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Success to me is my significance. How many people can I positively impact? -Jean Kanokogi

When you are the daughter of a trailblazer, the bar is set pretty high. For Jean Kanokogi, PhD, accomplishing great things while doing good in the world has been her mission. Jean is the daughter of Rusty Kanokogi, the Mother of Women’s Judo whose life is chronicled is a memoir written by mother and daughter called Get Up & Fight. In this inspiring interview, Jean tells her mother’s incredible story from scrappy street fighter to judo champion to fearless advocate for equal sports for women and girls. Jean watched her mother team up with Billy Jean King to help pass Title 1X legislation in 1972, and to ensure that women’s judo was included in the 1988 Olympic Games for the first time ever. A 5th degree black belt and judo champion herself, Jean holds a doctorate in psychology and is a Senior Special Agent for the U.S. Government . Her many assignments over the last 23 years have included being one of the lead investigators in the attacks on 9/11 and as the volunteer director of Mental Health and Peer Support Services for the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. For a story about the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter, and the life lessons we learn from each another, hit that download button.