Alright, when you have knock-downed your opponent and you’re in their face as they’re rising up, you need to approach:
Cr.lk meaty: You time it so it hits on the last possible active frame, increasing the advantage to +5-6. Also since it recovers in 5 frames if your opponent has a reversal that is +5 frames to activate you can block in time. This technique fails vs characters with reversals 5 or less frames (Ryu’s srk, Guile’s flashkick, Blanka’s EX vertical ball) so in that case you’d safe jump (except against Ryu’s SRK since it’s still too fast). When they block this monster you can follow up with another cr.lk that acts like a chain (they cannot perform any reversal moves), go for a grab, or go for the overhead (F+HP).
Safe-Jump: Best done after HP TU>FADC>F+RH since most opponents quick-get up. You jump with HK or HP and time it so that if they go for a reversal you have enough time to block, but if they didn’t they’d be forced to block it, allowing you to start your rushdown. Depending on the character input HP TU option select or MK TK option select (for teleporters) for best results.
Against SRK characters:
I really hate these guys since just one SRK and bam a lot of your life gone (ironic since I’m Sagat) but it takes away a lot from your rushdown game. There is a nice solution however, you can late option select tech cr.lk (basically hold downback on wakeuip, and press cr.lp+cr.lk after their reversal window). If they do a SRK, you block and punish, if they don’t you cr.lk them. Now vs. shotos their hitbox is so great (Ryu, Ken), that after they just block that cr.lk, you can go for the double safe MK Tigerknee, which hits twice on a crouching hitbox and it’s safe. If they catch on to you and start blocking high after the first cr.lk, simply do a second cr.lk and MK TK. The beauty about this is that’s a chain from cr.lk to MK TK, and their best gap for inputting a srk is after both hits of MK TK hits, in which case you can delay a cr.lk to catch a srk, do a HP TU FADC to catch pokers, and I think even go for a grab. You don’t want to be in too long vs. a shoto at rushdown, but one or two MK TK (which remove about 35dmg or a jab) is really great, so after you’ve done your damage simply end in cr.mp>low TS for a blockstring that can’t be SRK’d inbetween, and to end your pressure and go back to zoning.
You’re in cr.lk’ing now what:
Just keep at it, chipping away at their life with safe knees, then after a safe knee either trying for a grab attempt, overhead, or just keep up the pressure. After a tigerknee, if you see that your opponent likes to option select tech crouch a lot, you can delay a HP TU that can catch them and teach them not to just throw jabs/shorts for gaps in your blockstring. If blocked you can just FADC and you’re safe. Overtime, after a lot of rushing down you will have a sixth-sense for what to do and what not to do, and how to break their defense. Most players it takes just that overhead, some just one grab after the cr.lk, in which next time in that same position you cr.lk then frametrap into cr.lk or cr.mp, a simple but deadly mixup, since you do not want to eat a Sagat combo.
Here’s an example of my rushdown: [media=youtube]FPYqFb_8W8Q#t=7m12s[/media]
Notice after the knockdown I dash in and do a meaty cr.lk. If Dhalsim performed an ultra, I can cancel it into EX TU and avoid ultra, as well as knock him down again. At the first blockstring, even though I hit I wanted to keep the pressure, so I st.lk>LK TK, after that if you feel your opponent is the poking type, do a cr.jab which will stuff their attempt and counter hit (which happened here). I followed that into another st.lk>LK TK, and this time I don’t know why it connected, but I just went with it. Second blockstring, I conditioned my opponent that after st.lk I am going to TK, but this time I made the distance far enough so that if I st.lk>low ts or EX ts, it’d be a frame trap, and knowing that Dhalsim can slide under my tigerknees, that’s exactly what I did, and notice it was a counter-hit (due to slide being hit by EX TS). On third rushdown, the second cr.lk connected since most likely my opponent was trying to tech a throw, and ate the frametrap.
Hope you can learn from this and expand your rushdown game, which is the most fun you can have with Sagat, and for the best rushdown Sagat look up ojisanboy on youtube.
Also about cross-ups…just get used to it and try to react lol. Can’t really help you there, just keep playing, and for sticky situations, you’re going to have to adapt to your opponents mindset, and sometimes just block till you see an opening, that’s the best way to go. And sure I’d play with you, it might be laggy but it’s worth a shot.