Get Up & Fight

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All She Wrote Productions

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Media Coverage:

Speak Up! Women’s Radio Interview—Interviewed by radio host Pat Lynch on May 6, 2021. Air date TBD.
Radio Spot with Ted Maturo—Air1 Media Networks lead team manager. Air date TBD.
“Seldom Said” with Robert Amato, WCWP Radio (88.1 FM)—Pre-recorded Monday, July 19. 2021; airs first Friday of every month. Air date TBD.

“Good Morning America” Air Date: June 10, 2021.
Daily Blast Strong Women In & Out with Taylor Brim—Live June 1, 2021, 2 p.m. PST.
“Big Blend” Radio with Lisa and Nancy—Live Memorial Day Show, May 31, 2021, 4 p.m. PST.
“It Takes a Village” with Rick Molly
Dr. Jean Kanokogi is the guest. Air Date: May 17, 2021, 4 – 5 p.m. PST.
“Morning Live” with Don Jonescu, CHCH TV Dr. Jean Kanokogi is interviewed by Don Jonescu on “Morning Live,” Air date: May 17, 2021, 8:20 a.m. EST.
Express Yourself! Teen Radio Interview Dr. Jean Kanokogi talks about perseverance and persistence (and her mother, Rusty’s legacy as the mother of women’s judo) with host Diya. Air date, Sunday, May 16, 2021.
“The Debbie Nigro Show” Live Broadcast Interview Dr. Jean Kanokogi talks to “delusional young” host Debbie Nigro on her live show, Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 11:20-11:35 a.m. EST.
Martial Arts Culture Podcast Dr. Jean Kanokogi is interviewed by host Rene Dreyfus. Recorded March 31, 2021. Air date: April 26, 2021.
US Olympic & Paralympic Museum USOPM-produced 14-minute documentary spotlighting Rusty Kanokogi in conjunction with the permanent exhibit at the museum to coincide with Women’s History Month in March 2021. Available to watch on YouTube, April 2, 2021. Viewing on-site at USOPM TBD.
“From The USA Judo Team To Working At Ground Zero, Her Law Enforcement Career,” Law Enforcement Today Podcast Dr. Jean Kanokogi discusses her second career, as the co-author of Get Up & Fight: The Memoir of Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi, The Mother of Women’s Judo for the Law Enforcement Today podcast. Air date, April 21, 2021.
“The Fight for Women’s Judo: Rusty Kanokogi’s Story” Live Webinar, The Japan Society Dr. Jean Kanokogi gives a talk about her mother’s fascinating life and the story of how Rusty turned women’s judo into an Olympic sport, followed by an audience Q&A, organized by Mika Mizusawa— event recorded April 7th, 2021 as part of the “Road to Tokyo Olympics Stories” series.
Whistlekick Martial Arts Radio Interview Martial Arts Radio speaks with Dr. Jean Kanokogi’s about experience as an international judo competitor, life with Rusty and new memoir she co-authored with her mother, Get Up & Fight. Air date April 5, 2021.
National Police Association Podcast Air date March 14, 2020
NPR’s StoryCorps with Dr. Jean Kanokogi, Marti Malloy & Angelica Delgato December 29, 2020: Dr. Jean Kanokogi discusses her life in judo, her mother’s pioneering career, and inspiration memoir Get Up & Fight about Rusty’s harrowing life as “the mother of women’s judo” (forthcoming) Marti Malloy & Angelica Delgato. Recorded December 29, 2020.
Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi – American Samurai: Part Two
Black Belt magazine, by Noel Plaugher, January 1, 2021.
Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi – American Samurai: Part One Black Belt magazine, by Noel Plaugher, December 31, 2020.
Women’s Worlds: Happy Anniversary By Nicolas Messner, International Judo Federation, December 10, 2020.
It’s Time to Celebrate By Nicolas Messner, International Judo Federation, November 27, 2020.
Peter Perazio: Pushing Fatigue to Dream Bigger By Nicolas Messner, International Judo Federation, November 12, 2020.
Rusty Kanokogi and her Battle for Women’s Rights International Judo Foundation, November 10, 2020.
JEAN KANOKOGI la hija de Rusty By Almundena Lopez, Madrid, Span, November 10, 2020.
The Spirit of the Samurai By Nicolas Messner, International Judo Federation, October 13, 2020.
Judo Celebrated the International Day of the Girl By Nicolas Messner, International Judo Federation, October 12, 2020.
Mrs. K By Nicolas Messner, International Judo Federation, October 9, 2020.
Rusty: She was my Mother and the Mother of Equity By Nicolas Messner, International Judo Federation, October 6, 2020.
Women’s Judo: the Pioneer’s (2) By Nicolas Messner, International Judo Federation, September 15, 2020.
Women’s Judo: the Pioneer’s (1) By Nicolas Messner, International Judo Federation, September 15, 2020. 

About Jean Kanokogi

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. She is a subject matter expert in cognitive interviews, defensive tactics, firearms safety and engagement and defensive tactics.

Jean is a fifth 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 also 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.

She dedicates her time as a volunteer for the FLEOA where she is the Director of Mental Health and Peer Support Services. In this monumental role, she is building a peer support program to support the mental health of the federal law enforcement community. Additionally, this role allows her to comment on bipartisan bills that directly impact the mental health of law enforcement officers.

Additional philanthropic work includes mentoring high-risk youths and serving on the evaluation committee for the Rusty Kanokogi Fund for the Advancement of US Judo. Managed by the Women’s Sports Foundation, this annual scholarship provides financial support for women in judo nationwide who are training for national and international competition.

Jean holds a B.S. and M.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and earned her Ph.D. in the study of psychology in 2018, where she published her dissertation, entitled, “The Interrogation Experiences that Transition Novices from Beginners to Experts.” Her tenacity and courage to continue to deliver on positively impacting societal behaviors is truly an inspiration for all.

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