Luckily with my friend, it was like Ryu and Ken, and wed learn off each other.
If we read about something or seen something, wed go home and experiment with it and work it to death.
Then we made a pact to not use shotos for awhile to work on other chars. I went strictly gief since. He dabbled in all of them.
If I pick other chars, its a toss up, if I take gief, I can usually wax em up.
But it works.
Gotta work on diff stuff. Working on combos is good so when you do get that opening, you utilize it to the max.
But I specifically went awhile with gief without using any throws. To work on my normals. That alone through everyone off cuz theyd fear the SPDs. Now they aint coming. Then I went back to it. I usually play offense, but ill switch to d and throw people off.
Then theres just some people that WILL NOT get better.
my other friend. We all started playing same time, He was on par with us.
Nowadays he cant hold a candle. He plays often, but he just dont have that magic touch. reaction times arent as smooth. I guess he dont get it ingrained into instinct. Thats whats it all about to me. I dont think now when I use gief, hence i can look to the side and talk to someone and still land spds on decent people.