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DCS
7/18/2017 11:02am,
Wittes, who happens to be a martial arts aficionado himself, has chided Putin as a “fraud” and a “phony” and is trying to call his bluff by challenging the Russian strongman to a fight in any location where Putin lacks the authority to have him arrested.
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Wittes, a 47-year-old who holds black belts in taekwondo and aikido, many of Putin’s judo videos — and there are lots of them — are bunk. They typically start with some shots of Putin and his sparring partners warming up, then transition into Putin throwing or tackling an opponent. Wittes says Putin’s partners drop to the floor all too easily.

“At least in the videos I have seen, there are no committed attacks on Putin, and I see no evidence that his opponents are ever trying to get the better of him,” Wittes wrote on Lawfare. “The videos are demonstrations in which he shows off his masculine prowess with them taking what the Japanese call ukemi (defensive falls) for him.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/07/18/is-vladimir-putin-a-judo-fraud/?hpid=hp_hp-morning-mix_mm-putin%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.c069dab08c3f

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Shawarma
7/18/2017 11:04am,
Putin, round 1, via polonium.

SneakyGoblin
7/18/2017 11:17am,
Putin, round 1, via polonium.

The polonium will be delivered in round 1, but the victory will come in round 10. Polonium takes a little while to have it's full effect.

GrouchyOldMan
7/18/2017 12:12pm,
"Wittes says Putin’s partners drop to the floor all too easily.

'At least in the videos I have seen, there are no committed attacks on Putin, and I see no evidence that his opponents are ever trying to get the better of him,” Wittes wrote on Lawfare. “The videos are demonstrations in which he shows off his masculine prowess with them taking what the Japanese call ukemi (defensive falls) for him.' "

Reading this makes me feel conflicted.

There is no small amount of irony in an Aikidoka criticizing training partners taking deliberate falls for another. On the other hand, if an Aikidoka is making this accusation, it is possible that it really is THAT bad.

A quick internet search for videos really didn't really turn up anything interesting.

Permalost
7/18/2017 1:14pm,
Those guys throw themselves at the floor WRONG, guys!

MisterMR
7/18/2017 4:47pm,
No seriously, president of country X (now not young anymore) introduces a judo tournament in his country with a demonstration, and he expects him to fight for real?!

GrouchyOldMan
7/18/2017 5:21pm,
No seriously, president of country X (now not young anymore) introduces a judo tournament in his country with a demonstration, and he expects him to fight for real?!

I was thinking along these same general lines. Who the **** is going to be the one to throw Putin?

Although I did see him take a fall to the young lady he was paired up with, in the video associated with this article.

I wonder if there will be any evidence of her existence by the end of the week.

ksennin
7/18/2017 5:38pm,
I was thinking along these same general lines. Who the **** is going to be the one to throw Putin?

Although I did see him take a fall to the young lady he was paired up with, in the video associated with this article.

I wonder if there will be any evidence of her existence by the end of the week.

I think I remember that in TAPPED OUT, the book on MMA by AMERICAN SHAOLIN writer Matthew Polly, Fedor is questioned about Putin's actual skill level and he answers... diplomatically.

BKR
7/18/2017 5:40pm,
Whenever I watch Putin do Judo, he looks like an old guy who knows how to do some Judo, but doesn't train/work out much if any anymore. Nothing spectacular, and you can tell he is kinda stiff and rusty.

I can empathize with that, for sure...

halfcut
7/18/2017 9:34pm,
I don't personally know many older Judo guys who are able to get out there and throw down, especially the ones who were competitive when they were younger, much like Putin. It's hard on your body and the little injuries all add up eventually

Phrost
7/19/2017 4:09am,
Article's now on the Front Page:

http://www.bullshido.net/vladimir-putin-called-out-as-judo-fraud/

GrouchyOldMan
7/19/2017 6:10am,
I don't personally know many older Judo guys who are able to get out there and throw down, especially the ones who were competitive when they were younger, much like Putin. It's hard on your body and the little injuries all add up eventually

It's been my experience that the old judoka are almost a cliché. They move a bit slower, nurse their accumulated injuries, and talk alot about being weak, broken down old men. Watching their nage komi doesn't look all that different from the videos I have seen of Vladimir Putin.

But, a few rounds of uchikomi with one of them will usually leave you bruised and sore, and you realize that their judo is The Real Deal ®, and many of those broken down old men could probably still serve up a big steaming bowl of hurt to someone if they were so inclined.

Beware of an old man in an endeavor where men usually perish young.

Michael Tzadok
7/19/2017 6:20am,
Well... I first heard of Putin in '96 when Retuinskih of ROSS fame was excited that he took over the office of federal property administrator in Moscow, and was excited that a fellow Judoka was going to have say to his requests for facility usage with RETAL. Fast forward to '98 and Retuinskih(who was MoS in both Judo and Sambo) and was trying to get the FSB contract for combat Sambo instruction was excited as anything that a real Judoka and fellow MoS was now in charge of FSB. Then the Russians were all excited that a sportsman was running for the premiership of Russia.

So while I have seen any official Soviet era records of his Judo accomplishments, I have a lot of second hand reporting by people who were in a place to know.

Kravbizarre
7/19/2017 7:21am,
It's been my experience that the old judoka are almost a cliché. They move a bit slower, nurse their accumulated injuries, and talk alot about being weak, broken down old men. Watching their nage komi doesn't look all that different from the videos I have seen of Vladimir Putin.

But, a few rounds of uchikomi with one of them will usually leave you bruised and sore, and you realize that their judo is The Real Deal ®, and many of those broken down old men could probably still serve up a big steaming bowl of hurt to someone if they were so inclined.

Beware of an old man in an endeavor where men usually perish young.

Old man strength is a real thing. Seen plenty of videos of old boxers destroying some younger guys who think they are unstoppable. have rolled with plenty of guys 55+ and they sometimes have more energy/speed than younger people.

Hodr
7/19/2017 7:56am,
My money is on Putin.

I also find it terribly ironic an Akido and Taekwondo guy is saying Putin's Judo is unrealistic.

ermghoti
7/19/2017 8:22am,
My money is on Putin.

I also find it terribly ironic an Akido and Taekwondo guy is saying Putin's Judo is unrealistic.

Nobody knows a circle-jerking compliant demonstration like an Aikidoka, so I think we have to take his criticism seriously.

Like, super serious.

Srsly