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Speedkicks shares 3 pointers for maximizing your Tekken training

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Anytime someone is willing to share how they achieved certain heights and successes in life it’s always a welcomed affair. Not long ago in the Tekken Zaibatsu Discord, a discussion arose about maximizing training in certain areas. Pro US Tekken player Speedkicks happened to be in the Discord and caught wind of the subject, excitedly saying “this is the type of Tekken conversation I really enjoy.” He then went on to say, “Let me hit you with my beginner plan from waay back when I started.”

Ok step #1, gotta be able to control your character. Get comfortable with your character’s moveset and get really comfortable with movement. Backdash canceling, forward dashing, running, sidestepping and doing it to the point where you can cancel them all into each other at any moment. This takes awhile so practice this along with the rest of the steps.

#2) Combos and execution. Ask a good player or use videos to find what your max damage staple combo is and how to do it. You’ll need 3. The normal combo, a wall combo, and a wall carry. You really want to commit this to muscle memory so you never have to think about it ever but it’s not that hard. Only takes a couple of sessions before you feel comfortable here.

#3) Punishment and throwbreaks. Now this is where it got a little tedious. For throw break training, I used Noodall’s throwbreak trainer but you can really just go to practice mode and set grabs and try to make yourself do the proper throw breaks for each throw. Don’t worry about doing it quickly, just worry about getting the correct break consistently, the speed comes after you train your recognition of the animations. And for punishment, I looked for my characters punishers and then I would go through each character alphabetically and go through all of their attacks that were -10 or less and use the correct punisher on the attack twice. I also went through their strings just to see what was duckable. This doesn’t train you to punish on reaction every time, but as you play games and see these attacks you’ll recall the proper punisher and you have the ability to make yourself do it. And yeah…I think that’s it. The most important part to remember is that all of this isn’t instant. It took me a couple months to get all of this to a good level. I worked on these maybe like 30 minutes at a time before I would go online and just enjoy playing some Tekken. It’s a very key detail so you don’t burn out.

Time to get to work. Anyone wanting to take their Tekken game to the next level may want to digest this. Have any questions for Speed? Place them in the comments below.

Aziz Peregrino-Brimah aka Zee the CEO | Founder / Editor-in-chief of TekkenGamer | Gaming has been a passion of Zee's since the early days of Atari and ColecoVision. His first experience with Tekken was in the early 90's, and it was Tekken 3 that sealed the deal. True story... As a teenager Zee once received his Winn-Dixie paycheck and spent it all at the arcade the same day. Needless to say, his mother wasn't pleased.

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