10 Things You Didn’t Know About Vladimir Putin

He’s a black belt in Judo

putin has a black belt


When he’s not plotting against journalists or being gifted with puppies, Putin spends his time practicing martial arts! He began practicing sambo and judo as a teenager and continues to this day – earning a black belt in Judo in 2012 and serving as co-author of the book Judo: History, Theory, Practice.

He also enjoys other recreational activities like skiing, hockey, diving and fishing. Sometimes even shirtless, which you can see in his annual calendar – but more on that later!