Russian leader Vladimir Putin has received a ninth-degree black belt in Taekwondo — ranking him higher than Chuck Norris.
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He’s already been deemed more powerful than President Obama — and now, he’s even tougher than Chuck Norris.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin, on a visit to South Korea, was honored with a ninth-degree black belt from the president of the World Taekwondo Federation — ranking him a notch higher than Norris.
Putin, a martial-arts enthusiast, was humbled by the honor.
"I’m not sure if I deserve this," said Putin, a former KGB agent, after receiving the honor. "Let’s call it our campaign to popularize this wonderful martial art. Russia will do its best to contribute to its popularity at home."
Putin, 61, was judo champion of his home town of Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, in his youth, and starred in the instructional video "Let’s Learn Judo With Vladimir Putin" in 2008.
The video shows him flipping and tripping various white-robed patsies, none of whom appear to be fighting back.
Putin also has a black belt in judo.
He has carefully honed his world wide reputation as a tough guy with such testosterone-filled exploits as shirtless hunting and fishing, playing hockey against professionals and arm wrestling with an American congressman.
Earlier, this year Putin teamed up with another movie actor, martial-arts tough guy Steven Seagal, to promote Russia’s weapons market.
Seagal also helped Putin promote a fitness program.
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