Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has taken another step to boost his charisma by holding a wrestling session with members of Russia’s national teams.
The training took place on Wednesday in a brand new sports hall in St-Petersburg, with journalists and photographers watching on.
Putin holds a black belt in Judo. However, he did not just limit himself to the Japanese martial art. He showed off his skills from its Russian analogue Sambo and from Greek-Roman and freestyle wrestling.
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin has been the President of Russia since 7 May 2012, succeeding Dmitry Medvedev. Putin previously served as President from 2000 to 2008, and as Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. During his last term as Prime Minister, he was also the Chairman of United Russia, the ruling party.
Putin and JUDO
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).