Ryu’s Street Fighter moves (including the hadoken) performed IRL

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

For many of us, the video game franchise ‘Street Fighter’ was a big part of our childhoods and may have originally piqued our interest in the martial arts from a young age.

Every kid had a character they were really good with. For some it was Sagat who was the imposing Muay Thai destroyer known for his powerful knee and elbow strikes in close. Other kids were good with Ryu who came from a karate background and mastered the mythical ‘hadoken’ technique that they would often annoyingly spam at you from afar.

In this video we see some of Ryu’s moves (including the hadoken) performed in real life by martial artist and stuntman Eric Jacobus alongside the video game version and they are pretty much virtually identical.

Judging by the graphics you can see it is one of the more recent versions of Street Fighter, but it looks like it shares many of the same techniques that made it such a hit in the first place.

Eric is able to perform Ryu’s moves just about flawlessly and many of the crazy flying spin kicks he is able to perform is pretty incredible and very impressive. It is doubtful that even very many UFC fighters would be able to pull of similar moves, unless they themselves come from an extensive traditional martial arts background like perhaps Anthony Pettis, GSP, or Anderson Silva.

Street Fighter (ストリートファイター Sutorīto Faitā?), commonly abbreviated as SF or スト (Suto), is a fighting video game franchise by Capcom. The second game in the series is credited with establishing many of the conventions of the one-on-one fighting genre. The game’s playable characters originate from different countries around the world, each with a unique fighting style. It is Capcom’s second best-selling franchise, having had significant success worldwide. The first game in the series was released in 1987. [Source: Wiki]

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