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Osama Bin Training Judo?

Reuters thinks he might have:

Osama bin Laden stood out not just because of his height but because of his serious, conservative demeanor, according to a Taiwan man who says the al Qaeda leader, killed by U.S. troops on Monday, was a student in his judo classes in Saudi Arabia.

Jimmy Wu, a top Taiwan judo coach, told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of a tournament in the central city of Taichung that he came across bin Laden when coaching the Saudi Arabian national judo team from 1981 to 1991.

Bin Laden, whom Wu then knew only as “Osama,” attended classes at the judo center while still a university student. He was too tall for judo, and Wu said he advised him against the sport, but he was insistent so Wu accepted him.

“I didn’t know the name bin Laden then,” Wu said. “After 9/11 (attacks on New York and Washington), I was invited to a seminar, and some of my former students there said ‘oh Jimmy, Osama, now he’s our hero’. I was surprised and I looked for some pictures and I said ‘oh this guy’ and I started to have some memory of him.”

Wu showed Reuters photographs of himself and a tall, thin, bearded, serious young man with a mop of black hair whom he said was Osama. Osama attended lessons two to three times a week but Wu never saw him again after 1984.

Reuters has no way of verifying that the man in the pictures was bin Laden.

Thanks for the clarification, Reuters. I think they probably suffer from racist lazy eye, an actual scientific condition where our brains just don’t process the finer points of a different ethnicity’s visual appearance. We just see the beard and complexion and our brains are like “Yeah, good enough.”

If you wanna try and base it on behavior though:

He recalls how the al-Qaeda leader voiced disapproval when Wu’s wife walked into the judo training centre one day.

“The tall one said, ‘This is the centre, no women should be in here,'” said Mr Wu. “He did not approve. I have a particular memory of this. That was Osama.”

Oh yeah, that’s totally Osama. No one else in Saudi Arabia would act like that…

  • agentsmith says:

    Too bad the Osama vs Putin superfight will now never come to fruition.  My sources tell me that talks for the fight broke down over Putin’s demands for “co-promotion” and bin Laden’s demands that the ring girls wear burkas.

  • Blackula Jonez says:

    dammit that was a good one smith

  • Reverend Clint says:

    he doesnt look tall enough in that pic unless Wu is a giant asian guy

  • CAP says:

    Judo can’t block bullets.

  • repenttokyo says:

    bin laden was 24 in 1981, and he was still at university?  everything i read say bin laden had graduated by 81 at the latest.

  • thingvolds says:

    well, at least he got his bb before he died from kidney disease in 2001.

  • iamphoenix says:

    where’s the towel that’s supposed to go on his head?

    and his detonator? every muslim first born male child gets an IED detonator.

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  • jillR says:

    I didn’t know that he trained to learn Judo, this is something interesting. Maybe he did it for his plan for the future. Anyway i really wanted to watch the bin laden film. I hope that I can watch it this coming year. Hollywood and the White House are in the middle of partisan bickering on Capitol Hill due to an upcoming movie about the raid that murdered Osama bin Laden. Oscar-winning director of “The Hurt Locker,” Kathryn Bigelow, is said to have been privy to inside details about the raid, which she and the White House denies happened. Here is the proof: White House denies sharing inside info for bin Laden film

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