I just tried picking up A-Ken a little while ago, and I must say I love this character! Custom combo-wise, he plays just like A-Iori… only not ambiguously gay. Here’s what I have so far… the general stuff:
[dp+LP, HP, LP+LK] x n, start improvising when you get to the corner.
It’s the exact same pattern that Iori uses. Only in Ken’s case, the spacing is always perfect for another deep DP. And with no ever accidentally going under the opponent either, this pattern is repeatable indefinately (just stop at 8 hits for damage sake). At hit 8, I like dp+LP, whiff d.LK, super jump forward HK’s, corner juggle.
Corner juggle pattern:
[d.MP xx hcf+MK] x n
Really fun to do. Feels just like Akuma’s pattern, only not hard. The MK funny kick leaves you in the perfect position for a really deep shinryuken super.
dp+MP x n
Also leaves you in perfect position.
A staple for all A-groove characters.
Boots to the gut, corner pattern or ender
It’s a bunch of s.HK’s and f+HK’s. Anybody can do this. What I like is that you can double tap each and every single HK. When 2x tapped, there’s not way you can possibly mess up ever :). I’m even happier when the opponent blocks. You can start going nuts with random d.MK xx hadoken, overheads then. By making the opponent block the hadoken, there’s no way they can jab out of the overhead kick afterwards (too good). Also you decide when Ken’s attacks combo or not either by speeding up or slowing down your attacks. It’s a lot of fun.
Random guard crush pattern:
dp+HP x 3, f+HK…
A little shou, shou, shou thrown in there just for fun :).
d.HK, s.HP, rdp+LK, qcb+K, (land) shinryuken
I love this CC ender! If you do it from the repeated F+HK ground pattern, Ken will throw his far s.HP (the haymaker). Cancel that into flip kick, flip kick canceled into hurricane, which pops the opponent up for a nasty super. If there’s a prettier CC ender in the game (besides Iori’s jump back, freeze ender) I’ve yet to see it. A-Akuma reminiscent.
d.HK, qcb+HK, shinryuken
For boring people… Still works great though.
d.HK, qcb+LK, s.LP into jumping jabs OR d.MP xx funny kick pattern
Light hurricane kicks are good too :).
A-Ken is the a button presser’s dream. In fact, I just creamed my pants a few minutes ago using him in practice mode. Anyway, now I know why the stinkin’ japs like using him so much. Does anybody in this forums play A-Ken for real? I could use some effective damaging CC’s and/tricks if anybody could share.