While I don’t consider myself to be great at fighting games on an international level, I’ve always been one of the best in my local area (and surrounding areas). With Street Fighter IV coming out now, many, MANY new players are coming out of the woodwork. Some of them are really good friends of mine and want to get better, so I’m doing everything I can to help them out.
Thing is, what’s the best way to train someone?
I’ve been trying to mix how I was trained in sports with how some people online say to train newbies:
- Show them all the basics (Cross-up, meaties, etc.)
- How the fundamentals are applied
- Move on to character specific information (match-ups, combos, etc.)
- Mentality (Not being nervous at a tournament, playing to win, learning from losses)
Sports showed me that the fundamentals are key to anything, so before my friends try and do bad ass combo’s and set ups they see on YouTube, I show myself beating other players using just the basics. Hell, I even emphasized the importance of knowing your normals by beating a bunch of players without special moves.
Do you guys do/know any better ways to help speed up their progress? For example, whenever I play them, I play to win. I’ll perfect them day and night, and (in the 2 months since the game came out) they all improved, but I can’t help but wonder if my constant beatings helped or hurt their progress. On the one hand, I’m afraid the constant beatings may discourage them (A handful of my friends quit for a while cause they were tired of losing). On the other hand, some of my friends really improved and when they finally got a game on me, said that it was worth all the training and just wanted to get better so they can be at my level.
Some people say (not just for games, but most sports/games) “play your best and it’ll help them get better.”
Others use the whole “guide them into making the right decision approach” like pro players do to newer players in the board game Go.