Putin Receives Honorary 9th Dan WTF Black Belt

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Yeah, but it is only TKD! :p
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It's an honorary rank from an org that doesn't issue any real rank. I think we can safely ignore this. :)
 

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Putin has written a judo book. He seems to be an accomplished player and was as most know a former KGB officer. He's probably more into the martial world than 99% of the politicians (and dictators :) ) out there.

I'd take him in a fight vs. Kim Jong Un.

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Well if they can give an honorary 4th Dan to a cartoon robot then this does not surprise me one bit.

I hadn't heard that - which cartoon? Hong Kong Phooey is my only guess!
 

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Putin received a honorary 8th Dan in Judo and a 6th Dan in Karate a while ago, so the Koreans had to top that. ;-)

In my opinion they shouldn't award any honorary dan to a politician who doesn't respect human rights. Just think of the Greenpeave activists who're in jail in Russia or the members of the band Pussy Riot or the situation of homosexuals in Russia.

It's great that Taekwondo is doing well in Russia, but why didn't the WTF honor the president of the Russian TKD Federation instead? Oh yeah, he didn't happen to be on a visit in South Korea.

At least Putin was quoted with "I don't think I deserve such a high Dan," on a few news websites.
 
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