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    Virtua Fighter 2 Sarah FAQ Ver 2.0b 
    Compiled by S. Hyun Yim (Esak+@cmu.edu)
    With LOTS of contributions from:
     CHIA Jin Ngee
     Juri Munkki(jmunkki@beta.hut.fi)
     Jirawat Uttayaya
    and others
    Table of Contents
    PART I Moves and Basics
      Sarah's Moves List
      Basics You Should Know
      Moves Analysis: Sarah's Core Special Moves
      Moves Analysis: Sarah's Secondary Moves
      Special Topic: Shun puri and Follow ups
    PART II Tactics and Combos
      Sarah's Defensive Strategies
        Machi play
        Getting up
        Crouch Dash
      Oki Zeme
      Combos. . . Combos. . .  
        Built-in Combos
        Stagger Combos
        Float Combos
        Combos as Retaliation
      Traps (Ambush)
    PART III Fighting a Specific Character
      How Do I Fight This Dude/Dudette?
      Playing Against CPU
    PART IV Misc
      Some Notes about Sarah's Fighting Style and Background
      Closing Words
    "The most vicious are the females of predators."  
      Welcome to the wonderful of Virtua Fighter 2 where 10 fighters of 
    different nationalities, genders, races, fighting styles, ages, and 
    occupations join together in harmony and beat the snod out of one another.
    (A true vision of future, I should say.)
      Sarah Bryant stands out with her vast arsenal of kicks and monstrous 
    combo potential, and fast speed.
      More than one year had passed since the introduction of VF2 and the net
    community is still discovering many new strategies. And the contributions
    from the net community revealed many new informations that were previously 
    unavailable to me. This FAQ was written to replace the old Sarah FAQ which 
    was quite out of date and contained many inaccuracies. About 70% are 
    written from scratch. 10% are cannibalized from old FAQ, and 20% are 
    stolen from other people's posts :)
      Doing so, I dropped most of direct quotes, but I still owe great deal 
    to many people in R.G.V.A, especially to the four people mentioned above. 
    I am just stealing their contributions to put this together.
      This FAQ is available from my Sarah homepage at 
      It will be also available at Lars Sorensen's VF2 hompage, along with
    lots and lots of other VF2 resources:
      Also, there is another important Sarah FAQ. It's the Sarah Floating Combo
    FAQ written by Pakorn Pongpaet. We intend that our FAQs complement each
    other. In this FAQ I covered mechanisms of floating combos and other kinds
    of combos, and their relationship with stance. Pak's FAQ covers extensive
    list of floating combos. After you read this FAQ, I strongly suggest you 
    to check his FAQ out. 
      Sarah has a great defensive and offensive potential. To be honest, at a 
    lower level of competition even a button mashing Sarah can go pretty far, 
    although she is likely to be stopped by a button mashing Jacky. However, 
    at a high level of competition, a kick-button mashing Sarah can be easily 
    smattered across the floor. That doesn't mean she cannot handle standing 
    defenders. You just have to know the right way to attack.
      Defensive, or "machi" Sarah can be a great annoyance and a tough problem 
    to many. Despite popular opinion, it IS possible to "turtle" in VF 2. But 
    defensive Sarah's real strength lies in play based on reflexes rather than
      Sarah has many moves, but your strategy should center around 5-8 core
    moves. In short, keep it simple, efficient, and brutal.
    PART I
    Name: Gives description of the move
    Motion: Assuming you are facing right, the symbols correspond to joystick
            like this:
              b/u u f/u           When these notions are capitalized, that means
              b     f             that you should HOLD the joystick in that
              b/d d f/d           direction
              H.d  hold down, or from crouching position
                      G Guard (defense) button
                      P Punch button
                      K Kick button
    Damage: These numbers are in damage points. Depending on difficult setting,
            each player will have 160-220 points of life bar at the beginning of 
            round. The length of life bar depends on difficulty setting. Life 
            bar will be shorter in vs. CPU mode. (between 128-176)
    Frames: Standard time unit in VF2. Each frame is 1/60 second.
    Ex: Execution time in frames
    Co: Coverage time (Hit)
    Recov: Recovery time in frames
    AD: Advantage time in frames.
             What this is:
             So when your opponent blocks this move, you gain this many 
             advantage time in frames.
    Lev: Attack level, H: High, hits standing non defender
              M: Middle, hits standing non defender and crouchers
              L: Hits standing defender and crouching non defender
              n: Hits a standing or crouching non defender
    Foot: Y means you will change your stance after executing this move.
    I.  Speical moves
    Name      Motion        Damage    Ex(Co)   Recov   AD    Lev  Foot
    Mini-      d/f+P         12       12(4)     14    0     H    N
    Axe        d/b+K+G       20       15(3)     22   -3     M    N
    Dodging    d/b+P         14       21(2)     19   -4     H    N
    Double     b+K         10+30    13(1) 19(1) 29   -7    HH    Y
    Round      G+K         20-30      22(2)     26  -7/-4  H/M   N
    Snap       d+K           30       13(3)     30   -8     M    N 
    SnapKick  d+K, K       20+30      13-18(3)  31   -12   MM    Y
    Sidekick     23
    Illusion  d/f+K, K       20       10(2)     36   -17   MH    N 
    Kick           24
    Illusion  d/f+K, K, K    21       18(2)     32   -12   MHH   N
    Kick          24  21                          
    Leg         d+K+G        20       18(2)     36   -17    L    N          
    Elbow       f+P          15       11(2)     19   -3     M    N
    Knee        f+K          30       15(2)     29   -7     M    Y
    Lunging   f, f+K         30       13(5)     36   -14    M    Y   
    Knee       16  
    Rising    H.d, f+K       40       14(6)     40   -18    n    Y
    Rising   f+K, d/f+K      40       50(6)     52   -30   Mn    N
    Knee        16
    Elbow,    f+P, K         25       14(4)     28   -6    MM    Y
    Knee         31
    Flip      u/b+K          50       10(4)   42(48) -20    M    N
    II. Turning Away Attacks
    Name      Motion        Damage    Ex-Co   Recov   AD    Lev  Foot
    Heel     H.d, b+K        20       12(3)    24     -5     H   N 
    Kick,  H.d, b+K, K       20       19(3)    18      1    HH   Y      
    Kick           19
    Away      b, b+P         14       13(3)    14      1     H   N
    Backfist     16
    Hop       b, b+K         30       19(3)    27     -5     H   N
    Kick       16
    Shun-     hold d,b+K,G   0        0(0)      0
    III. Turning Toward Attacks
    Name      Motion        Damage    Ex-Co   Recov   Lev  Foot
    Turn-toward  P           20       9(3)    31     H+    
    Turning      d+P         14       13(3)   22     L
    low punch
    Turning      hold d+P    20       14(2)   34     H
    Turn-toward  K           36       12(2)   30     H
    Hop kick     b+K         36       16(3)   21     H
    Single leg   d/b+K       36       19(4)   33     H
    Mule kick
    Turn around  d+K         36       14(7)   19     L     Y
    Sweep I
    Turn around  hold d+K    36       14(8)   25     L     Y
    Sweep II
    IV.  Punch Combos and Basic Moves
    Name      Motion        Damage    Ex-Co   Recov   AD    Lev  Foot
    Punch            P       10        8-2     10      2     H    N
    Low            d+P       10       10-2      8      4     L    N
    Kick             K       30       12-4     22      0     H    N
    Low            d+K       10       16-2     22    -10     L    N
    Sidekick     d/f+K       19       12-3     38    -20     M    N
    Punch,        P, P       10+10    9-2     11      1     HH   N
    punch          19
    2 Punch,  P, P, K      10+10+30   14-2    28     -6    HHH   N
    Kick       19  21
    3 Punch   P, P, P      10+10+10   11-2     14     -2    HHH   N
                              19  21
    3 Punch   P, P, b+P    10+10+10    9-2     16     -4    HHH   N
    var I      19  21
    3 Punch   P, P, u+P    10+10+10    8-2     12      0    HHH   N
    var II     19  21
    3 Punch,  P, P, P, K   10+10+10+40 14-6    40     -18  HHHH*  Y
    Knee       19  21 26
    3 Punch,  P, P, P, u/b+K  (30)+30 10-4    46(48)  -24  HHHM   N
    FlipKick  P, P, P, b+K
               19  21 26      
    3 Punch,  P, P, P, u+K   (30)+30  15-5     50     -28  HHHM   Y
    Up Kick    19  21 26
    Punch,    P, K           10+30    12-3     23     -1     HH   N
    Kick       19
    Punch,    P, d+K         10+19    12-3     21     -3     HM   N
    SideKick   19
    Kick,     K, P           30+8     22-2     12     -1     HH   N
    Punch      19
    V.    Throw
    Name         Motion       Damage    Recov        Lev  Foot
    Suplex        P+G          50       112           H    N
                            (If the opponent escape, you and your opponent
                            both recover in 60 frames.)
    Clothes     f, f+P         40        81           H    N 
    Line         16
    Back          P+G          60        91        (B)H    N
    VI.  Ground Attack
    Name      Motion        Damage    Ex(Co)   Recov
    Ground     d/f+K         15       18(3)    48
    Low        u+P           30       33(5)    70(44)       
    Pounce                                     (short range)
    High       U+P           40       36(2)    70(44)
    Pounce                                    (medium range)
    VII.   Hurricane Kicks
    Name      Motion        Damage    Ex-Co   Recov   AD    Lev  Foot
    Hopping   u+K           25       20-3     19      3     M    N
    Hopping   u/f+K          25       28-2     23     -1     M    N
    Tornado   u/f+K+G       20-50      28-4     28   -9/-6    H    Y
    VIII. Other Hopping Attacks (Normal hopping moves)
    Name          Motion                Damage ex-co-recov    Level
    Hopping       P while ascending       30   45-6-24         n 
    elbow hammer
    Hopping jab   P while descending      30   51-4-20         n
    Hop kick      K while ascending       30   35-2-21         M
    Hopping       K while descending      20   50-4-18         M
    VIIII. Distance jumping attacks
    Name         Motion             Damage   ex-cov-recov Level
    Overhead     JUMP, for+P          20    83-2-43       M
    hammer         while ascending
    Take-off     JUMP+K               30    17-5-68       M
    Mid-air      JUMP,K               30    10-4
    kick          while ascending
    One-legged   JUMP, for+K          40    79-5-43       M
    drop kick      while ascending
    to the front
    Landing      JUMP, K              30    77-4-10       M
    kick           while descending
    Distance     JUMP, back+K         40    81-4-43       H
    drop kick      while descending
    to the rear
    X. Movement
    Name           Motion       Distance traveled   Exec.
