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Vladimir Putin Gets 8th Degree Black Belt ... Just For Kicks

11/21/2014 9:32 AM PST

Vladimir Putin -- Gets 8th Degree Black Belt ... Just For Kicks

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Vladimir Putin is even more dangerous ... earning his 8th degree black belt in a form of karate ... so says the Russian news media. 

The 62-year-old President of Russia is a student of Kyokushin -- a stand-up, full contact form of karate ... in which fighters do not wear head gear. Head strikes are also banned in competition. 

Putin is pretty skilled in martial arts -- having earned his 9th degree black belt in taekwondo back in 2013. Plus, he's also a heavy duty judo enthusiast. 

Meanwhile, President Obama practiced taekwondo in Chicago from 2001 to 2004 ... but only earned a blue belt. 

Not like it's a competition or anything ... 

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