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Rusty Kanokogi: Pioneer

Sept. 15, 2020, 5:43 p.m. (ET)

The late Rena "Rusty" Kanokogi was always a pioneer leading the way for women's judo. It was fitting that her hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y. honored her by naming a street in her honor Rena "Rusty" Kanokogi Way on October 27, 2019. Kanokogi considered by many to be the "mother of women's judo" was instrumental in organizing the first Women's Judo World Championship in 1980 in what was formerly Madison Square Garden's Felt Forum in New York City. In November 2020, USA Judo and the International Judo Federation will celebrate the 40th anniversary of that historic first Women's World Championship. Here is the second part of the article presenting the pioneers of women's judo.

Kanokogi Street SignL to R:
Mr. Wisler Jacques – NY State Judo President
Mr. Oscar Cassinerio - President, Confederacion Argentina de Judo and Member of International Judo Federation and Pan American Judo Confederation Executive Committee
Mr. Ryohei Kanokogi – Rusty’s Husband
Mr. Keith Bryant – CEO, USA Judo
Dr. Jean Kanokogi – Rusty’s Daughter
Ms. Eve Aronoff – 1988 Olympian and former student of Rusty’s
Mr. Ted Kanokogi – Rusty’s son
Mr. Mark Treyger - NYC Council Member, 47th District
Hon. Devin Cohen – USA Judo Board Member and NY State Supreme Court Judge