I’m an old guy coming back to fighting games after ~ 20 years away. I played SF1, SF2 and SF2 Turbo in the arcades quite a bit as a kid. Couldn’t play well on pad so I got a stick and am much more comfortable on it. Took everyone’s advice and played Ryu for the past couple weeks (I mostly played Ken back in the day), (~ 300 games, won 20% of them, some of those were from mashing though.)
Anyways, didn’t feel like I was getting better with Ryu, and so I started trying characters. Finally tried Balrog, and love him. I don’t mash, when I win it feels right, and generally when I lose I know why I lost, unlike with Ryu where half the time when I won it was because I did something stupid that happened to connect and often when I lost I just felt lost (vs. Evil Ryu for instance.) Balrog slows the game down for me in a way that is fun.
All that said, I’m having trouble with anti airing with Balrog. I’m used to SRK, and to a lesser degree dfp with Ryu. With Balrog, I seem to either trade with dfp most of the time, or get stuffed, mostly against dive kicks I think, but also against a fair number of jumping normals.
Read all the Balrog beginner stuff I could find, and the anti air game seems to be mostly just distill down to “use dfp and smp to anti air.” I’m missing something fundamental about the timing, or something.
For context, played about 40-50 matches with him so far, and am a complete beginner.
Thanks for any help.
** Edit: I’m playing online if that matters.