I am not new to Street Fighter games, but I am disproportionally bad for the amount of time I have been playing. I have managed only marginal improvement over the course of my play experience in SFIV and SSFIV.
I believe this is because I do not know the proper way to train. Practice does NOT make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect and mine is far far from anything remotely close to perfect!
I also want to be clear in that 99.9% of my play experience is online. I just don’t know anyone near me that has an interest in playing offline. I realize this changes the play experience a bit, but I truly believe my issues and poor play are much deeper and can’t simply be shrugged off with the line “It’s online so it does not matter.”
The issue is also not my “knowledge” of the game. Obviously I need to continue to learn and improve in this area, but I would not call it a major weakness. I am well aware of the fundamental concepts of match ups, chains, links, canceling, punishes, block strings, spacing, zoning, and have a basic to intermediate understanding of the more advanced topics of Option Selects, Frame Traps, P-Linking, and Mix-ups.
I know my weaknesses. I have poor execution at the best of times and its atrocious under pressure. I drop links and combos all the time. My anti-air DP will often get beat out by flowchart Ken jump-ins. I will get punched out of a BnB combo or “Valle” (you know whiffing completely after the FADC or just throwing out an EX DP instead by accident) a game winning Ultra.
So my question to all of you is how do you properly train? How do you break yourself of bad habits? Do you have a training regime that you follow? What are your tips for effectively using the training room? I need to do something different because chain queuing into ranked fights online is getting me nowhere and more likely reinforcing all the terrible things I do.
I am trying to learn Yun, but your advice does not need to be Yun specific. I also enjoying playing Dudley, Ryu, Akuma, and Fei Long. However, I honestly feel I need universal training strategy and tactics over character specifics. Thanks for your help.