ROB HERE — Okay — I deleted Rusty’s first post again. Too much damn spam — and doing more than one thing at once. So there were pictures of Vladimir Putin being all Rambo-esque and stuff. Rusty, believe me, it wasn’t intentional!!!
Funny you should mention it. The AP moved this on the wire today. Don’t think I’d want to piss this guy off. Remember the guy poisoned by that rare uranium?
Black belt from Red Square: Putin’s defense maneuvers now on instructional judo video
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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin is known for his political maneuvers. Now, everyone can check out his moves in another area of expertise: judo.
Putin, a black belt, said Friday that he and Yasuhiro Yamashita, a world and Olympic judo champion from Japan, have made an instructional video together.
The news came after Putin got a message of greeting from Yamashita during an opening ceremony at Toyota Motor Corp.’s new assembly plant near his hometown of St. Petersburg.
“He and I have recorded a video disc as a video supplement to a judo manual,” Putin said. “I think it will be coming out in January or February.”
Two years ago, Putin and Yamashita attended a judo lesson in St. Petersburg together, helping students practice holds at the judo school Putin, 55, attended in his college years. He had met Yamashita during a visit to Tokyo the previous month.
Putin co-authored a judo manual several years ago.
His physical fitness helped build his popularity among Russians after years with the hard-drinking and chronically ill Boris Yeltsin, who died in April, as president.