    Forward         f,f           1.1 m               32
    Backward        b,b           1.1 m               33
    Crouch          f/d,F/D       1.1 m               40
    Dash Forward
    Crouch          b/d,B/D       1.1 m               40
    Dash Backward
    XI.Rising Attacks:
    Position                   Motion   Dam/Exec-Co-Recovery
    getting up in place:
      head position: up-away: high K       20/34-8-16
                              low  d+K     20/32-8-18
                   down-away: high K       20/27-7-26
                              low  d+K     20/29-7-26
                    up-close: high K       20/34-6-26
                              low  d+K     20/34-6-26
                  down-close: high K       20/28-8-29
                              low  d+K     20/33-6-21
    twisting away (tap G):
      head position: up-away: high K       20/20-16-24
                              low  d+K     20/15-10-15
                   down-away: high K       20/24-12-24
                              low  d+K     20/15-10-15
                   up-close: high K       20/25-13-22
                             low  d+K     20/15-10-15
                 down-close: high K       20/22-15-23
                             low  d+K     20/15-10-15
    rolling away (tap back):
      head position: up-away: high K       20/17-7-26
                              low  d+K     20/17-7-26
                   down-away: high K       20/17-5-33
                              low  d+K     20/17-4-32
                    up-close: high K       20/19-5-31
                              low  d+K     20/19-4-32
                  down-close: high K       20/17-7-26
                              low  d+K     20/17-7-26
    This section deals with basic mechanisms of VF2. While most of these would
    be old to the netters who have been keeping up with rec.games.video.arcade
    recently, I suggest at least you check out stance section since it has
    informations that are relevant to Sarah.
    These include kicks, punches, knees, etc, and are often categorized by
    their "attack levels" as described in CHIA Jin Ngee's VF2 FAQ. When you
    perform a strike move, the move goes through execution, coverage, and
    recovery stage. You can be hit during execution and recovery stage, or
    during the coverage stage if your opponent's move has bigger hit points.
    If you hit your opponent during his execution phase, it will result in
    major counter, and your move will do 50% more damage and, if your opponent
    gets knocked out, will usually cause your opponent to float higher. 
      This opens a room for Sarah's devastating float combos. Even if you don't 
    go for float combo, it will make your pounce a lot more likely to connect, 
    not only because your opponent gets knocked out longer, but also because
    your opponent's spends more time in the air. Since you can start your 
    pounce before your opponent hits the ground, he will have less time to
    avoid pounce.
      If you hit during his recovery phase, it will result in minor counter,
    and will inflict 12.5% more damage. Attacking your opponent in his recovery
    phase is a crucial part of VF2 play.
    "Safe" Moves
    Also called uncounterable moves.
    These are the moves that have very short recovery time. If these moves are
    blocked, the attacker can recover fast enough to block incoming
    retaliation. Apparently, basic punches and elbow are safe moves.
        Some special moves are safe moves. Others are not. However, "safe"
    doesn't mean that you are invincible using these moves. These moves can be
    interrupted or reversed. When your "safe" moves miss entirely instead of 
    blocked, you can be vulnerable.
        Also fast recovery just means that you have enough time to make right
    move after recovery. If you block high after your "safe" move is blocked,
    you can get thrown or sweeped. If you block low, you can get hit by
    mid-level moves or thrown by Jeff and Wolf. If you back off, your opponent
    can chase you down. If you follow with another attack, the result will 
    depend on what your opponent does.
    Throw is the standard method of attacking a standing defender for Sarah,
    and can be quite effective. You cannot be thrown when:
    1. You are crouching. (If you are not fighting Wolf or Jeff.)
    2. You are airborne.
    3. You are being "staggered."
    4. You are in execution stage of a strike move, but only if you are not
    in the first frame of execution. (The exceptions: dodging punch (d/b+P)
    and Akira's bodycheck. You can throw while these moves are in execution 
    A move that are very useful when you feel a throw attempt coming is low 
    punch (d+P) Against characters like Kage, low punch whenever you feel 
    threatened in close range. (Unless you are fighting Akira.)
    There are block stun and hit stun in VF2. According to Jirawat Uttayaya,
    the length of block stun is calculated as:
    (damage point*2/3)+6
    Maximum block stun: 22 frames
    According to Yupasawa, block stun begins at the moment block is 
    registred. It complicates things greatly. For example, if you block knee
    at the last frame of its execution, knee would be actually uncounterable 
    with punch kick in this case.  Let me quote Yupa on this one:
    Take Sarah's high kick as an example (30/12-4-22). Say you
    are very close, and the kick makes contact with a standing defender 
    on the 13 frame of the attack--the first frame of hit detection. There 
    are still 3 frames of hit detection left for Sarah to go thru, but the 
    block stun has already started. So the "variable recovery" for Sarah 
    is 22+3=25 frames.
    In VF2, damages greater than 30 causes knockdown. Other hits causes hit 
    stun and stagger. The most common move to cause stagger is elbow against
    a crouching defender.
    When you stagger, you are vulnerable for certain amount of time. So after
    you stagger an opponent, you can often follow up with other strikes
    to cause stagger combo.
    The most common type of struggling is mashing of buttons in order to rise
    up quicker after getting knocked down. The other types of struggles include:
    Struggle after getting staggered
    Struggle after getting thrown by Akira's stumbling throw
    Struggle after getting knocked on butt by Akira's palm
    There are number of way to do this. The way I personally do is to hold Guard
    button and move the stick back and forth. Other people recommend rolling
    the stick. That's probably better. Doing so lets you avoid combos like
    Akira's elbow stagger, double kick (struggling after being staggered) combo,
    and Akira's stumbling throw, single jump kick, power uppercut combo
    (struggling after being stumble-thrown)
    What this won't get you out of are fast follow ups like Kage's elbow stagger-
    punch kick combo, and the people who expect you to struggle and throw you
    after staggering you. In that case, NOT struggling can be also
    a solution since you can't be thrown while you are still staggering.
    It was noted even low punch leaves you vulnerable to throw during the first
    frame. Joji Suzuki reported that take off jumping kick is better for the
    purpose of avoiding throw. But you are still not out of trouble. . .
    Low-punching is one of the most basic and useful move in the game.
    It's an excellent move to avoid throw, dodge high attacks, and retaliate 
    fast recovering low attacks. In addition d+G+P doubles as a G+P throw
    for Sarah. Moreover, if you interrupt your opponent's high attack in the 
    second frame of your low punch's coverage time, punch kick will combo. 
    Stance is your feet positioning in relation to your opponent, as outlined
    in CHIA Jin Ngee's VF2 FAQ. But let's just show you the old diagram to
    clarify it once more.
            God's eye view diagram: X represent feet position
        Open stace                    Closed Stance
       Player1  Player2             Player1  Player2
        X           X                 X      X
          X      X                       X      X
    You are in closed stance when you begin each round.
    The FAQ states that it's a lot diffcult to throw when you are in open 
    stance. But seriously, when I play Sarah, I rarely ever worry about stances
    when I want to throw. Her clothesline has built-in forward dash so it's not
    that difficult to throw in open stance. You can also include forward dash
    for G+P, by simply doing motion as f,f+G+P. By doing so I throw almost
    whenever I want. The throws that are most effected by stances are the ones
    that end in backward joystick movement, such as Kage's b+P and Jacky's
    f,b+P+K throws. So when I play Kage, I try to stay in closed stance so I
    can do b+P throw easily. But when I play Sarah, I hardly ever worry about
    stances when I go for throw, although, no doubt, closed stance can help.
    What matters, however, are your kicks. Stances can effect the range of your
    kicks quite substantially. As a rule of thumb, a move that uses Sarah's
    front leg has longer reach in open stance, and a move that uses Sarah's 
    rear leg has longer reach in closed stance. These differences become
    especially important when you go for floating combos. When you go for
    floating combos, you need to squeeze out every cubic inch of your move's
    hit area (or hit volume, whatever).
    Some moves that use rear leg:
     snapkick+sidekick combo (d+K,K)
    Some moves that use front leg:
     low kick(d/b+K)
    Low kick in particular is far more effective in open stance. When in
    open stance, rely on low kick a lot as a defensive weapon.
    There are other occasions where stances are also important, such as 
    when you try to connect your elbow. elbow is a little tricky. Closed 
    stance lets you get closer to your opponent, but in some occasions open
    stance can be a better choice when you try to connect elbow. 
    There are two aproaches to deal with stances. You can try to observe your 
    stance and act accordingly. (Pick the moves or strategy that are more
    suited to your current stance.) Or you can actively switch your stance
    to suit your need. There are many moves you can use to switch your stance
    but for practical purposes, you should stick to one of the three following
    moves: knee(f+K), double kick(b+K), double spinning heel kick.(D,b+K,K)
    Also, you can easily achieve a closed stance by holding forward. Sarah will 
    assume a closed stance before starting to inch forward.
    Also notice a throw, more times than not, switches your stance to closed
    stance (if you were in open stance). Some notable exceptions are Lau's
    stumbling throw and Akira's reverse bodycheck. They switch the player's
    When I checked out movie files from Helsinki tourney, I saw Juri Munkki's
    Sarah facing Chris Ostengard's Lau. I noticed Juri going for many Axekicks,
    and repeatedely missing Chris' crouching Lau. And guess what, they were in
    closed stance.
    Moves Analysis: Sarah's core "special" moves
    Out of many of Sarah's moves, I find the following moves most crucial and
    Snapkick+sidekick combo(d+K,K)
    Knee(f+K), elbow-knee(F+P,K)
    Punch-Kick combo(P,K)
    Yupa also told me to include this:
    Punch-Sidekick combo(P,d+K)
    I will give a quick run down but much of the starategies involving these
    moves are left for COMBOS and TRAPS sections.
    Snapkick+sidekick combo (d+K,K)
    It is a very fast move and has a quite long reach even in open stance.
    This can be one of your main weapon for minor counter and floating combo,
    and "machi" play. A low pounce connects almost always after this move.
    However, if you miss this move or gets this move blocked, you can be in
    Snapkick (d+K)
    A single snapkick is a lot safer than Snap+sidekick combo, and it's safe
    when blocked by Jeff and Wolf. You should use this when:
     1. You are not sure if your kick will connect So use this when your 
       opponent try to close in your kicking range.
     2. You are not sure if the second kick will connect when you used this
             as a part of floating combo.
    Note that this and all other kicks are far more effective when used outside
    of punching range. Inside punch range, your opponent's punch can often
    interrupt your kicks. Outside punch range, and inside your kicking range, 
    is where you want to be.
    Elbow and clothesline (f,f+P)
    ATTENTION! This should be the CORE of your offensive strategy.
    Right, clothesline throw doesn't do much damage. So what you should do is
    to be completely merciless with this and connect MANY of them. OK, Kage can
    TFT you and pounce to take 80 points of damage. Big deal. You just connect
    two clotheslines and now you are even. In fact, Eating multiple clothesline
    in a row can be devastating not only on life bar but also on morale.
       The motion for this throw is easy and simple (f,f+P), and 
    forward dash is built in, so to your opponent your clothesline may seem to
    have a mile range. Advantage of having an easy joystick motion for throw 
    is obvious. Mason Wood, the best Jeff I have ran into so far, showed this
    ambush trick: frontal foot thrust (missed) back+G+P. Many advanced players 
    run in to throw. If they use a command throw, they usually get thrown first 
    as it takes a split second longer than Jeff's b+G+P. If they use dash 
    forward, G+P throw, Mason's Jeff escapes.
