I've been grinding out some practice since retail release (And will shamefully admit to being pretty bad), and at the moment I'm pretty decent at reliably getting down basic combos. I've been playing with Ole primarily, but with some Ari thrown in the mix from time to time. Move inputs don't seem to be too much of a problem for me, but I find that I'm struggling with quite a few things, of course. I was hoping I might be able to get some advice! Much appreciation in advance. 1.) While the standard combos aren't much issue for me, I seem to have a huge issue with continuing a combo after a wall splat or ground bounce. From what I've seen in videos and combo training, it should be possible to continue a combo after each of these, but I just seem to whiff the link every time. So like, when combo training tells me to Stand after an Air , I just never seem to connect with that, at all. It just seems to whiff after the opponent has had time to recover. I certainly can't seem to re-launch back into the air, either! Unlike the opponents who tend to float me in the corner forever Additionally, it seems like I see people getting MANY more hits while airborne. It seems like it should be possible with Ole to go from a launcher to , , , back into a launcher, but I can usually only ever get a single and then my air combo is over. I know this somehow probably involves a double jump cancel of some sort, but to me it feels like by the time I've done that cancel, the opponent's already landed and/or is out of range. I realize this is probably just my reaction speed being too slow, but I'm legitimately wondering if there's anything I can do to assess what I'm doing wrong and improve! 2.) This one is big: I need serious work on my defensive game. I find myself more or less getting pummeled into submission to the point that I can't participate in matches, and I gather that's because I'm pretty poor at defending myself. I don't mean just "Read High/Low blocks", so much as I mean, how do I react under that kind of pressure? Blocking forever just lets my opponent find an opening that much faster, so how should I be playing the defensive game, and what should my mindset be under pressure? Is there a way to reasonably improve the defensive game, and to learn how to "poke" back "safely"? 3.) I realize this probably comes with experience, but... Even though I'm learning as best I can, it sometimes feel like once I get into a match, everything I was able to do in practice evaporates and I fumble about! Are there any tips for keeping that information from fleeing my head at the first "Stampede!" and maintaining composure and control? Sorry for the long post, but many thanks in advance for any help!