i used to be a balrog player myself but have made the switch to abel. i have been off and on, for the last 2 yrs, tried to play abel and never had any success. but recently have picked him back up and refused to play any other character for the last few months and the decision have been rewarding. some tips to help you on your journey…1) anti-airs: go into training room and set your “dummy” to jump in at different distances. memorize which anti-air is perfect for which distance and commit them to memory. and also learn which anti-air is most efficient for certain characters, for example abel’s cr.mk will beat 95% of all of honda’s jump-ins. honda will be forced to stay ground and that is when you attack. 2) st.lk: learn to use your st.lk as a poke, footsie and spacing tool. when i use my st.lk as a poking tool, i can prevent people from coming in and attacking me. it is very fast and recovers very fast as well and if you use it in succession, it can gain you counter hits and generally just pest your opponents. as a footsie tool, if you stand at the distance in which only the tip of your hitbox will hit the opponent, at that distances it will pretty much stuff any projectile move. record ryu throwing a firebell and then set it on playback, get into that distance and hit the st.lk the moment you see ryu’s arms go back, it will stuff the fireball clean. it will stuff all fireballs and also some specials like honda’s headbutts. if you use it as a spacing tool, it retains all the strategic advantages when you use it as a footsie tool, but now you will gain to ability to measure out how far away the opponent is or how close he is. if you st.lk hits at the tip of the hitbox, then you are in perfect distance to go into stepkick as a frame trap. and you can also mix it up by doing stepkick to cr.hk to rol as a mixup. 3) mix-ups: go into training room and practice your mix-up setups. it still surprises me that some abel players aren’t completely familiar with his mix-up setups. besides learning the setups, memorize which setups work on which characters and which setups won’t work on which characters. example; abel’s falling sky to backdash to lk/mk roll mixup will work on most of the cast but it doesn’t work on zangief, t.hawk, rufus, seth…etc. what i did was i went to training room and just went down the whole cast, trying every mixup, setup and reset and wrote down my findings in a notebook and would read that notebook every now and then to always keep the info fresh in my head. the worst thing that can happen is you are at tournament and you are kicking ass with abel, and in the hype of things you perform a mixup setup that doesn’t work on your opponent’s character and you lose the match that way. so it is imperative that you memorize not only your mixup setups and resets but also remember who to use it against and who not to use it against. 4) BNB combos: practice your combos until they are second nature. then after that, go through the whole cast and see which BNB combos will work on which characters. example; stepkick to st.hp will work on pretty much anyone but it will completely whiff over honda’s head, even when he is in standing position. same thing with fuerte, the stepkick will hit but the st.hp will whiff over his head. to rememdy this, i will use stepkick to st.mp instead, if you got a counterhit, then the stepkick to st.mp will link, if not, immediately roll to the other side and continue your assault on the other side. i hope my tips help you, i apologize about the long reply but i love sharing abel knowledge and i love to help fellow abel players get better at this awesome character. if you have anymore questions please feel free to message me, i will always answer.