      Sarah's clothesline could defeat this trap since it doesn't require 
    additional joystick movements beside dash forward. If you watch out for it,
    you will be surprised how many throw opportunities are there, and how
    many times people whiff their moves. Clothesline's tremendous range allow
    you to punish all these missed attacks easily. Should they recover in time
    and block, they get thrown anyway.
      Another great advantage of this throw is that it doubles as an elbow if
    throw attempt fails. So if your opponent ducks to avoid throw, he will 
    stagger and he is in deep, DEEP trouble.
    Sarah's elbow is special. It does less damage than other people's elbow,
    but recovers faster. It's two primary uses are:
     1. Combo/delay combo with knee
     2. Stagger crouching opponent
    #2 is the primary reason of this move's existent. Sarah's elbow is the
    best elbow to use for this purpose. It recovers fast, and delayed knee
    can be followed for float.
    I will leave the tactics using elbow in COMBO section.
    When in doubt, clothesline.
    I will leave the tactics using knee in COMBO section. Just beware of this
    move's slow execution time and limited range.
    Punch-kick Combo(P,K)
    Sarah's punch is the fastest move in the game, tied only by Kage and
    Pai's punches. This is THE retaliation move against fast recovering moves.
    (That are not "safe") Low pounce almost always connects after punch-kick.
    Another use of this move is to fake out your opponent. More about this in 
    TRAPS section.
    Special Topic: Senbon Punch
    This combo is also the base for infamous senbon punch. hitting P K G in 
    rapid succession will result in punch that has no recovery time, because
    the punch in PK combo doesn't have recovery, and you just canceled kick.
    It's not that easy to do. But if you ever master it, don't use it over
    and over. It's possible to connect one senbon punch and just keep 
    senbon punching until the kingdom comes. It's considered to be extremely
    cheap and phenomenally disturbing, and I won't be surprised if this "combo"
    has caused actua' fist fights in places like in Japan or Taiwan where they
    discovered this trick long before the players in other places did. So 
    don't use this punch in succession, for sake of humanity. What you can do, 
    is try things like (one)senbon punch and throw. But I am not sure if 
    that's worth the trouble for Sarah. What you should try would be to try 
    to use senbon punch as a part of float combos. I have heard of Akira
    players who can connect up to 5 senbon punches after floating.
    Kickflip (u/b+K)
    This is a very important technique for retaliation, float, ambush, and
    machi play. This move is lightening fast (10 frames, faster than elbow), 
    does a mega damage when connected as a major counter (pounce guarranted.)
    and cannot be reversed. Kickflip+pounce is one of the most devasting
    and effecitive retaliating move Sarah has. Be aware of your stance, 
    however. It hits with front leg, thus it works better in open stance.
    One of the most annoying thing is missing a croucher because of wrong
    stance. When that happens even a newbie can make you pay easily. So at
    least get it blocked. Sarah's kickflip recovers faster than Jacky's and
    Kage's. Also note it does incredibly little damage when it hits a 
    crouching defender. Don't go for pounce in that case. Also, if you
    connect it from behind, this move doesn't float much, so pounce is 
    more difficult to connect.
      Some people say that it's quite a dangerous move. But seriously,
    against a good player this is about as dangerous as any other non safe
    move. You just have to know when to connect this. Also know your opponent.
    Using it against Pai, for example, is safer than using it against, say, 
    Kage because blocked kickflip will push Pai farther, making it difficult 
    for her to retaliate effectively.
    Moves analysis: Sarah's secondary moves and combos
    I had a time of contemplation to decide weather or not I should put 
    this moves in "Core Moves"  or "Secondary moves" section. This is an 
    important move because of its very quick recovery time, making you "safe"
    after this move is blocked. It can also float light characters when hit as
    a major counter. But its execution time is not THAT great, doesn't do
    much damage, and its range against a croucher is very short in closed 
    stance, making it vulnerable to fast interrupting moves. The absolute
    worst you can do is just doing b/d+G+K,b/d+G+K,b/d+G+K. . . 
    This is a perfect bait for reversal or major counter.
       And I don't think it's a good game if you need to rely heavily on quick 
    recovery moves that have little strategic value. This is, however, a good 
    opening move that can override many attacks. When it does, it opens a 
    room for quick floating combo. But if your opponent opens up with a
    sidekick, you will end up getting interrupted. instead
       But if you end up interrupting you opponent's opening move, go for
    snapkick-sidekick follow up.(remember you are in closed stance.) It
    does wonders against light opponent and you can follow up a pouce.
    (30+50+30=110 points of damage at the opening of round, ouch!)
    Another nice thing I can say about this move is that it uses front leg.
    So what? It means that this kick is evasive. So if the circumstance
    is right, you can use this kick to dodge a low level attack that's aimed
    at your front leg.
    This move exists because:
    1. It does more damage than clothesline.
    2. You can escape your opponent's G+P throw.
    3. It changes axis, and has a slight ring out potential, you are not going
      to ring yourself out by accident as you can do with clothesline.
    That said, this combo is breakable. So connecting this throw against a good
    player becomes a mind game, and you will be trying to connect suplex when
    your opponent least expects it.
    When suplex is broken, it puts you into an interesting strategic situation.
    You can often connect turn around sweep and pounce. But this tactic breaks
    down when:
    1. Your opponent low punches or low kick. You will end up getting
    2. Your opponent tries other moves that can interrupt your sweep.
      VERY incomplete list of the special moves that can interrupt Sarah's 
      turn around sweep after broken suplex include:
        Akira's dashing elbow
        Shun's cartwheel kick
        Sarah's snapkick-sidekick combo
      When Sarah's G+P throw is broken, both you and your opponent recover 
      simultaneously. So technically any move which execution is shorter 
      than 14 frames can interrupt your sweep.
        You can be in trouble if these moves connect. What you DON'T have to
      worry about are hopping attacks. In my school, people experimented with
      using hopping attacks after breaking out of suplex. But none of normal
      hopping kicks and punches worked as they simply got interrupted as 
      they were about to leave the ground.
    3. Your opponent blocks. I think it SHOULD not be much of problem. But 
      whenever an Akira blocked my Sarah's turning sweep after broken suplex,
      palm connected. Exactly same thing happened when I tried Akira against
      Sarah. It seems I have tendency to use DOWN+K instead of down+K after
      broken suplex. But still I should have been able to block palm. The only
      explanation I have is that when you sweep in an angle, the sweep gets
    So what else can you do beside sweep? 
    1. Run. If you tap f,F (hold the second forward.) You will end up running
      around in circle, and perpendicular to your opponent. If you are lucky,
      you can end up behind your opponent. You will be able to dodge most of
      the attacks this way.
    2. Block. If you expect your opponent to try a non-safe move, you can
      instantly turn and block by hitting D. Note it won't do you much if
      you block dashing palm. But your opponent is in trouble once you block
      cartwheel or snapkick combo.
    3. Hop kick. Here very few people try low-kick or low punch to stop my 
      sweep but against these types, CHIA Jin Ngee suggests you to try f+K.
      (Forward here is the direction you are facing.) It will let you turn
      around with a hop kick, which jumps over your opponent's low punch and 
      low kick. Also, he also suggests you to try turn around low punch (d+P)
      This should get people trying to low block.
    Also, another thing. You can use this throw from crouched position. 
    Some characters like Wolf cannot do G+P throw from crouch. Sarah
    is one of the characters that can G+P throw from crouch. TAKE ADVANTAGE
    of this fact!
      Therefore, doing down+G+P is a pretty good idea. I recommend you to
    use d+G+P instead of d+P to avoid getting thrown. If your opponent
    executes a throw when you are in recovery phase, d+P won't do you much
    good. But if you do d+G+P, you will, at least, be able to escape a 
    G+P throw. And if your opponent is too late, you will end up throwing
    Also try this trick: Hop, G+P as you land. Many non-aggressive players, 
    knowing that you can only do mid-level hopping attack, stand and defend.
    I tried this sucker trick three times against three different players 
    and worked every time. It will cause your opponent to swear, smack his 
    forehead, or bust out laughing depending on what kind of mood he is in.
    Don't try this trick more than once against the same person, though.
    Back throw(G+P from behind)
    Finally this is a Sarah's throw that does significant damage. But
    unfortunately an opportunity to score this throw against a good
    opponent comes once in a blue moon. Some occasions when you can
    connect this throw include:
    -- Your opponent is too happy with turn away moves. But most likely
    they will attack you whenever they see you closing for throw.
    -- When you duck under Kage's catapult kick (f,f+ALL)
    -- When you duck under Wolf's shoulder ram (b,f+ALL)
    -- Your opponent widely misses high pounce and you end up rolling  
    behind him.
    One good thing about back throw is that you can throw croucher with this.
    If you back throw your opponent in his recovery phase, you will inflict
    60+60*0.25=78 points of damage. Which is not bad at all! I have never
    connected a ground kick after this, though.
    Punch sidekick combo (P,d+K)
    Finally Sarah has a sidekick that doesn't have a horrible recovery.
    Sidekick in punch-sidekick combo is in fact the quickest recovering 
    sidekick in the game, tied only by Pai's sidekick. It has no value
    as a floater so you can only use it as a stagger move. Even than, it can
    be an invaluable weapon. 
    Quoting Yupasawa:
    It sets up far many more stagger combos than the elbow does, at least in 
    my case.
      I used to oscillate between elbows and clotheslines as my major attack
    pattern, but with the advent of crouch dashing and primarily better 
    crouching skills (turtling) by good players, the elbow is rendered almost 
    useless. From a crouch, you can stand up before the elbow connects, and 
    the range of the elbow is only half that of the clothesline throw, so 
    it's very difficult to get in that close from the long ranges that I'm
    usually fighting from.
    Kick punch combo (K,P)
    I will mainly quote CHIA's input on this move:
    Quoting CHIA Jin Ngee:
    Against anyone after a heavy high move, the kick floats them and punch 
    keeps them in the air. A knee followed by kickflip or toe kick-side 
    kick are good follow-ups. Though slower than the P, K but use this 
    when the chance comes. Please note that this is a real combo.
    More to add to this move. You cannot delay the punch after the roundhouse
    kick unlike the p, k. So retaliate quickly by tapping k, p as you would
    quickly dish out a p, k. After the k, p, quickly do the motions for the
    follow-up moves. The recovery after the punch is 8 frames! Your follow-
    ups are sure to connect. 
    Two Punches and High sidekick (P,P,K)
    Unfortunately, the kick is blockable even if the first and second 
    punch hit. Kick however has a very long reach, and is an excellent move 
    to beat CPU Jeff and Wolf. It's also a very good move to stop those who
    charge or rush in.
    Three Punches and Kickflip Combo (P,P,P,u/b+K) or (P,P,P,b+K)
    This is a true combo in the sense if the first punch hits, the rest
    of the hits are unblockable. In fact this is the only three punches+a
    move combo that's guarranted to hit all the way. It sounds incredible 
    at first, until you realize that kickflip does less damage (30 points)
    If you hit this as a minor counter you will do 63 points of damage,
    which is not bad. Go for low pounce.
