Rusty Kanokogi, Get Up & Fight
Rusty & her mother
Rusty grew up in Coney Island, Brooklyn and her shenanigans, life lessons are detailed in a full section of her Memoir, Get Up & Fight
Fall down 7 times, Get UP 8 ~ Rusty embraced the Japanese proverb and displayed this concept of resilience throughout her life & continued to teach the "Nana Korobi ya oki".
Rusty's flight to Japan
Rusty cherished her first trip to Japan and became the first woman to train on the male side of the Mecca of Judo, the Kodokan
Rusty traveled the world
As Kym Hampton said, "Rusty knew her purpose". Rusty traveled the world to promote the inclusion of Women in Judo.
Rusty in her Kimono
Get Up & Fight chronicles many stories of her adventure. You will appreciate her challenges, laugh with her, and gain respect for her character development.
Ryohei and Rusty Kanokogi
Get Up & Fight also includes this wonderful love story, of Ryohei choosing the USA to teach judo to find Rusty.
Rusty glows with pregnancy
The date stamped on this photo determines Rusty was carrying her future only daughter, Jean & she glows with happiness.
Family photo Hawaii
Ryohei is a natural father, sweet & gentle. He is a constant presence in Jean's life we often refer to him as a living Saint.
Jean & Rusty
Rusty dresses with dynamics which speaks to her vibrant personality. You will feel this throughout her memoir.
Mother Daughter Bond
Rusty was her mother, coach, mentor and best friend. Often when she was on the tatami she could distinctly hear Rusty's voice, "Get Up & Fight!"
Original gold medal 1WWJC
Rusty held the First Women's World Judo Championships in Madison Square Garden in Nov. 1980 detailed in her Memoir. Please note the image is also our Project Rusty logo as well as the 1WWJC.
One of Jean & Rusty's favorite past times.
Rusty at the 1988 Olympics
Rusty on the tatami!
Photo credit: David Finch
Eve & Rusty
Opening ceremony 1988 summer olympics, Seoul, Korea.
Rusty's Gold Medal
Rusty enjoying her moment knowing she successfully got Women's judo in the Olympics.
Jean in Rusty's judo gi
Jean honoring her mother by wearing her 1988 Olympic judo gi for a photo shoot.
Photo credit: Carrie Lloyd
Rusty IJF Induction
Rusty Kanokogi's induction into the International Judo Federation hall of fame, posthumously.
She is the first American woman to be inducted.
Rusty got her Way!
Corner of West 17th street & Surf Avenue in Coney Island is co-named after Rusty.