One of the best ways to start offense is to use jump kicks against your opponent due to them having large hurtboxes and being advantageous on block. Jump kicks, while they’re great on block, are very difficult to hit confirm because they are single-hitting attacks. This can usually happen if your opponent attempts to anti-air your jump, but reacts too late and gets hit at the very last second. Being unable to hit confirm jump attacks means that you will be giving up a potential combo.
A solution to this problem is to make use of the game engine and how blockstun works. Whenever a move is blocked, there is a small window where the game will not read in your inputs. Since there are more frames on block than there are on hit, you can quickly buffer an input so that if the move is blocked, then the follow-up attack will not come out. For example, buffering a input immediately after a jump kick will allow you to do a forward dash only if the jump kick hits.
This is possible because the game does not read in the input after the jump kick is blocked. By adding another input after the forward dash, you will be able to hit confirm the jump kick. Using Geras as an example, inputting + allows him to hit confirm a jump kick into a forward dash followed by a +. Geras’ + can then be confirmed into Bed of Spikes for a combo.
Jump kicks become a much more offensive tool using this method because if they are blocked then you will be at an advantage, and if they hit then they can be confirmed into a combo. Make sure to take advantage of this so that you do not leave any damage on the table.
Hit Confirming Jump Kicks submitted by Emperor_Flappy.