    I haven't used this move much. But CHIA Jin Ngee commented that this
    move should be used when your opponent moves his move an inch away
    from you. (Not an inch on the screen!) In occasions like blocked knee,
    PK is still better. 
    This move sometimes gets those who try to duck under your punches. 
    But it's not too reliable, and you are in deep trouble if it gets blocked.
    For the purpose of nailing duckers, P,P,G,f+P (2 punches, G-cancel, elbow)
    is a lot better move.
    Three Punches and Rising Knee (P,P,P,K)
    Three Punches and Knee combo connects a lot better than it did in VF1
    but knee still can be blocked. Knee is unblockable only if the second 
    punch misses and the third punch hits. Remember Pai's stumble throw of
    doom combo? Pai's crescent kick in pppk connects only if the second
    punch misses and the third punch hits. It's same for Sarah's pppk combo.
    But since Sarah doesn't have a stumble throw to set up for such
    condition, you should use pppk as a part of floating combo. According 
    to Peaking Duck the rising knee hits mid-level in closed stance and H 
    level in open stance. But in any case, it's not a good move to use to 
    hit a croucher. More in the COMBO section.
    Three Punches and Hopkick (P,P,P,u+K)
    It gives you more time to pounce after the combo since its air hang time
    is smaller than the previous combo. It also pushes your opponent farther 
    if it connects. Other than that, its only use is to get a higher rank in
    ranking mode.
    Sidekick (d/f+K)
    Sarah's single sidekick does less damage than any other sidekick in the
    game. It never causes a knock down, except against a staggering opponent. 
    It's small hit rating and slow recovery makes it most dangerous when 
    blocked. However, it's one of the quickest moves in the game, and can 
    cause stagger.
    Triple Kick (d/f+K,K,K)
    This does a very sizeable damage and allows you to pounce IF all three 
    connects. That's the diffificult part. I have never connected triple kick  
    against Pai. And you are in deep trouble if your opponent blocks your
    third kick or duck under it. (Notice that second and third kicks hit
    high.) So I generally don't use it except against heavies as the price
    of getting your third kick blocked can be very high.
    You can use this, however, as a delayed combo trap. You can delay the 
    third kick after the second kick. If your opponent blocked the second
    kick, he will most likely to try to throw you, only to get interrupted 
    by your 3rd kick and go down.
    Quoting CHIA Jin Ngee:
    On the Saturn. The triple kick is the best follow-up after the low punch. 
    I am not sure about the arcade version though. At close range or against
    someone who has intentions to throw you. A low punch interrupts, a triple
    kick immediately after connects. If they crouch anticipating the low 
    punch, the triple kick connects. Sarah is still at an advantage. The 
    first kick is the fastest executing side kick in the game, which explains 
    why it connects after the low punch. The low punch must not miss for this 
    to work.
    Lunging Knee (f,f+K)
    A quick advice is: Don't use it if you are in doubt. It's faster than
    a normal knee. But doesn't really float much and its slow recovery makes
    nearly worthless as a floater. You are in deep trouble if this move
    whiffs or gets blocked. It's especially dangerous against Lau or Pai 
    since they get free pppk floating combo.
    It's main purpose is
    1. Nail the people trying to back off from a close distance. There are
     various situations when you can use this tactic, but can be also
     dangerous. Don't use it much if your opponent plays a char that can move
     quickly. What you have to do is read their game play.
    2. Sometimes elbow stagger staggers people WAY back. It almost looks like
     a teleport. I am not sure what condition causes this but in this case
     lunging knee is the only reliable way to nail stagger combo. Lan commented
     that my elbow stagger and lunging knee as an effecitive tactic. But
     to be honest, I often end up doing this when I don't really intend to do
     it. It's just became a bad habit that's now hard to shake out in heat of
     battle. I am so used to hitting f,f that I often do f,f+P clothesline
     without even thinking. That's good, but this also made me do f,f+K when I
     don't want to do this. Those damn teleporting staggers forced me to tag
     on lunging knee combo and it became a habit. If you can, connecting elbow
     stagger, delayed knee is much, much better since it will allow you to
     float combo.
    3. Nail the people that are stuck vulnerable at a long distance. Let's cite
     some examples. Once I played a Pai player who liked to use f/u+K scissor
     kick. But he had a problem hitting diagonal so he was often awakwardly
     stuck in the air doing straight up hop kick. I just rammed lunging knee
     and pounce. Also once I was fighting Kage and he was a little too
     ambitious with his ground kick (f/d+K) and I was able to escape it clear.
     I rammed lunging knee while he was still recovering from ground kick.
       It's also a very easy way to retaliate blocked kickflip.
    4. As a part of floating combo.
     Knee, lunging knee, pounce is a legimate float combo.
    Hopping roundhouse (u+K) and forward hopping roundhouse (u/f+K)
    In fact these are very useful and important moves. Both are "safe" if
       Two primary uses of these moves are to attack a sweeping/low kicking/
    punching opponents, and set up a trap.
       Let's examine the first use.I often find Akira's low reversal unfair
    since he is the only one he can do it. The ability to reverse low punch
    and low kick, takes a big chunk out of the opponent's crucial arsenal.
    Well, Sarah doesn't have a low reversal. But this hopping roundhouse allows
    you to punish your opponent when you can guess a "safe" low level moves
       A more frequent use of this move is to attack your opponents getting 
    up with a sweep. It's often obvious as many players have habits that are 
    hard to break when they get up. Since many fast character's rising sweep 
    recovers very quickly, going aggressive with forward hopping roundhouse 
    against a rising opponent can be often better way than blocking a rising 
    attack. Sometimes you will guess wrong, or your opponent gets smarter, 
    and try something else. If he just gets up and block, you are "safe". 
    If he gets up with a high kick, he may hit you. Or, he may not and you 
    may end up hitting him anyway. Those who roll to sideways, see you
    coming with hopping round house from FAR away, and execute a high kick
    trying to knock you out tend to goof up timing and get hit while they are
       There are other times when you can guess a low sweep coming,
    such as Jacky turning back with backfist, Sarah doing shun-puri. Note it's
    not worth to use it against Lau or Lion's sweep or other slow recovering
    sweeps. But against fast recovering sweeps like Pai's or Sarah's, it's
    worth trying. Overall, use of this move is just like art of
    reversal. You need to study and learn your opponent's gameplay, and guess
    his next move. Sometimes, guessing your opponent move is not as hard as
    you might think. Even good players are not completely free from their
    tendency to repeat a pattern.
       Don't try this tactic too much since guessing incorrectly can have
    terrible consquence. Akira still has an unfair advantage, since his low
    reversal is a lot safer when missed.
    Another major use for this move is to set up for a trap. Because this
    has slow execution and is a hopping move, many people try to retaliate
    after blocking. Time for kickflip!
    Crescent Kick (G+K)
    Controlled experiment shows that this kick hits crouching defenders in
    both closed and open stance. (Although it may not work against Shun and 
    Lion, I don't know.) So it may be used to get people who try to
    duck under crescent kick. Or may be you can use this as a sucker move 
    against player who try to attack after blocking crescent kick. (This 
    kick is safe if blocked.) 
    Quoting Yupasawa:
    I've had some luck using the crescent after reversing Shun's dances w/
    punches throw. The circular contact area makes this possible. I haven't had a
    change to experiment with all the possible replies that Shun can make, so
    take this suggestion with caution for now.
    (Editor's note: I think Shun can definitely run away/roll away/ 
    dodge away from crescen kick if he choose to. But if he tries some
    thing else, I guess he will get hit.)
    Tornado Kick (u/b+G+K)
    Remember when people thought Akira's power uppercut (AKA Yoho AKA big
    ass uppercut) was useless? Now people discovered uses for this move.
    Sadly, tornado kick still remains as a move that's very useless
    against any player who can fight their way out of a paperbag. This move
    is safe if blocked deeply, so in this case it has a value as a sucker
    move. But most good player will simply duck. You can connect it against
    human players if:
    1. They don't have a clue
    2. They are dashing in for throw.
    Other than that, use it against CPU Lau, Sarah, and Shun. (And of course,
    view this move in replay!!)
    Low sidekick aka shin slicer (d+G+K)
    If you want an one-line advice for this move: When in doubt, don't use it
    against people who know what they are doing. This move knocks down only
    when executed as a major counter and when your opponent has very little
    life. Other times, you are vulnerable to all sorts of retaliations even
    if this move hits.
    A while ago I decided this move sucks against good players and nearly
    stopped using it. But after that I decided to try this moves with more
    discretion and now I think this move is a worthy attention to Sarah's
    arsenal IF you use it carefully. Remember, whenever you use it, you should
    try to connect it as a major counter. One particular case I found where
    this move is very useful is: against Kage's b+G+K. Kage's b+K+G, kickflip
    "trap" is well known. It's pretty easy to see this move coming and duck
    under it. But when I try anything else than blocking or quick throw attempt
    I end up getting kickfliped. I found that going for d+G+K to interrupt
    Kage's b+G+K, kickflip trap works well.
    After you knock your opponent down with this, you can go for either low
    pounce or ground kick. Don't go for high pounce. I usually do ground kick
    for style point, but because your opponent goes face down, head facing you
    (possibly the worst way to get knocked down.) low pounce connects often.
    But low pounce is not still 100% reliable especially if you don't buffer
    this in.
    I heard that in VF Ver 2.1 (A new version that has a very limited
    distribution outside Japan. You can try this version if you have Saturn
    VF2) Sarah's low sidekick is a knockdown move in minor counter, but then
    if you have time to connect this move as a minor counter, why not just
    go for something else? From the way it sounds Sarah has gotten a lot
    worse in VF2.1 and things got easier for turtlers, sigh.
    Downward swipe (d/f+P)
    It's stated that it can stagger crouching defender. But seriously I have
    never hit a croucher with this. It's range seem to be atrociously
    short. It however recovers even faster than elbow so if you ever stagger
    with this you should be able to tag on stagger combo pretty easily.
    Oh yeah, it's one of those moves with slow execution and fast recovery.
    So it can be used as a trap device, I think. But the problem is that 
    many expect you to follow a punch or something else after this move.
    Double kick (b+K)
    It's not as fast as single kick and it's recovery is not so good. For 
    most time you will do this only when you miss diagonal for kickflip.
    It can sometimes used as a part of floating combo but if float hihg enough
    to connect this move , go for something else. You can use it to switch your
    stance. Not much else to say.
    Dodging Punch (d/b+P)
    It was reported that this punch can dodge many attacks like kickflips,
    and hits a standing defender. 
    If you want to use it, always use it to begin a built in punch combo. I 
    guess if someone just stand and defend, you can tag on dodging punch+kick 
    and pounce him. (Which does more damage than either of Sarah's throw.)
    But if he is really skilled he will see this punch coming a mile away 
    and duck. Then, of course, you have dodging punch-sidekick combo.
