It's a riddle that has baffled many, but now it seems we finally have an answer to the age-old question "who would win in a fight between Vladimir Putin and Chuck Norris."

The Russian President has been awarded the highest rank in taekwondo, eclipsing the martial artist and actor, who is reported to have an eighth-degree black belt in taekwondo.

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While on a visit to South Korea, Putin received a ninth-degree black belt from Choue Chung-won, president of the World Taekwondo Federation, Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency reports.

Only a chosen few have so far been awarded the highest taekwondo rank, known as "dan." Among them are presidents of the US, Indonesia, Honduras, Spain, Croatia and Pakistan.

Putin somewhat modestly said of the high distinction: "I'm not sure if I deserve this".

He went on to suggest that the event be seen as a promotion of "this beautiful martial art".

This isn't the first martial arts achievement by the Russian president, who also has a black belt in judo.

He was also reported to have released a martial arts DVD called Let's Learn Judo with Vladimir Putin.


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  • In this Friday, Dec. 18, 2009 file photo, then Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, right, is seen during judo training at a sports school in St. Petersburg, Russia. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Government Press Service, file)

  • Russian president Vladimir Putin in judo gear struggles against 10-year-old Japanese schoolgirl Natsumi Gomi on tatami mat as he visits Kodokan judo hall September 5, 2000 in Tokyo. (Pool Photo/Liaison)

  • Russian president Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with the national team's athletes as he visits a Judo Academy in Zvenigorod outside Moscow on May 8, 2012. (ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin (top) takes part in a judo training session during his working visit to St. Petersburg on December 18, 2009. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russia's prime minister Vladimir Putin (C) sits with a group at the 'Moscow' sports complex in St. Petersburg, on December 22, 2010 where he took part in a judo training session. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russian president Vladimir Putin, second left back, with his former judo coach Anatoly Rakhli, second right back, watches young sportsmen wrestling while visiting a sports school in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, May 30, 2013. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

  • Russia's president Vladimir Putin (2nd R) and American action movie actor Steven Seagal (L) visit a newly-built sports complex of Sambo-70 prominent wrestling school in Moscow. (ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russia's prime minister Vladimir Putin smiles as he takes part in a judo training session at the 'Moscow' sports complex in St. Petersburg, on December 22, 2010. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russia's prime minister Vladimir Putin (R) takes part in a judo training session at the 'Moscow' sports complex in St. Petersburg, on December 22, 2010. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russia's prime minister Vladimir Putin (top) takes part in a judo training session at the 'Moscow' sports complex in St. Petersburg, on December 22, 2010. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russia's prime minister Vladimir Putin (top) takes part in a judo training session at the 'Moscow' sports complex in St. Petersburg, on December 22, 2010. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russia's prime minister Vladimir Putin (background R) takes part in a judo training session at the 'Moscow' sports complex in St. Petersburg, on December 22, 2010. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russia's prime minister Vladimir Putin takes part in a judo training session at the 'Moscow' sports complex in St. Petersburg, on December 22, 2010. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russia's prime minister Vladimir Putin (top) takes part in a judo training session in front of a poster showing wrestlers fighting at the 'Moscow' sports complex in St. Petersburg on December 22, 2010. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russia's prime minister Vladimir Putin (C) sits with a group at the 'Moscow' sports complex in St. Petersburg, on December 22, 2010 where he took part in a judo training session. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin (R) holds a judo training session at the Top Athletic School during his working visit to St. Petersburg, on December 18, 2009. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin (R) holds a judo training session at the Top Athletic School during his working visit to St Petersburg on December 18, 2009. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin (top) holds a judo training session at the Top Athletic School during his working visit to St. Petersburg, on December 18, 2009. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin takes part in a judo training session during his working visit to St. Petersburg on December 18, 2009. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin (R) holds a judo training session at the Top Athletic School during his working visit to St. Petersburg, December 18, 2009. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russian president Vladimir Putin (L) demonstrates his judo skills to famous Japanese, Olympic judo champion Yasuhiro Yamashita (R) during their visit to a sports school in St. Petersburg, 24 December 2005. (ALEXANDER NIKOLAYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russian president Vladimir Putin (R) makes a throw, demonstrating his judo skills during his visit to a sports school in St. Petersburg, 24 December 2005. (ALEXANDER NIKOLAYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russian president Vladimir Putin (C-R) makes a throw, demonstrating his judo skills during his visit to a sports school in St. Petersburg, 24 December 2005. (ALEXANDER NIKOLAYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russian president Vladimir Putin (top) makes a throw, demonstrating his judo skills during his visit to a sports school in St. Petersburg, 24 December 2005. (ALEXANDER NIKOLAYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russian president Vladimir Putin (R) makes a throw, demonstrating his judo skills during his visit to a sports school in St. Petersburg, 24 December 2005. (ALEXANDER NIKOLAYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Russian president Vladimir Putin in judo gear, escorted by Japanese prime minister Yoshiro Mori, right, bows before entering Kodokan judo hall in Tokyo, September 5, 2000. (Pool Photo/Liaison)

  • Russian president Vladimir Putin training in sambo wrestling in Novo-Ogaryovo presidential residence in June 2002. (Photo by Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images)

  • Russian president Vladimir Putin shows off his judo skills against a Japanese opponent at a Tokyo judo training center, 05 September 2000. (AFP/Getty Images)