as far as poke strings go. on wake up, i usually do c.lk c.lk s.hk >mk golden heel upper. usually the mk. golden heel is just the right range where there is time to block. does pretty decent guard crush. and most people think they can get you after the golden heel, so sometimes to mix it up, i throw out a hk tiger kick to take out people who thought they could trip me.
im still trying to work on slide>>tnt punches. is mp the best to use in that position?
ive also realized how excellent his s.hk actually is. when i JD close attacks, i used to slide, but the startup is too slow, and i usually dont connect. but a point blank s. hk is fast and does pretty good damage.