    Spinning Heel Kick (hold down,b+K)
    Single spinning heel kick lets you turn away and it's the base for 
    Sarah's infamous instant turnaround (more on shunpuri section.)
    Hitting K twice (hold down, b+K,K) lets you do the second heel kick
    that lets you turn back. The combined damage is 30+20=50 points.
    Which is not bad. But since it hits high, punch kick pounce can be
    better UNLESS if you can catch your opponent with this as a major
    counter. In that case, this kick will float and open the room for
    floating combos. A combo that's used quite often is:
      single spinning heel kick, turnaround sweep.
    On major counter, sweep can connect rather easily as they fall down.
    If it doesn't hit as a counter or gets blocked, well, your opponent
    can block sweep. But then sweep is safe when blocked. And this is one
    of few high-low sequences Sarah has (i.e Jacky-style hi-low rush.) 
    Use it when needs arise. Against the light opponents, you may tag up 
    other float combos.
    Turnaway backfist (b,b+P)
    This recovers fairly fast and can stagger your opponent. A good
    way to turn away.
    Turning back hop kick (b,b+K) 
    This kick will let you turn around. Doing the second kick (b,b+K,K)
    will let you do another hop kick to turn back. Both kicks hit high.
    It can float and I have connected both kick in b,b+K,K against light 
    Other than that, not much good thing to say for now.
    Quoting Yupasawa:
    Very dangerous to use, IMO. Because it is a hopping attack, if you get
    interrupted while doing it, the resulting float is one of the highest 
    in the game. Very bad if your opponent is on his toes... My friend Tim's 
    Pai has connected PPP,PPPSweep on me after interrupting this attack 
    with a sidekick.
    Special Topic: Shun puri and folowups
    Shun puri is Sarah's instant turn around move that's done as:
    DOWN, b+K,G
    You begin one turn away spinning heel kick, and cancel this
    kick with G. Other methods of doing this, without crouching first, are:
    It's primary purpose is to set up for Sarah's turn around sweep.
    Sarah's turn around sweep is possibly the best low level special move
    in the game. It's fast, recovers fast, does good damage, and floats
    opponent on major counter! 
    Remember that there are two kinds of turnaround sweeps. down+K and DOWN+K.
    Stick with down+K. Let's say you set up a trap for Akira by doing
    turnaround sweep (blocked), kickflip. If you do DOWN+K and Akira
    goes for dashing palm after blocking your sweep, he will win. But if 
    you do down+K, and Akira blocks it, your kickflip will be faster. In 
    fact, if he tries anything beside just blocking, he will eat kickflip.
    But all good things come with a price. Price for this move is that you 
    must have your back toward your opponent. Shun puri is an execellent 
    device for this task.
    Shunpuri follow ups beside the sweep:
    Turn toward backfist (P, or holdown+P)
    Both of these moves always cause knock down when they connect. It can
    create an impressive floating combo on major counter, but unfortunately
    both of them recover VERY slow. I suggest you to always use PP. That way
    you eliminate recovery time after backfist, and the second punch is safe
    if blocked. In fact, the time commited to PP is shorter than the time 
    commited to a single backfist!
    Turntoward backfist and sidekick (P,d+K)
    Unfortunately Sarah does not have any turn toward moves that hit mid
    level. Knowing this, many people would choose to crouch to block your 
    sweep and duck under your high moves. 
      Against these types, do her turn around punch-sidekick combo 
    (stagger) and follow up. It can wreck havoc against your opponent. Just 
    beware of sidekick's limited range. (more about this in combo section.)
    Turnining low punch (d+P)
    This is a fairly innocuous looking way of turning around. Unfortunately,
    it can be reversed low by Akira.
    High kick (K)
    After you turn around with shun puri, many players try hopping attack 
    trying to knock you out of sweep. In this case, just hit K button for 
    a high kick. 
    Turning around, and just doing sweep and high kick when your opponent
    close in can be quite annoying to your opponent!
    Single Leg Mule Kick (d/b+K)
    This doesn't really offer much advantage over K since this is also a 
    high kick. However, more players will try to block it instead of 
    trying to duck under it since it looks like a middle level move. It 
    seems it's not reversable by Akira. 
    Dashing back toward your opponent
    This is done by:
    Hold Guard,b,b,neutral,Release Guard
    You can also crouch dash backward by substituting b,b with:
    Don't be too predictable on what you do after dashing back toward your
    opponent, since most good players will either anticipate a sweep and
    block, or try a hopping attack.
    Comboing away from your opponent
    I first discovered this in MoaT, and thanks to Yupa for clarifying this
    for me. 
    After you turn around, you can punch AWAY from your opponent by hitting
    G+P. If you do G+P,K, you will punch kick combo away from your opponent.
    Likewise, shunpuri, G+P,P,P,K will let you do pppk combo away from your
    opponent. Also, it works with d+G+P (low punching away from your 
    opponent) and d+G+K (shin slicer away from your opponent.) 
    So what's the use for this? I have no idea. May be you can use this to
    confuse your opponent. (i.e SHUNpuri sorry for bad attempt at humor.)
    d+G+P, however, according to Yupa, can be used to avoid Akira's infamous
    SE-Crouch dash-single palm. More on this later.
    Some people say that turtling is not an option in VF2. This is not
    completely true. What's true is that it's a lot harder to turtle in VF2
    than in most other games. What you should do is: crouch and defend, and
    when you see mid-level moves coming, stand and block. It takes ten frames
    for you to crouch. But you can stand up from crouching position almost
    instantly. It's not that difficult to block sidekicks and knees this way
    and retaliate. What's difficult is blocking elbow, but it can be done
    as well.
    This tactic, of course, breaks down if you are against good Jeffry or Wolf
    players, as they can simply throw you when you are crouching.
    Machi play
    Machi, or "Waiting" play, means that you will never intiate an attack.
    You will wait for your opponent to initiate an attack and will attack
    when your opponent is vulnerable. 
    Turtling is definitely one variant of this. I will add two more categories
    of machi play. They are stationary and mobile machi. Stationary machi
    will put you in a stationary position, and wait for the opponent to get
    closer. You either kick him out of his approach, or anticipating an attack 
    and making him miss by moving back. Three prime kick moves I use for
    stationary machi are :kickflip, snapkick, and axekick.
    When you play mobile machi, you will move back and forth, luring the 
    opponent to attack you and whiff his move. It's fairly easy to shift
    between mobile machi and offensive mode, and can throw your opponent
    off his track.
    You know the infamous throw cheese against CPU characters? You move back,
    and when the CPU opponent closes in, you dash forward and throw. This
    technique surprisingly well against some human players, too, albeit a 
    lot less reliably. (Your clothesline's built in forward dash and its 
    simple joystick command helps here.)
    Getting up
      There are many ways of going down and getting up. But without doubt the
    most common way you can go down is feet-forward-your-opponent-on-your-back.
    In this case, handspring (tap up) and rolling away (tap back) should be 
    two most prepared method of getting up. These two methods of getting up 
    offers you the greatest possibility of avoiding pounce. One obvious problem 
    with kip up method of getting up is that you cannot perform a rising attack. 
    So you are forfeiting (for most cases) your chance of punishing your 
    opponent for missed pounce. Rolling back often put you close to the edge of
    the ring.
      Rolling is preferred, however, when you are pushed toward the edge of
    the ring. Rolling allows your to realign axis so you can avoid ring out.
       About rising attack: When in doubt, don't. If you want to use a rising
    attack against an opponent who is not going for pounce, stick with those
    that are safe. His handspring rising kick (executed by hitting K after
    going down head toward the opponent, on back) is a quite dangerous move
    to use. You can get easily thrown or retaliated if this move is
    blocked. Also, if you are lying perpendicular to your opponent, your
    rising attack won't hit, so don't use a rising attack. Another rising
    attack that's worth mentioning would be her sliding tackle (do d+K
    when you go face down, head away from your opponent.) This has longer 
    reach than her other rising sweeps, but it's recovery is not so good.
       You should go for rolling then rising attacks, however, when your
    opponent is going for pounce. Some pounces like Jeff's bodysplash allows
    you time to nail him after getting up normally. But against most other
    pounces, rising attack is the only reliable way of punishing missed
    pounce. Also most ground attacks have bad recovery time, thus are
    often vulnerable to rising attacks if they miss.
       If you connect a rising attack, go for pounce.
    Quoting Yupasawa:
    The head up and away from opponent rising sweep (in place), along with 
    all the twist away (tapping G) rising sweeps are uncounterable. They can 
    be used to set up a kickflip trap--the kickflip will always interrupt a 
    counter sidekick, but loses to counter punches. Akira's will usually SgPm 
    after blocking a rising sweep. The SgPm will interrupt a kickflip, but if 
    Sarah blocks, she can counter it with a PK-pounce.
    Crouch dashing
    Crouch dashing became a popular subject after #4 Akira from Taiwan 
    demonstrated how effective it can be. The orthodox way of performing
    crouch dash is:
     f/d,F/D(hold at F/D)
     b/d,B/D (hold at B/D)
    The amount of crouch dash can be controlled with G-button. It can be
    a dangerous tactic to use if you are not careful, since you can get
    easily staggered during crouch dash. So for Non-Akiras, crouch dash
    is primary a defensive manuever as it would allow you to duck under
    high moves and open throw opportunities as you retreat.
    It is also a good device to set up for shun puri.
    For Sarah, crouch dash backward, shun-puri, sweep can be a good
    defensively-offensive manuever. One offensive use of crouch dash is 
    crouch dash forward, G+P throw (Remember that you can execute G+P throw
    from crouched position?)
    Oki Zeme
    Oki Zeme is the art of attacking downed opponents as they rise up.
    Two primary Oki Zeme moves are Sarah's hopping roundhouse and clothes 
    line. The former attacks people rising with a sweep. The latter attacks
    everyone else, although it's a lot tougher to attack people who do not 
    get up with a rising attack. Other two moves that I have used with success 
    are lowsidekick and axekick. The latter works against a sweeping opponent 
    if you position yourself perfectly. (Remember that axekick can dodge
    a low level move?) 
    Just remember that many rising attacks are safe if blocked. So make them
    miss or interrupt their attacks. Jacky's rising sweep, kickflip is
    a well known trap.
    COMBOS. . . COMBOS. . .
    Combo is a crucial part of Sarah's strategies, and great equalizer against
    other heavy hitters. Did Akira just SPoD you to take 70% of energy in 
    blink of an eye? Big deal, you can do the same thing, but you need to combo. 
    The easiest and the most used combo, without doubt, is a-move-that-knocks-
    down+pounce. A low pounce connects so often that it's not even funny, and 
    many people complain that Sarah/Jacky is cheap because their pounces. So 
    is it cheap? Well, it's cheap if you take the classical definition of 
    cheapness: something that's easy to do and difficult to counter. Against 
    low level competitions, or in a very friendly match, sometimes I forfeit 
    pounces. But I don't think it's cheap in the sense that it's unbalancing. 
    (i.e Ukyo in SS2) Even characters like Lion has moves that guarrantees 
    high pounce afterward. And Sarah lacks versatility and sheer power found 
    in some other characters.
