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  • Writer's pictureCynthia Brian

Perseverance, Persistence, and Women’s Judo

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”

Are you inspired by entrepreneurs and changemakers in today’s world who come from humble beginnings and through hard work, persistence, and sacrifice reach their dreams? Host Diya Hituvalli admires individuals who persevere against all odds and shares stories of a few remarkable people. Our guest is Jean Kanokogi,PHD who published her mother’s memoir post-humously about Rusty Kanaokogi, the Mother of Women’s Judo. The book, Get Up & Fight,follows the fifty-year uphill battle that Rusty waged on behalf of women’s rights on and off the mat, a journey that ultimately led her to the Olympics. Jean discusses her childhood and what it was like growing up and how her mon taught her to fight for what’s right. Jean emphasizes the importance of tenacity, dedication, diligence, and sacrifice to achieve any level of expertise. In the final segment, Diya reads The Gift of Persistence from Cynthia Brian’s book, Be the Star You Are!® for Teens. The overall message is to never quit and to know that

whatever you want in life you can have if you are willing to work long and hard to achieve it.

“Persistence prevails when all else fails. Never ever give up on your dreams!”

Bio: Jean Kanokogi, Ph.D

Jean Kanokogi, Ph.D. is a Senior Special Agent for the U.S. Government with extensive experience in conducting criminal investigations. With a career spanning 23 years in law enforcement, Jean has been the lead investigator on several high-profile cases, including the attacks on 9/11 and many that focus on protecting public health.

Jean is a 5th degree black belt in judo and a highly respected sensei. She was on the U.S. national judo team, now known as USA Judo, and won several medals in international tournaments. Most notably, Jean was one of the original signers of the American Civil Liberty Union suit to fight for women’s rights in the sport of judo.

Jean is the co-author of her mother’s story, Get Up & Fight: the Memoir of Rusty Kanokogi, The Mother of Women’s Judo. She has authored numerous mental health and law enforcement related articles in various professional publications and publishes a column in the Eighteen Eleven, the professional Journal of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), with a readership of over 36,000. One of her treasured experiences includes consulting on the television program “Law and Order, Special Victim’s Unit.”


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