Mak vs. Alex shouldn’t really be a problem matchup for Mak. Once you knockdown Alex, mixing up your attacks should basically fuck him over. Always expect that they expect a Karakusa, mix up:
2.EX Tsurugi(fucks over Alex SA1 scrubs)
4.Kara Karakusa(if you read that he’ll try to “block” the early lk)
Standing meaty mp isn’t THAT great of a move, I’d only throw it out maybe once or twice per match, that move done meaty is too easy to read.
Edit: My personal question- How do y’all deal with a turtling Hugo? Corner combo(karakusa>HP>EX Hayate>HP) is near impossible to land because any Hugo scrub can counter 360. I have a hard time mixing up both hayate and karakusa against him, I can never seem to hurt him enough without these moves. Any tips?