeloma, a rare cancer of the blood.

“Can I still clobber somebody if I have to?” she said recently, her Brooklyn accent loading her words with a punch. “Absolutely.”