Leveling up with Sakura

sakura

#1

I’ve been playing Sak for around five months now, and feel like I’ve made pretty significant progress. I’ve taken as much information from the threads as I can, such as the notebook, the setup thread, the combos, the safejumps, the OS thread, everything I can find. I’ve got combos down pretty well, my execution isn’t bad, and I feel like i have a good handle on her pressure. However, a lot of the time when I go for safejumps or weird setups, I just get hit out of them. Am I just timing them wrong? Is there a good way to practice these to make sure that when I go into a match, I’ve got these down pat? Thanks for your help and your time.


#2

Gotta be more specific about what you actually get hit by and what kind of safejumps or setups you’re talking about.


#3

Typically by shoryukens and the like, though sometimes I end up whiffing and just end up getting thrown. The particular setups I’m using aren’t anything fancy. H shou land l shou meaty bnb, H shou walk forward jHP, and forward throw walk back jMK are the ones I get hit the most out of. I can usually land the otoshi setups fine.

Though post ex-tatsu setups like ex tatsu > jLP dash usually get me hit or thrown for whatever reason.


#4

The hp shouoken lp shouoken just needs to be timed correctly, if it’s even a little bit off it won’t be meaty anymore and they can grab you out of it. Also the J. hp and j.mk setups you mentioned don’t actually work as a safe jump against 3 frame reverals, which is why you get hit out of it.


#5

Ahhh, I had no idea about that. Thanks.