    Here, I would like to distinguish between "combo" and "sequence." Many
    "combos" can be broken by one way or another. However, assuming the first
    move connects, you cannot break combos by blocking. For example, you can
    break Akira's reverse bodycheck-sidekick-dashing elbow combo by doing 
    backsweep after sidekick. But you cannot break this combo blocking. 
    In contrast, things like Sarah's lowkick-spinning heel kick-sweep are
    "sequences." Even if the low kick hits, you can block the succeeding kick
    and sweep.
    Basically, beside pounce "combo" there are three types of combos in VF2.
    They are built-in combo, stagger combo, and float (juggle) combo.
    There is another type of combo that I would like to call setup combo.
    Some examples are Akira's break stance combos and Pai's stumble throw
    of doom. (stumble throw, P (miss) P (miss) PK (punch and crescent)) But 
    I can't think of any Sarah combo that falls into this last category.
    Of course, many of the combos are hybrid combos that mix stagger, float, 
    and built in combos. I am classifying Sarah's combos with the moves that 
    initiate each combo.
    Built In Combos: (AKA hardwired combos)
    These combos are chains of moves that are programmed into the game. When
    you do ppp, each punch has execution time, but no recovery time (except for 
    the last punch). Since each punch creates longer hit stun than the 
    succeeding punch's execution time, all the three punches in ppp will hit 
    if the first punch hits. (Assuming that your opponent is not airborne.) 
    Not all the built in sequences are unbrekable like this, however. 
    The built-in sequences that are unbreakable:
      p,d+k (punch, sidekick combo)
      ppp,b/u+k (Three punches and kickflip)
      d+K,K (snapkick-sidekick)
      d,b+K,K (two spinning heel kicks)
      F+p,k (elbow knee combo)
      punch-kick and elbow-knee combo almost always guarrantees a low pounce.
    Stagger Combos:
    There are certain moves that causes stagger, creating opening that you
    can exploit by following up other moves. The moves that can stagger are:
      Move         Condition                Stagger amount(If struggle)
      elbow        Opponent is crouching,            41(35)
                   not a counter
      sidekick     ditto                             ditto
      punch-side   ditto                             ditto
      kick combo
      turn away    Opponent is standing,             29
      backfist     not a counter
      downward     ditto                             ditto
    Note: Remember that sidekick recovers very slow (38 frames) It's difficult
    to follow up anything after sidekick. Punch sidekick combo, on the other
    hand, is a different story.
      Note that turning backfist staggers. So b,b+P,d+K works nicely as a 
    stagger combo if b,b+P staggers. Also, since turning toward backfist causes
    knockdown, b,b+P,P,P,K works as stagger-float combo.
    So let's summarize most often used stagger combos:
      elbow, knee, float combo
      elbow, G-cancel, lunging knee, pounce
      elbow, G-cancel, triple kick, pounce (not recommended against lights)
      elbow, G-cancel, kickflip
      elbow, elbow-knee
      elbow, d+KK
      elbow, PK
      elbow, PPPKickflip
      punch-sidekick, kickflip
      punch-sidekick, snap-sidekick,pounce
      turnaway BF, turntoward BF,down+K(sidekick stagger),
        snap-sidekick, pounce 
    The first combo is very, very important, as knee after elbow can float 
    extra high, enabling you many float combos that normally doesn't work.
    (Such as connecting knee,snapkick-sidekick against Akira. You can even
    float combo Wolf this way!)
    The last combo deserves some elbaroation. This combo does wonders against
    good players who expect a turn around sweep coming, and does great damage.
    (Thanks to CHIA Jin Ngee for his pointer.)
    You can of course use other means to turn around then use turning BF+
    sidekick combo. But I find the first BF kinda telegraphs, tricking the 
    opponent to crouch, and the second BF's animation blends with the first BF
    so it doesn't look so obvious. Mixing it up with turnaway BF, sweep, can
    really throw off your opponent, and both punch-sidekick and sweep are safe 
    if blocked.
    I shall call this combo Don't Hate Me Because I am Beautiful Combo ;)
    The greatest pitfall, though, is that it seems the opponent can struggle 
    out if the sidekick connects in the first frame of its coverage phase.
    If you can connect kickflip after punch-sidekick stagger, go for it. 
    Kickflip is impossible to escape if your opponent is in range.
    Float Combos:
    In many occasions, you can follow more strikes after knocking down your
    opponent while he is still airborne.
    Moves with float potential (for most cases, these moves must interrupt.)
      a single kick
      hopping roundhouse
      spinning heel kick
      turn around sweep
      turn around hop kick
      turn toward backfist
    And, a move that can float almost anytime anywhere if it hits:
      knee (or elbow-knee combo)
    Knee may not float much if it hits a croucher. elbow knee partially
    fixes this problem.
      Against non heavies, you should almost always go for a float combo 
    after knee or elbow knee connects. The difficulty is in deciding which move
    to execute. It depends on stance, your opponent's weight, and other 
      Let's examine the issue of stance. When you knock down an opponent 
    with knee, examine them as they go down. They stick up their front leg 
    high and rear leg low as they go down. So you have better chance of
    scoring float combo if you aim at their front leg instead of the rear leg.
      Stance doesn't matter much if you float your opponent really 
    high. But otherwise it becomes important. You need to hit that front
    leg which your opponent graciously sticks up high for you!
      In open stance, your front leg is aligned with your opponent's
    front leg. So use a move that uses a front leg. In closed stance, your
    rear leg is aligned with your opponent's front leg. So use a move that 
    uses a rear leg if you are in closed stance.
      Remember that kickflip uses your front leg. And snap kick uses your rear
    leg. Since knee switches your stance, go for knee(or elbow-knee) kickflip 
    combo if you are in closed stance, and go for knee(or elbow-knee) snapkick 
    pounce combo if you are in open stance. If you are against light characters 
    and, and you are initially in open stance (remember, knee changes your 
    stance to closed stance), go for knee(or elbow-knee) snap-sidekick and 
    pounce. Stance is also critical when you want to connect pppk after knee.
    Combos like elbow-knee and elbow-knee is possible against Sarah and Pai.
    major counter knee, knee is also possible against non heavies. If it was
    a perfect world for Sarahs, we would be able to combo again after second
    knee. But VF2 programmers were smarter than that, and programmed it so
    the second knee send the opponent in a lot more shallow angle, so it's
    difficult to connect anything beside pounce after second knee. Against
    Pai or Sarah, Pakorn Pongpaet reported it's possible to follow up kickflip 
    or other moves after knee, knee, at least on Saturn. But we are yet to 
    confirm these combos on arcade machine.
    Note, it IS possible to float-combo heavies, but you need to connect knee 
    as a major counter. Or at least connect knee after stagger. If you do, 
    don't hesistate to float combo. I can attest that I have connected many 
    elbow-knee kickflip or elbow-knee snapkick combos against Wolf.
    Against other moves that float, well, again you need to consider your 
    stance and decide which move to use. 
    So let's summarize float combos: This list by itself won't be TOO helpful
    if you don't know conditions, and some combos are clearly more effective
    than others. Anyway it should aid you in your quest to discover Sarah's 
    full potential. I strongly suggest you to check out Pek's Sarah Floating 
    Combo FAQ for more extensive research into this subject.
    knee, kickflip
    knee, snap-sidekick, pounce
    knee, elbow-knee,kickflip
    knee, elbow-knee,pounce
    knee, lunging-knee, pounce
    knee, pppk
    knee, low-punch, pounce
    knee, low-punch, rising-knee, pounce
    knee, low-punch,shunpuri, sweep
    knee, triple kick, pounce
    hopping roundhouse,kickflip
    hopping roundhouse, snap-sidekick
    turning around sweep,kickflip
    turning around sweep,snap-sidekick, pounce
    turning around sweep, elbow-knee, pounce
    axekick,snap-sidekick, pounce
    For the combos which I didn't elbarate in detail, just keep the stances in
     One combo that needs elaboration is Knee, triplekick combo.
     Try this combo in closed stance (since triplekick has better range in
    open stance.) If you just do f+K,f/d+KKK, you will get a ground kick or
    even double knee.
    To avoid this, after f+K, move joystick to f/d and HOLD it there for a 
    while, and as you recover from knee, hit K button.
    G-cancel (Guard Cancel)
    You can use guard button to cancel a sequence that's in progress. For
    example, if you push P, P, K, you will get, of course, a PPK sequence.
    But let's say you want to two punches and knee. If you just do 
    P,P, f+K, fast, you may get PPK combo instead. Pushing 
    G button after two punches, i.e P, P, G, f+K lets you do two punches
    and a knee without a problem.
    So G-cancel is technique of using G-cancel to stop built in combos so
    you can vary your moves more.
    Another good example of G-cancel is elbow stagger, G-cancel, kickflip
    combo. If you just do elbow,kickflip, you are likely to get some
    unnecessary delays because of lingering knee combo pontential.
    G-cancel simply stops elbow(knee) combo and leaves you free to follow
    elbow with whatver kick moves.
    There is another valid definition of G-cancel, however. You can use
    Guard button to stop a kick or dashes. (Refer to senbon punch
    and shun puri section.) You can cancel most of kicks that leave one leg 
    on the ground and do not involve spinning motion. Stopping dashes in 
    middle of them using G button allows you more precise distance control.
    Combos to use after blocking a move (retaliation combos)
    Remember, attacking your opponent after blocking "unsafe" move is
    a crucial part of Sarah's strategy. Here it's assumed that you block
    your opponent moves. Some moves, such as Lau and Pai's crescent kicks
    are safe when blocked, but leaves them wide open when missed.
    Level 0 recovery moves: (Safe moves)
     Either make them whiff, interrupt, or try to guess your opponent's next
    Level 1 Recovery moves:
     Quick recovery moves
     punch-kick, pounce (13+30+30 or 13+30+23)
     3 punches and kickflip (13+10+10+30)
    Level 2 Recovery moves:
     kickflip and pounce (63+30(23))   *High pounce may connect
     triplekick and pounce (24+30(23))  recommended against heavies
     elbow-knee and combo               against non-heavies
    Level 3 recovery moves:
    (Very slow recovery moves)
     Any of the above
    Also known as "sucker move". This is a fine art of psychological play to
    break your opponent's defense and create a major counter.
    Your opponent will try their darnest to find an opening in your lightening
    fast wave of attacks.
    Sarah's speed allows you to feint an opening by doing some moves that seems
    to leave you vulnerable. Your opponent will let their defense button go, to
    try to attack thinking they have an opening, but only to walk into your
    ambush. Good moves to set up ambushes are the ones that are slow in 
    execution but fast in recovery. Complete ambush with quick, powerful 
    Some common moves to set up an ambush:
      Hopping roundhouse
      Tornado kick (risky)
      3 punches
      single high kick
      Turning attacks (b,b+k or b,b+p)
      low kick
      single or double spinning heel kick (DOWN, back+k)
      Just run into the throw range and linger there for a fraction of second.
