watching this now. man this dude was gangsta. i should have been a secret agent hahaha
i find it interesting that even tho they all look the same and do some very similar moves, they still essentially represent different parts of their style, just as as in real life how you and your friends could bring/do something different even if you all trained under the same master in the same dojo.
Ryu represents the patient, calm, defensive fighter. Big on counters and perfectly timed combos. He always waits for the right moment to do his moves. He will soundly defeat you but would never try to seriously injure you. His physical advantages being his durability, strength, burst speed, and strong stances.
Ken, the flashy offensive fighter. Not as patient as ryu, Ken will tend to make his own openings rather than wait for them, and will throw lots of flashy powerful moves that are still effective due to his natural talent and carefree nature. Similar to ryu, he’ll give you a sound thrashing but would leave you in one piece. His physical advantages being his explosiveness and power , speed in striking and in footwork, his endurance, and his durability.
then there is akuma, the most serious of the three. He is a pure offensive powerhouse. He drills through everything in front of him, not stopping, not relenting until you have been destroyed. The least normal or human of the three. He lives to train and fight, even more so than ryu. And to be even more specific lives to kill, if the opponent is strong enough. Willing to do ANYTHING to win. His biggest physical advantage being his strength, speed, power, explosiveness, practically everything. although from a game play perspective he is always designed to be less durable, and have less endurance to be more balanced, in the actual canon storyline, both of those are on very high levels as well.
This really shows why I love street fighter so much, because every character represents martial artists/fighters that we most likely know in real life, and thats cool.
5TH Street Gym in Miami, FL. Training for Sonny Liston Fight. The photographer spent some quality time one-on-one with Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) at his gym. This portrait of Clay is also a self portrait. The “posters” in the background were actually props from a boxing movie starring actor Anthony Quinn. ©Marvin E. Newman