I guess I’m more of a rush down/mix up player. I get how turtling can be strategically sound and score wins, but I would never do it. It gives me no satisfaction whatsoever.
It’s just so much more exciting and satisfying to get in close for a rock paper scissorcs match of mix ups, blocking and teching. Even if it does cost me a win from time to time.
The greatest matches to me is when both players are in each others faces throughout, but both have similar skill and good enough defense that it becomes this kind of close combat stalemate. Win or lose, matches like that leave me with a big dumb grin on my face after it’s over.
Even when I played Ryu I almost completely neglect his zoning game in favour of getting in close for mix ups. Which is why I’ve ended up loving Ken so much, I get to be mister shoto, but it’s okay if I forget I even have a fireball.
I guess the closest I get to defensive play is hit and run tactics with Vega. Which is still more of an offense I guess, since the other player is the one reacting to what I do.