      Safe rising sweeps
      punch-sidekick combo 
    Some common moves to complete ambush:
      delayed knee combo after elbow
      snapkick+sidekick combo
      punch kick combo
      3 punches and kickflip combo
    The most common move is PKG. Unlike senbon punch, you let your opponent
    see the kick coming, then RETRACT it with guard. Many will inevitably
    either stand and try to block, or try to duck under your kick. Good
    follow up is a clothesline, which will throw a stander and will stagger
    Quoting Yupasawa:
    I oscillate between punch-sidekick (P-SK) and PKG-throw. If I'm confident
    that my opponent will be a standing defender if he blocks a punch, I use 
    the suplex. It does more damage than the clothesline. If I'm fighting 
    someone who has conditioned himself to crouch defend or low punch (d+P+G) 
    when he sees a punch, I use the P-SK more. Note that no4, Lan Bui and 
    maybe a couple of Lion players are the only opponents that I've fought 
    who've ever done this consistently. If I'm less confident of what my 
    opponent's state will be after they see a punch, I use PKG,[f],f,f+P, and 
    I'm back to the basic elbow/clothesline pattern as before, but now I'm 
    much more confident that I won't whiff the elbow, because the senbon 
    moves you closer by itself.
    "Akira, your waiter."          --The Simpsons
    Level 0 Moves:
      Dashing elbow
      Power uppercut (Yoho)
    Level 1 Moves:
      Single palm (Safe in close range)
    Level 2 Moves:
      Double Palm
      Single kick
      Turn around sweep (elbow combo or kickflip)
    Level 3 Moves:
      Double Kick
    Sarah's Moves which Akira can reverse:
       High punch
       High kick
       Snap Kick
       Axe Kick
       Turn toward backfist
       Turn toward kick
       Low kick
       Low punch
       Low turning punch
       Low sidekick (shin slicer)
    Tactical analysys against Akira's moves:
      Okay, there are lots of guessing games going on when you fight a good
      If you get caught by Akira's f+G+P: You should be able to block
      anything Akira follows up with by just holding block. But some Akiras
      will try another throw after this.
      If you get caught by surprise exchange: Running will let you avoid
      double kick, bodycheck, knee, and uppercut Akira throws at you after 
      surprise exchange. There is no escape from Akira's double palm and 
      super dashing elbow if he buffers the motion. If he didn't buffer 
      the motion, turning punch has a potential to interrupt his double palm
      and super dashing elbow. It works well sometimes since many
      Akira grow lazy with their double palm, thinking they are invulnerable
      doing double palm. But then you are gambling with a high risk here.
        Some Akiras, when they expect you to run, RUNS after you, ready to
      hit you as soon as you stop running. There is no clear cut way to 
      escape Akira in this case but I will try a turning punch. 
      If you get caught by reverse bodycheck or 2/3 SPoD, you basically
      have to play a guessing game. 
      Akira tries: Ticketed and towed combo (reverse bodycheck, 
      sidekick, dashing elbow)
      You: sweep. You will interrupt his elbow and he is dead.
      Akira tries: bodycheck
      You: dash forward and when his bodycheck whiffs, sweep.
      Akira: waits after sidekick to make your sweep miss
      You: run away
      Akira: tries hopping kick after sidekick
      You: turnaround high kick, combo and he is dead.
    Against Akiras who dashing-elbow all day:
      These are in fact easy meat. After blocking one elbow, punch kick and
      pounce. elbow-knee and combo, or kickflip and pounce.
    Against Akiras who are always on your face and mixes up reversals:
      One of the most annoying thing is those Akiras who elbow-low reverse-
      elbow-low reverse. . . You can't elbow-knee out these people. Your chance
      lies in knee and sidekicks. But then he may try something else. Your best
      counter against these types is to play distance game so you can clothes-
      line them away after missed elbows.
    Against Akiras who try to play a distance game with you:
      One word: Clothesline
      For some examples of this type of play against Akira, check out Juri's
      movie from Helsinki tourney at Lars Sorensen's VF home page. If he 
      knows what he is doing, he wants to get onto your face and bog you down 
      at punch range. He has a vast advantage at a very close range where his 
      missed low and midlevel reversal can hit you as a low punch. Don't make
      him do this, keep him away!
    Against Akiras who plays "machi" or mobile "machi".
      Mobile machi Akiras move back and forth and lure you to make your
      move. When they see you trying to get close to throw, they will launch
      dashing elbow. If they are not good at what they are doing, it will
      be missed elbow-clothesline fest. If they really know what they are
      doing, your throw attempts will result in major counter dashing elbow
      float+combo. Be patient when you fight these types. Against these types,
      playing machi yourself can be a solution.  
    Playing stationary Machi against good Akiras:
      One of the problems against playing machi against a real good Akira is
      that he can reverse high most of your useful attacks. I had a fair 
      amount of success against AKiras by snapkicking and axekicking them
      whenever they entered kicking range. But then eventually they began to
      reverse. Knee is not a good move to use for this purpose, and missing
      your lunging knee and kickflip can be devastating against a good Akira.
      If you can outplay guessing game (i.e. kick when he is actually 
      trying to attack. kickflip when he is trying to reverse, etc.) go for
      it, but if it doesn't work out, go back to distance play.
    Against Akiras who crouch dashes to control distance and really knows what
    he is doing:
      Okay, currently #4 Taiwanese Akira and Lan Bui falls into this category.
      This can be a tough fight if he really has good reflexes, and #4's 
      ability to take 80-90% of life bar with one throw definitely doesn't
      help. It's tough, no doubt, but is not impossible, as err is human and 
      everyone makes mistakes. I actually beat #4 once 3-2 during warm up day. 
      (After God knows how many losses. . . One round ended as ring out when 
      he missed his pounce and I kicked him out of the ring with d+K,K) He
      was clearly better than me and there is no way I can reproduce this
      accomplishment on any regular basis. But the principle stands: study
      your opponent, and when your opponent makes a mistake, make him pay.
      AND constantly vary your tactics!
    Special Topic: Some more tidbits about #4:
      It is reported that Akira's surprise exchange and crouch dash+palm
      can be avoided if you just down+G+P. Also it's speculated that
      be able to trip him if she dash forward (no need to crouch dash) and 
      sweep. I haven't
        tried neither since I was unaware of them. But then you are still in
      trouble if he decides to try deep bodycheck instead. You should be able
      to run away from this, however. But if you try to run away and he does
      crouch dash+palm, you receive mega damage and he can connect dashing
      elbow after palm. So again, it becomes a guessing game.
        There was also a discussion about making bodycheck miss with stance.
      I did confirm myself that bodycheck from behind, at close range, does 
      not connect at all if Akira and his opponent is in open stance. So 
      theoretically, Akira's surprise exchange and deep bodycheck will miss 
      if you can quickly change your stance. This does not concern Sarah much
      since she can run away, unless, of course, you are cornered and have no 
      where to run.
    Traps to watch out for:
        Dashing elbow, bodycheck
      This trap needs some elaboration. Not many Akiras use this combo, except 
      in my school where this combo kills good players on regular basis. I don't 
      know the detail but Joji's Akira FAQ states bodycheck comes out faster if
      it's buffered during elbow. Basically, it kills anyone who tries to elbow
      or kickflip after blocking dashing elbow. Punch kick and magic throw bug
      (throwing when bodycheck is in execution) should stop this, right? In
      fact, no one in CMU, as far as I know, was able to interrupt the buffered
      bodycheck with throw. Strange but true. 
    Level 0 Moves:
        All the backfists
        Axekick (b+K)
    Level 1 Moves:
        Bitch slap (P+K)
        Elbow-heel kick combo (f+P,K)
        Punt Kick (f,f+K)
    Level 2 Moves:
        Punch-sweep combo, backfist-sweep combo
    Level 3 Moves:
        Low sidekick (shin slicer.)
        Spinning midlevel kick (b,f+K+G)
        Crescent kick-sweep combo
    *Some* of the traps to watch out for:
            low backfist, kickflip
            low backfist, whatever
            kick, delayed heel kick
            elbow, delayed heel kick
            high backfist, delayed low backfist
            high backfist, spinning mid kick
            rising sweep, kickflip
    Case Study: Jacky's newbie elbow combo rush
      It's distrubing to see a Jacky newbie winning a match by just doing
      punch-punch-elbow until ring out. Just block an elbow and punch kick.
    For every one else:
    When I block (or get hit by) Jacky's low sidekick, I usually go for
    snap-sidekick since triple kick rarely ever connects.
    Beware that his turnaround sweep is safe when blocked. All other 
    sweeps (beside rising sweeps) leave him vulnerable when blocked.
    After beating an Akira in Toronto tourney, I was beaten to pulp by
    Sitson Lee's Jacky. What can I say? Jacky is master of traps and ambushes.
    My strategy centers around punishing whiffped attacks with clothesline.
    It works well against even the best Akiras. But when I tried this against
    Sitson's Jacky, his delayed combos and traps got me again and again.
    This completely frustrated me and put me into brainlock, and made me 
    goof up a few blatantly obvious retaliation opportunities.
        Mason told me this. "I never had fought really good Jackys before. 
    So when I was fighting a Jacky, I kept thinking, 'There is my chance. 
    . . no, it may be a trap! There is my chance. . . no, it may be a trap!"
    I couldn't agree with him more. 
        So the best advice I can give you is: be patient. Look out when he 
    goes for low backfist and elbow. Those two are very common Jacky traps. 
    All Jacky needs to tilt the tide of round is one major counter kickflip 
    and pounce. But, well, his kickflip and pounce can be devastating, but 
    so are yours! Make him pay when he whiffs moves that are not traps! 
    (Such as his sweeps combos.) His high backfist and spinning mid kick 
    is another of his many traps. But if you block his spinning mid kick, 
    he is a toast!
    CHIA Jin Ngee wrote:
       Stay the hell away from Jacky. Play extremely machi. Not blocking but
       staying away from him.  You need tons of ring space to fight Jacky. Make
       him miss everything he bring up. Tempt him come close and catch him in 
       the midst of his moves. He is not really the distance fighter he is and 
       is second to Lau in closing in.
    Quoting Yupasawa:
       Most Jacky's rely heavily on mixing up low backfists and elbows--try to 
       stay just out of range of both and punish whiffed attacks. Remember that 
       his elbow *is* counterable with a PK. Capitalize on elbow stagger combos 
       after blocking a combo that ends in a sweep. i.e. elbow (stagger)-punt 
       kick-side kick or elbow(stagger)-PPPKickflip are good. *Always* low 
       punch after blocking a low backfist--it interrupts any followup that 
       Jacky could attempt, including sweeps and kickflips. Pay very close 
       attention to his PPP vs. his PPE combos. The PPP recovers incredibly 
       fast, opening you up for a kickflip interrupt if you block it and try 
       to counter with a slower attack. The PPE can be followed by a delayed 
       heel kick combo that is also very nasty. Be wary of attacking twisting 
       rising sweeps (tapping G to get up) Their recovery is very quick, 
       just like Sarah's, so a kickflip trap is very easy to fall into. 
