PUTIN vs OBAMA – Training in the Gym

Vladimir PUTIN VS Barak OBAMA. Here’s a video of one of their training.

about PUTIN Matial Arts

One of Putin’s favorite sports is the martial art of judo. Putin began training in sambo (a martial art that originated in the Soviet Union) at the age of 14, before switching to judo, which he continues to practice today. Putin won competitions in his hometown of Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), including the senior championships of Leningrad in both sambo and judo.

He is the President of the Yawara Dojo, the same Saint Petersburg dojo he practiced at when young. Putin co-authored a book on his favorite sport, published in Russian as Judo with Vladimir Putin and in English under the title Judo: History, Theory, Practice (2004).

Though he is not the first world leader to practice judo, Putin is the first leader to move forward into the advanced levels. Currently, Putin holds a 6th dan (red/white belt) and is best known for his Harai Goshi (sweeping hip throw). Putin earned Master of Sports(Soviet and Russian sport title) in judo in 1975 and in sambo in 1973.

At a state visit to Japan, Putin was invited to the Kodokan Institute, the judo headquarters, where he showed different judo techniques to the students and Japanese officials.

Putin also holds an 8th dan black belt in Kyokushin kaikan karate gotten in November 2014.He was presented the black belt in December 2009 by Japanese champion Kyokushin Karate-Do master Hatsuo Royama.

In 2013, Putin re-introduced the GTO physical fitness program to Russia with the support of Steven Seagal. As of 2011, Putin weighed 77 kg (170 pounds). His height is 170 cm (5’7″) according to The Guardian.

about OBAMA Martial Arts

U.S. President Barack Obama has practiced taekwondo and earned a green belt. The president studied taekwondo for four years from 2001-2005, when he was a junior senator in Illinois.

In 2009 Obama was given an honorary black belt in taekwondo by South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak.