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  • Re: How can I improve my Yomi skills?

    Yomi isn't something you practice. It is something high level players develop from playing the same opponent over and over and learning the play style.

    But if you want to seen like you have Yomi, then learning set ups is what you want to do. Get your whiff punishment down, understanding that you aren't punishing on reaction, but you are predicting when he will do something and punish him for it. Such as walking up till you are in range for a poke, then step back assuming he is going to try poke you, and punish that whiff.

    You can use your projectiles to get them to jump in and punish the jump in. Character specifics will come into play here. EG: Balrog can avoid projectiles while coming in on you. If you know what distance he needs to be to be able to come in through a projectile and be close enough to you to capitalize on it, you can hang around that distance, let out a few fireballs then when he gets to distance you throw one fire ball and get your whiff punish ready. He can do it from different distances with his light, medium, heavy buttons, but you are going to have been paying attention to what he uses most often and assume he will use it again.

    When you knock somebody down, if they have meter you can assume they will do a meter burned wake up. They obviously wont always do this. And a great player will know when to and when not to. But if they don't, and you know their characters options, you can plan what would beat most of their options and you can meaty them with it. You will need to test the waters and go in on them when they have meter. If they do nothing with the meter you get the advantage. If they use the meter you can assume they will be savage and do it again next time. If they do it again next time you can be sure with a higher percentage they will do it the third time. Great players will stagger the use. But most players online will get into a pattern.

    That pattern is what you can "predict". Of course you aren't actually predicting anything and you have just got a better understanding of their behavior. But they won't know, because they will feel you know everything they are going to do. That gets them flustered and they start messing up.

    Getting an understanding of that is great for your game play as well because the better you get at it, the better you get at picking up your own patterns and finding ways to not seem so linear to your opponent who is trying to get into your head too.

    You can also throw out raw combos when you think they will block. So you are not worried about taking damage. This is a great way to get them to worry about random incoming junk. That will never actually happen, because you are smart enough to know not to actually do it with the plan of getting the combo to land. So while they are trying to pull off their stuff, and defend against your stuff, they will have it at the back of their mind that there is other possible stuff and be using some brain power to plan for it and keep an eye out for it to punish it. I do this a hell of a lot. And the feed back I get from my training partners is that even though they know I'm doing it, they still worry about it, because if they don't keep it in their minds they are worried they get clipped by it anyway.

    You can do things like always delay your wake ups, they will eventually notice it and try get you for you it. You will then of course know they are coming for your delayed wake up and you can wake up early with a crazy combo that just destroys them in the game and mentally. Now they are scared to go in on your delayed wake ups. Or any wake up game options you may have.

    And of course learn to shimmy. If you keep popping out of their range when you expect a wake up from them they will stop wasting meter on their wake ups and you can plan to get in on them safely.

    Yomi is about conditioning them to do something you want them to, or to stop doing things you don't want them to do. It's about them assuming you will do one thing and then you do another. And it's about you assuming they will do something that you can then punish them on. There is no reactions you need, nothing in Yomi is going to be about pure reactions.
  • Re: Arcade stick recommendations?

    If I could get a decent VS stick at a crazy price that would be my go to. The HRAP has nice length, but I cant stand the start button on the front panel.

    Between the Atrox and a TE2 I would probably go with the Atrox. The case just looks nicer. I prefer the box look. Like a VS.

    I play with a TE round 1. Its a nice size. I just don't like the big side panels. Will get smaller ones at some point.

    The thing to remember is that they are pretty much all the same thing. The decent sticks will all be Sanwa parts, then Seimitsu is the next popular. And Hori now uses the Hyabusa range that they designed in their more expensive sticks. If I recall that correctly. Not bothered to Google it now. So just pick the stick you like the look of as long as its a proper name product.
  • Re: The Nintendo Switch Thread! - Out now!

    Snaking and fire hopping isn't some gimmick people were relying on to beat the competition. All top competitive racers and all the time trial record holders all learned the track and learned how to think and race well. I myself feel I am really good at that. Right down to having a better understanding than most of the people I raced against online when it came down to things like holding back in positions to get the items I need and then racing up and having a plan for when the blue shell came. And when I played with my casual mates I never bothered with any of the gimmicky shit. But when you really want a balls out fun race with people who know all that stuff and know how to use the gimmicks it was nice that it was there. It gave the game more substance on a higher level. I don't think fire hopping was an exploit. On account of all the last few generations having some sort of go faster mechanic in the game. To many people who couldn't learn the gimmicks, purely because they couldn't be bothered to, complained about loosing to people online who took the game more seriously than them and Nintendo cut it out of the new version to please them. One of the reasons 8 did so well was because it was one of the more competitive versions to date. And it has unfortunately been killed. The gimmick was easy to perform and took seconds to learn. The skill came in being able to use them at the right times. I will still enjoy the game. It is one of my favorite franchises. But I will enjoy it even more when somebody figures out what the new gimmicks will be. Because the reason I don't play any other racing games, is that there is so little for my hands to do.

