Lube Up! The Strange Art of
Turkish Oil Wrestling
When the developers of Street Fighter IV announced that they had been working on a character from a martial art no one had seen in a fighting game before, speculation ran wild. When the big reveal came the gaming community could not argue with the original statement.
Hakan's listed style was unique in the history of fighting games, and unlike 'electricity', 'soul power' or 'yoga' it was an entirely legitimate martial art. Hakan was a Turkish wrestler or an 'oil wrestler', competing in the sport of Yagli Gures, a traditional wrestling method whose annual championship can be traced back six hundred and forty years. If you haven't seen it before and decide to look it up on YouTube, you're in for a surprise.
The dynamic of Yagli Gures is far removed from most styles of wrestling because of the wrestlers' oiled bodies and the lengthy periods bouts can run on for (up to forty minutes before extra periods).