I don’t think it’s that you should lose but at least try to learn from your loss when you do 'cause there’s always a reason as to why you lost in the first place. At least that’s the way I see it. Then again, you can still learn something even when you win.
Practicing trials for characters you want to start learning definitely helps.
The answer to every question is not Shoryuken although some may be, depending on the whiffed move and situation. Some people would read frame data on information like this but you don’t have to. Lots of people start off by just paying attention to moves and trying things out. Usually when something looks like it can be punished by something, I will always try it out to know for sure. My friends know this 'cause I’m always doing crazy shiz. Whether it works or not, you still learn something and it makes you that much smarter / better. So if you’re not sure of something, try it out. Why not? You just can’t experiment like that in tournaments though, which is why we practice before-hand.
If you win a match by using the same move, you learn that your opponent was just a terrible player. I too learn this sometimes. I’m not that harsh though. I’d just say, “You know what? That guy just doesn’t have as much experience as I do”, lol.
Ken’s Ultra 2 is fine but Ultra 1 is just easier to combo into and it can also be used as an anti-air whereas Ultra 2 can’t. Ultra 2 travels far and fast so it may be able to punish lots of things that Ultra 1 can’t. The only way to combo into Ultra 2 (that I know of) is any combo into Hadoken > FADC > Ultra 2. For example; D + MK > Hadoken > FADC > Ultra 2. If you can master that then that’s great. Use Ultra 2 all day, lol.
Talking to other players is definitely a great idea. I do this all the time when I travel to small events, local tournaments and major tournaments. I’m always learning something new this way, even if it’s about different fighting games other than Super Street Fighter IV. I’d rather not talk about the same game all day anyway as I play many other fighters.
Focusing on fundamentals will not only help you get better with Ken but with everyone else and fighting games in general. Fundamentals are very important.
Sounds good to me so far.