So I went and finally got Super Street Fighter 4 recently and settled onto Akuma, moving away from my usual mains of Ryu and Ken. I knew that Akuma wasn’t exactly an easy character, but I was and still am determined to play him.(Though I wish I could’ve experienced him in SF4 at peak power.)
I took my licks, but whether through luck, or just inherent skill(really just luck), I generally began to win a good share of my matches developing a patchworked, scrubby fighting style that had obvious holes in it, but was good enough to me at the time. As soon as I breached the 1000+ PP, my luck ended and my poor tactics got me slammed back down to the sub 1000 PP zone where I belonged. Bad jump-ins, over-reliance on s.HK, and simply little knowledge of how to properly punish and avoid punishment.
To be brief, I simply feel that I’m not only improperly playing Akuma, but simply missing it altogether. How should a proper rushdown, or in general, Akuma play? I am not asking for an in-depth explanation, explaining to me the finest intricacies of Akuma. I am simply looking for a basic but solid starting template for Akuma. Links to threads for beginner Akumas would be nice and some basic BnBs would also be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.