Dude, I’m loving your commentary
Re: those Akuma matches:
You’re getting a little reckless with your approach so I’d perhaps suggest applying the handbrake a little and slowing things down and perhaps being more reactive. Try and remain grounded more and only jump in when you see a ripe opening to seriously punish with c.fp > c.fp > ex palm > etc. You’re losing a lot of health due largely to holes in your defence and perhaps an over-eagerness to jump in and do damage. Hold back a little and place some focus on self preservation.
Try and work on a zoning and spacing game to keep opponents at around half a screen away so you can toy with their options. If you remain grounded, remember that c.fp is an excellent anti-air that will work wonders in keeping people out of your space. Use your various fireballs and varying charge delays to further maintain your zoning game.
Remember that demon flip and EX demon flip will quickly traverse a lot of ground and allow you to offensively get in an opponent’s face from essentially any distance. This is an extremely important tool to master and is the main aspect that nullifies Gouken’s speed limitations. He is a slow character, but the demon flip’s various options compensate for that.
I think you’re doing well for someone giving the old boy a try for sure. Keep at him to build up match-up and normals knowledge. Gouken has many options and tools that help him tango with ALL characters quite well. Another piece of advice I’d recommend is that when using Gouken, whenever in doubt, just plain block. I feel this applies to him (and in some cases Akuma) more than anyone in the game. You’ll find that simply blocking and being patient will extend your rounds significantly and present opportunities to choose openings where you can severely punish. When a patient Gouken gets an opening, opponent’s feel pretty sorry for themselves.
While Gouken does have a viable offensive game, you need to be extremely well adjusted to his options and properties of normals and you still need to choose your openings carefully.