Our travel guides are all about the best places to eat, drink, and adventure just like the locals. It turns out that while men in America may love women who wrestle in Jello, the people of Turkey are huge fans of men who wrestle doused in olive oil. This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure. The wrestlers who are lucky enough ahem to participate in the Turkish national sport cover themselves in oil as per tradition before sparring with another athlete. The jocks wear special pants made of either water buffalo hide or the more posh and modern version: calf skin.
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Edirne, in northwestern Turkey, is home to an annual competition that has existed since Billed as the world's second-oldest athletic tournament—after the Olympic Games—it's also the largest showcase for the Turkish national sport of oil wrestling. This time-honored event has one noticeably different ingredient from wrestling bouts elsewhere: olive oil, and lots of it.
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.