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on November 22, 2014 in World News

Vladimir Putin earns black belt, 8th dan in Kyokushin form of karate

Vladimir Putin earns black belt, 8th dan in Kyokushin form of karate The 62-year-old Russian president is dedicated to martial arts, earning a black belt in karate and practicing judo since age 11. Putin says martial arts are similar to politics — ‘to see the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses.’ Vladimir Putin is boning up on his hand-to-hand combat skills. The Russian president received an 8th dan black belt in in the kyokushin-kan form of karate from the Kyokushin-kan International Honbu, the Russian federation of the sport announced Friday. The athletic 62-year-old leader already is a grandmaster in taekwondo, earning his… View Article

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