Well I got back from Japan the day of SBO but and one of my goals was to meet Daigo and get his autograph and I did, but the most surprising that I found in the street fighter seen at Big Box (top SFIV arcade in Japan) was a Sagat player named Kenneth also known as AmeriKen and U.S.D.A. I saw him play at Big Box with now card at the time as he crushed a 42,000 or something BP Akuma and I asked him where he was from. He told me he was from the US but had been living in Japan for 2 years and played SFIV in Shinjuku, Safari, and Big Box ever since SFIV came out and he always played with top Japanese players. Right when I met him he invited me to the GodsGarden tournament where he was voted in to play in. I was star strucked when he introduced me to Mago, Ojisanboy, Nemo, Daigo (AGAIN!!), Shiro, Bonchan, Tokido and ahh it goes on. He was on respectful terms with them because they all respected his skill. He is ranked #48 in Japan as of 2 days before SBO according versus city as you can see here.
He also participated in the Shiowaza 5 v 5 tournament. He was an AMAZING Sagat player and the only thing I could think of was how he would fair if he returned home to the US and participated in our events.
So I wanted him to be known by us, his own countrymen so I took the chance to record some of his matches. I did not get all them, but the videos that I do have are him fighting Marn, Tokido, TKD, Shiro, Mago, Daigo, Radiowave, Itabashi Zangief. He beat Marn, Tokido, Radiowave, and Itabashi Zangief and when I say that I am not declaring that he is the better player just because he won a casual match at Big Box, but I truly believe that his skill is amazing and he could easily be one of our top players. He lost by a hair with Mago, Gave Daigo some trouble, and got beaten pretty badly by Shiro.
The fights I did not have was him beating Uryo and Kindevu at Big box but I am truly sorry do not have video of it. And about the videos I am posting. You will see that his name is U.S.D.A but I assure you that he is AmeriKen, he lost his card so he got a new one. And in Magos fight his card did not register because it had to be renewed but for the footage of this fight I have proof that it is indeed him and Mago fighting because you will see them. Also with the Tokido fight you can not see Tokidos name but you will see him playing. I hope the quality of these fights will also help prove that he is AmeriKen even though his card says U.S.D.A. Kenneth really showed me an amazing SF scene when I was there and introduced me to all the top players and got me pictures with them so the most I could do is spread the word that we do indeed have an amazing and powerful street fighter player over in Japan who can definitely hang with the best. Now if he could only come to evo.
And if you are wondering why he was not in SBO its well obviously he did not qualify nor did he try, because he told me his lack of Japanese keeps from knowing about a lot of the tournaments there. The craziest things about this guy is that he does not have the game at home and only plays at Big Box after work. It is because he plays with the top players that hes learned all the tricks and matchups. He didnt even know what EVO or SRK was but after I filled him in our scene here he was completely surprised and was interested. I hope we see him more of him in the future and hopefully he will come home soon and share with us his skills. I hope you all will check out these vids. MOst of the fights are posted here