Duterte, Obama, and other politicians who do martial arts

politicians in martial arts

We could use less politics in martial arts and more martial arts in politics.

After all, many have pointed out that martial arts training not only improves your health but also helps you reduce stress and control your ego—two things you don’t want in the way when making important decisions.

That’s probably why several politicians from around the globe practice martial arts, which is a testament to its positive effects. Here are just some politicians who train in martial arts.

Barack Obama

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Photo credit: EPA

The US president practiced Taekwondo from 2001 to 2005 when he was a senator for Illinois, earning a green belt in the process. In 2009, he was awarded an honorary black belt by South Korean president Lee Myung-Bak. And no, he doesn’t do BJJ.

Jane Kim

This elected Supervisor for San Francisco’s District 6 is also a taekwondo black belter. And judging from the video above, her skills are legit. Take that, Obama!

Vladimir Putin

The Russian president has been practicing sambo and judo since the age of 12. This judo black belter has also been an open supporter of MMA and Russian heavyweight star Fedor Emelianenko.

Justin Trudeau

The Canadian Prime Minister is big on boxing and even stepped into the ring for a charity match against Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau. He also showcased his boxing in a charity event in New York last April.

Chantal Jouanno

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Photo credit: REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

France’s Junior Environment Minister is a black belter in karate. She’s also a 12-time French karate champion.

Pulong Duterte

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Photo via durianburgdavao.wordpress.com

Davao City Vice-Mayor Pulong Duterte is a big supporter of the local taekwondo scene and he’s also a black belter in the Korean martial art. Another Duterte in presidential son Baste is also into martial arts, donning the gi for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training:

And it’s not just politicians, click here to see the Filipino celebrities who do martial arts.

Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DojoDrifter.com. You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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