Just some things i’ve been thinking about and working on:
A good way to practice step kick link is to do the loop. As yall probably know, cod fadc can combo into step kick as well. I just put infinite meter on and do step kick, cl.hp xx cod FADC step kick, cl.hp COD fadc etc. It is a strange motion to get to and a little more concentration required than doing the regular link, which is why aside from practicing the link over and over, it also makes it more difficult so that when it comes to doing just the regular link, it is less stressful and thus easier. My current record is 21 hits, or basically 7 reps of the combo.
Another useful thing to practice with step kick I feel is essential, is practicing with random block and random counter hit. Start slow and don’t worry about making the link combo, just make sure that you react as fast as you can (which probably won’t be up to speed at the start) to whether it is blocked, hit, or counter-hit. just make sure that you DON’T GUESS as it will become twitch habit to just guess. To me, if it’s blocked, i wait and do it again. On regular hit, cl.hp combo, and on counter-hit, cr.lp, cl.mp cod combo. Also during the counter hit, try not to look at the side for it. In a real match, you won’t be watching that, you’ll be watching your opponent so of course you should train yourself to react to it with peripheral vision.
A few things i’ve been testing as well:
CH cr.mp combos into cr.mp for a pretty easy counter-hit confirm into rekka combos. Not many good players familiar with the matchup mash crouch tech against abel but can be a useful scrub buster and occasional tool.
I must be the only one that loves CH overhead cl.hk into step kick. This is probably my favorite scrub buster as it beats crouch techers and downbackers alike. You won’t get the CH combo against a regular overhead hit of course, but it is a good frame trap setup for it.
A cheesy trick i like to do that i’ve caught a lot of people with is stepkick, cl.hp xx hp cod FADC into cl.hp xx lk wheelkick reset into lp TT. It’s not mathematically speaking a great mixup, just the fact that it is seldom seen and thus nobody expects it and catch a lot of people off guard.
Anyways, just my thoughts, derp