His black belt in judo is fully deserved!
This video here was taken in 2010, after Putin had handed his presidency to Dmitry Medvedev and became Russia’s prime minister. He arrived at the brand new sports hall in Saint-Petersburg, accompanied by a whole bunch of journalists and photographers and spent some time showing his judo skills. And, well, his slams were not at all bad for a 57-year-old politician – Putin’s advocates can only be sorry that their idol cannot use slams, locks and chokes during negotiations.
That was Putin’s second visit to the headquarters of the judo national team in a year and rumors have it that he even offered his help to Russia’s chief trainer, Olympic gold medalist Ezio Gamba, as a member of the squad. The Russians would have won all gold medals and titles in the world should they have him on the list, for sure.