World Taekwondo strips Russia’s Vladimir Putin of his honorary black belt Russian President Vladimir Putin received the honorary black belt back in Nov. 2013 from World Taekwondo, the international governing body of the sport. He is known to be a fan of martial arts.
What rank is Putin in judo?
Vladimir Putin is described as a ‘keen judoka’ and much is made of him attending 2012 London Olympic Games to watch judo. He received his first-degree black belt when he was 19, and currently holds an 8th degree. Putin describes judo as “not just a sport, It’s his life philosophy”.