    I think people talking about it as a skill gap or a ceiling is the wrong way to do it because all the people who just weren't competitive look at it like the competitive crowed were just saying that they are better. Which they are, but it doesn't need to be said. I can't accept how anybody playing a game that has a first place and a last place wouldn't put in the effort to be first every single time. Especially our fellow FG players. The competition and being better than everybody else is the best part of Kart. And anybody who wanted to just see the pretty colors and have fun online with their children should have been given a separate lobby where they could play without the competitive people. And the ones who cared about the game and the core dynamic of what racing is could have been able to play in their own lobby.
  • Re: Do YOU do any Martial Arts?

    Emanuelb wrote: »
    I might have used a wrong word (I'm not an english speaker). Not sure if it actually is muscle soreness (I believe it is also called muscle fever). I was a bit tired from the last training, and I tried to do a back round kick and I felt a pain in the left glutes.
    I don't know, I guess overextended the muscle, now I feel a bit of pain when doing certain moves. I don't think is muscle fever, I experienced that when I started karate.

    What you are feeling is most likely the DOMS. Delayed Onset Of Muscle Soreness. Its basically a build up of Lactic Acid inside the muscles. The best way to get rid of it is to stretch with long sustained movements. For instance holding the splits. Don't bounce up and down. Just go as low as you can and hold it for a count of thirty seconds. Then stand back up and shake it off. Then repeat. do this for a few minutes and it will loosen up the muscles, and you will probably be surprised how much lower you will be able to go.

    Then continue to just train the way you do. But drop the work load. So do fewer kicks and with less power, use this time to really focus on your form.

    As the pain wears away you can start upping the work load. IF you are taking your combat training seriously then this is something you will encounter a lot. When I was going all out training to compete in Muay Thai, there would be months at a time when my body never felt 100%. When the pain was to bad we would slow down. When it was just mildly uncomfortable we would pick it back up again. You will learn to love it. It's one of my fave feelings. Like a big yawn and a morning stretch, except it lasts for days at a time.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that on a simple level our bodies use ATP for energy. And we only have a limited amount. Like literally a few minutes worth. When we use it all up we produce Lactic Acid. The LA needs to travel through the body dropping different molecules in different places. One of which is Hydrogen I believe, direct into our muscle cells. And that's what hurts. The way we break down H is with Oxygen in our blood stream. So a good way to reduce the pain is to exercise a little to wake up the body and then do cool down exercises and breath deep and long. This is what the stretching I recommended is for. And always do this after training as well.

    Hope that helps.
  • Re: Do YOU do any Martial Arts?

    I started with Pee Wee Karate in Pre School.

    I did Judo in Primary School up to Senior Blue. I was to young to start brown. (Competitive)

    Boxing for 5 years as a junior. (Competitive)

    Olympic wrestling for 2 years.

    Submission wrestling for 10 years. Its a lot like no Gi Jits, but the odd rule difference. You can do small joint manipulation and elbow presses on the ears and nose. (Competitive)

    Jits - Gi and no Gi for 10 years. (Competitive)

    TKD for 1 year. Felt to self defensy at the gym I went to and the people there wouldn't spa.

    Muay Thai for 20 years. (Very Competitively). This is my favorite martial art style. Its fast, it hurts, it looks amazing and for people who do martial arts for self defense it is the best.

    Boxing as a senior for 3 years on and off. I have a beard and we aren't allowed to compete unless we are clean shaven. So I don't put any real effort into it. I mostly go so the paid pros have a decent sparring partner. And it helps keep my asthma in check.

    I did get into MMA in the early 2000s. That's when it started to really take off around my neck off the woods. But I only did it for about 5 years.
    It was really clicky and the only people who got fights outside of inter gym competitions where the ones who paid for privates and the ones who where friends with any of the coaches. On top of that it was all the "hard guys" who thought they were the shit because they were cage fighters. OR the ones who did it because they wanted the image that went along with it. And I was left at the back of the class because I have always competed for the fun of it. Excuse the rant, haha, I just can't stand the personality of the generic MMA guy. There is very little more fun than two consenting pugilists who beat the crap out of each other for the sport, and then go have a steak and rum coke.

    Then I have also tried self defense classes. Different boxing styles like Irish which has a more open posture and the back of your hands facing forwards. Dirty Boxing which allows shots to any part of the body including kidneys and legs. Just not to the rear of the head or the groin, as well as clinching and in fighting. Street Boxing which is dirty boxing with more corn rows and tattoos. And Pugilism.

    I tried Mauy Boran. And Dutch Thai. And different styles of Kung Fu. But I kept going back to Muay Thai as my stand up and sub wrestling as my ground. And I think since I started Judo and Boxing as a junior the longest I have gone without doing any martial art has been about 8 months straight when I moved from one town to another and couldn't find a place for anything.