I’ve been really struck with this matchup lately, so I’ll post a bit on it.
Chun-Li vs Yang.
This is a hard match for Yang. The threat of Chun-Li’s low foward and back-fierce (even without meter) makes it difficult for Yang to be inside where he needs to be. Dive kicks are beaten by low roundhouse, back fierce and jumping roundhouse. Crouching chun is also a problem for Yang. Most of his standing normals will whiff over her, and a chun player with good reactions can stuff UOH and toward and forward with well… any button she feels like pressing . Yang, like most mid-tier characters, doesn’t have much of an answer to Chun-Li’s wake-up game (low jab, walk up grab, kara-grab, back fierce, low forward, etc). If you spam grab on wake-up to break a throw, you’ll probably get supered. If you break a throw on reaction, the throw break puts you in Chun’s standing fierce and if in the corner, her low forward zone. If you try to parry on wake-up, you might thrown or supered via low forward (low parry) or back fierce (cannot be parried low) :sad:. On top of all this, many of Chun-Li’s normals (namely back fierce and low forward) beat Yang’s normals, and not to mention them being extremely safe against Yang *. This is why it is a task for Yang to be in range for his mixup game.
Above is what makes this matchup difficult. The following are some of the tools you need to beat a good Chun-Li player.
Chun-Li has to feel the threat of Yang’s low foward on her wake-up. Chun-Li’s wake up consists of low jab, quick stand back feirce or low forward, grabbing, blocking, ex-spinning bird (), and maybe a parry. All of these, other than spinning bird EX, blocking and parrying, can be beaten by Yang’s low forward meaty (which combo’s into Tourou Zan, EX if you have it). Low forward is safe on block, however the range it puts you if blocked can be tricky for both players, depending on the distance. Now of course chun may get smart and decide to parry low on her wakeup. This is risky for her because of the threat of zenpou tenshin and uoh->c.lk>ex tourou.
So thats pretty much the bread and butter against chun-li on her wake up. Getting a knock down is a different story… :mad:. I’ll post more later, along with mixup game tricks and even some gimmicky stuff that can come in handy against chun or any other matchup even.
*There are some exceptions to Chun’s pokes against Yang’s pokes, which are worth knowing. I’ll discuss those later.