Im in the same spot and struggle like Faz. I used to play Akuma in a very aggressive way ( I like to play in every game the aggressive part) but it was only fail on my side, because i did mistakes, like jump in and cr.HK all the day, no hitconfirming only try to get out your BnB Combo. So I moved to the turtle mode, from the turtle mode to a hit and run (go in, do your BnB go out) and now Ive got the confidence to start up my fireball pressure, go in and stay in, but I’m still waiting for the opponent to make the mistake. Paciente is very important for me (with Akuma) I learned it the hard way
Then I tried to play some days only normals without ending it with the tatsu > sweep or tatsu > dp, it stepped my game on whole new level (its still kinda low :D), because now I’m hitconfirming and get my tatsu into sweep or into dp 80% of the time. Try to play some days/matches only normals, play footsies. get your normals done. It was annoying, because I pressured my opponents so hard, I had so much fun with it.
Ive got some friends I play with every weekend. On the first sessions they won 8 out of 10 matches vs me, I was so salty all the time( Honda, Ryu, Bison and Balrog players). But yesterday I was on such a high level, I think, that I’ve won 6/7 out of 10 matches vs all of them. The Honda gets me into struggle, it was something like 5/5.
What my intention is, if you stick with Akuma, you’ll get the reward for sure. I thought many times to switch mains, but when I’m in the charakter select window, Akuma smiles to me and I cant pick any other charakter
He is style pure, when you get all your combos, do your mixups and your opponent just doesnt know where you come from, what will happen, it’s such a nice feeling.
He is a beast!
But I’ve got a question too.
Taking my game to a new step, how importand it is to learn the frame datas?
Do I need to know all hitboxes or Akumas at first, to know how and when they get up? I’m still a noob, is’nt that at first too much to beginn with?