It’s not so much that his footsie’s are hard, it’s that you can’t let someone get in on you, and you have the tools to do that. Once they get in, you have a million different block strings you can use, they just require timing because they revolve around 1 frame links. Once you get 1 frame link timing down, it’s not a problem anymore. You do a block string, it pushes you to a safe distance. You start a string, and you hit you opponent - dp into ultra. Or they block a string, stop mid way and repeat it as so:
cr. lk cr. lk ----- pause by standing up ---- cr. lk cr.lk cr.lp xx TU
Or just grab after the first blocked cr. lk - they are now on the opposite end of the screen.
IMHO it’s best to play footsies on your own terms. Like opponent wake up etc. But up close, unless you’re playing a shoto spamming cr. forward you can just safe knee them. Otherwise crouching forward makes any tiger knee whiff into a punish combo - that possibly ends with ultra.
What’s also great about block strings is each blocked hit gives you super meter. Once you get 2 bars, your opponent has to change their style of play, they will be more timid up close - or they will stay back, either way it’s in your favor.