          If you're fighting an aggressive Jacky that likes to use that
       tactic, stand and block the kickflip, and punish him with a punt-side 
       kick. Remember that you can counter the elbow with a PK. 
    Level 0 Moves:
            turn around sweep
            hopping round house
            punch-sidekick combo
    Level 1 Moves:
    Level 2 Moves:
            Snapkick+sidekick combo
    Level 3 Moves:
    Traps to watch out for:
            Turn toward backfist, sidekick stagger combo
            elbow, delayed knee
            delayed triple kick
            turnaround sweep, kickflip
    Going against another good Sarah can be an INTENSE experience, as
    differences in one or two frames can decide who gets clotheslined or
      Her sheer moving speed, range of clothesline, and devastating combo
    potential spells a tough match for both "machi" and offensive players.
      If at all possible, make her whiff her moves or at least get blocked.
    When I say blocked, just standing there and defending obviously is not
    the way. You should try to out-play her distance game. I in fact have
    greatest trouble against the players who are skilled enough to make me
    pay when I whiff my moves. This problem can be partly solved by using
    "machi" type play. 
    Against Sarah who always punch in G+P after elbow-knee combo, I 
    sometimes kickflip after blocking elbow-knee when I feel extra 
    adventurous. Don't push your luck by repeatedly kickflipping after 
    blocking  elbow-knee, though. 
    Quoting Yupasawa:
    PK-pounce is the preferred counter after blocking an elbow-knee, IMHO. 
    Sarah can't counter a blocked EK with another EK. I cringe everytime I
    see an exchange of 2 blocked EK combos like that, even though I'm 
    guilty of doing it myself... I think this is important enough to make 
    mention of it in the FAQ, because blocked EK comboes are one of the few 
    openings good Sarah players will give you. You must capitalize on them.
    Level 0 Moves:
      lunging fist
      singe low kick (d+K)
      single hop kick (u+K) and double jop kick (u+K,K)
      various poking attacks
      All turn away moves
      Turn toward sweep
    Level 1 Moves:
    Levle 2 Moves:
      Swing arm (u+P)
      spin forward mid kick (f,f+G+K)
    Level 3 Moves:
      sweep (d+G+K)
      spin forward sweep (f/d+G+K)
      double low kicks(d+K,K) (Don't retaliate with knee or elbow knee!)
      hand stand double kick (d,d+K)
    Traps to watch out for:
            single low kick, delayed spin kick
            single low kick, delayed low kick
            u+K (missed) delayed combo
    Against Scrub Lions:
        If you don't know how to beat a Lion who does d+K,K like mad, then
      I suggest you to check out beginner's FAQ first before reading this. 
    If you get thrown by his frontal piggyback throw, kip up kip up kip up!
    Watch out when he knocks you down perpendicular to him and runs you
    over using his lunging fist. Don't use a rising attack in this case as 
    it won't hit. He will have his back toward you, ready to sweep you. 
    Just rise and block low.
      Against crouching and non-defending Lion, your elbow will whiff in
    either closed or open stance. Against crouching and defending Lion,
    Your elbow will connect only in OPEN stance. But seriously, against
    a good Lion you will rarely have chance to just walk up to him and
      The best Lion I ever run into was BigCat whom I met in the Toronto
    tourney. Utilizing Lion's speed, he outplayed my distance game and I
    just could not figure out the way to catch him. I feel sorry that his
    Lion ended up fighting tough competititors at the beginning and was
    knocked out early. He was clearly a much better player than I was.
    Quoting Yupasawa:
    Good Lion's can be absolutely annoying. If they're
    playing a hit and run game, try to lure a missed side kick or peck by
    usingG-canceled backward dashes. Most importantly, forget about trying 
    to use Sarah's elbow. It very hard to connect, and Lion will just look 
    up as Sarah does her elbow-knee combo over his head while he's crouching. 
    Instead, concentrate on using hook kicks and the punt kick. 
      It's not that bad an idea to turn Sarah's back to Lion at *long* 
    range. Lion's will be tempted to use a lunging attack to get at Sarah
    --all of which can be interrupted with Sarah's turn toward backfist 
    combos, or you can dash away, just out of range from the lunging attack, 
    and then punish him with a sweep and float combo. 
      Against a hit and run Lion, you should pressure him. This type of Lion 
    will usally sidekick and then dash back a lot. Counter the sidekick by 
    dashing forward yourself. Cut off the ring by moving forward as he tries 
    to run away. Force him to use his dodges to regain his mobility.
    Level 0 Moves:
      Knifehand (d/F+P)
      Upward Knifehand (D,d/f+P)
      Snapkick (f+K)
      Hopping Cartwheel kick (f/u+K)
      Hopping sidekick (f/u+K+G)
      2 punches and Kick (PPK)
      Crescent Kick (K+G)
    Level 1 Moves:
      Sliding tackle (f,d+K)
      Back kick (D,neutral+K)
    Level 2 Moves:
      Sweep (d+K+G)
    Level 3 Moves:
      Punch Kick combo (P,K)
      3 Punches and Crescent (PPPK)
      3 Punches and Sweep(PPP,d+K)
    Traps to watch out for:
            p, delayed kick
            pp, delayed kick
            m-UpKnP, delayed m-UpKn
    If you get thrown by Lau's G+P, the best way to escape his double pounce
    altogether is to roll forward by tapping away from Lau. But most good
    Laus stomp instead, which is nearly impossible to escape.
    Learn to block Lau's sliding tackle. It's one of the critical skills you
    should acquire when dealing with a good Lau. Don't try hopping round
    house as a reversal, it won't work. So what should you do after blocking
    his tackle? Elbow. If it staggers, combo.
       When you block his sweep, kickflip.
       If you get knocked down by sliding tackle, kip up kip up kip up!
    Case Study: Newbie Punch rush.
       The easist way to nail those newbies who rush in with punches, punches, 
       and punches is to use low sidekick to land them on their face. Shun
       puri and sweep also works very well if you can get their punch whiffed.
       If you are outside their punching range and they close in from there
       with punches, snapkick+sidekick combo works well.
    Special Topic: Lau's Infamouse m-UpKn rush. 
       Welcome to Hell. Sarah is in significant disadvantage here. She is light.
       She can't reverse. She cannot dodge to avoid ring out. She doesn't have 
       fast safe long range moves that she can use to keep Lau at bay.
       And one mistake is enough for Lau to float you all the way to the Moon
       using KI style MOOOONSTER COOOOMBOOOOO!!.
        For those who haven't seen m-UpKn rush, it goes like this: UpwardKnife-
       punch-UpwardKnife-punch... If you crouch, you get hit by UpwardKnife. 
       If you stand up and defend, you keep getting pushed back.
         You try to attack and you can get easily interrupted by UpwardKnife. 
       And it's gameover for you. So why can't you time a countermove? You can,
       but easily said than done, as block stuns take away most of the openings. 
         But it must be done. Don't ever try to charge in for throw unless you
       clearly see an opportunity like whiffped elbows. (That's exactly how I
       kept getting killed.)
         Smarter Laus mix up elbow, sidekick, and sliding tackle with rush. 
       All of them can, given right circumstance, can float you and kill you
       anyway. If at all possible, block one of the three moves listed above,
       and go for f,f+P. Even smarter Laus know how to mix up throw and this
       can be a complete nightmere as you can't even defend. And watch out
       for Lau's rushing knife (f/d,f/d+P) Some rushing Laus use this to cover
       distance so he can keep rushing. It's possible to interrupt this
       rushing knife.
    Let me quote some other people on this subject:
     Mike Tsui, a Jacky player, wrote:
       One lesson I learn when playing against rushing Laus is not to use big 
       moves. I played against Prof's Lau and lost. I was Mike Tsui (Jacky) 
       vs Prof (Lau) in the middle of the loser bracket. I saw the breaks in 
       the mUpKn in the rush but I kept using knee and sidekicks. Bad 
       mistakes. Eventually, I used the two punches plus elbow (P,P,f+P). I 
       managed to make the later rounds much closer. Sarah players should try 
       to find the break or the recovery part of the mUpKn of a rushing Lau 
       and attack with three punches plus kickfilp (P,P,P,b+K) or two 
       punches plus kick (P,P,K). Then pounce Lau. 
     TAN Wu Meng, a Kage player, wrote:
       Try dashing back and unleashing a fast attack when you see the first 
       UpKnP about to start. For Kage, a fast attack would be d+K+G or 
       b,b+K+G. I try that against good Lau players and I often score major 
       counter with it. For Sarah, maybe you could try a shunpuri and 
       turnaround sweep. However you must get the range right, otherwise you 
       get interrupted and floated all over the ring.
       Alternatively, start the round with PKG (i.e. SP). It takes away even 
       Lau's initiative. So far only Colin and one or two other people in 
       Singapore can maintain 50-50 initiative against a player who opens 
       with SP at start of round.
     Yupasawa wrote:
       Lau also wants to get up close and in your face to keep the pressure
       on. You have two choices here. You can stay at long range and try to 
       peck at Lau, coaxing him to miss attacks, or you can get in close 
       yourself, and beat Lau to the punch with Sarah's quicker attacks. 
       Always look to control the larger part of the ring, so that you have 
       mobility and room for error if you get caught by the UpKn rush or 
       floated. The clothesline takedown is the best way to reverse the ring 
       when you get in trouble. At long range, rely on the hook kick and punt 
       kick to punish premature UpKnP or LgKnP. Don't be afraid to turn your 
       back at long range. The sweep and TT backfist are both very capable of 
       interrupting a LgKn--Lau's most popular reply. Furthermore, floats 
       aren't as severe when you get hit in the back. If you're caught 
       blocking aseries of m-UpKnPs, don't panic. Look for an opening while 
       you crouch and defend. As soon as a punch whiffs over your head, hit 
       P+G (while still holding down) then PK. You will most likely throw Lau 
       with the d+P+G. Do NOT low punch if you just blocked an UpKnP--it's 
       one of the worst things you can do, as it gives Lau an easy interrupt 
       and high float with his next UpKn or DnKn. If you are capable of crouch 
       dashing, attempt to back away and then interrupt Lau with a punt-side 
       kick. Do not use the hook kick in this situation it's slower than the 
       UpKn, giving Lau a better chance to interrupt you. Buffer the crouch 
       dash while holding down defense, (hold G and d, d/b, d, d/b, hold d, 
       release G and continue to hold down on the stick) you'll get the full 
       length crouch dash that way, making it easier to interrupt Lau with a 
       punt. The key is to make him whiff and then interrupt him with a 
       stronger attack or PK.
         You don't get "hit" by the UpKn if you're crouch defending. It only 
       makes you stand up with *no* damage and forces you to block the 
       punch. You don't take damage from repeated m-UpKnP's when you are 
       crouch defending, you just get pushed back. Keep this in mind, it 
       may alleviate some of the pressure you are feeling when you are faced 
       with Lau's rush...
         You supposedly have 1 or 2 frames to sneak in a PK counter after 
       blocking an UpKnP before the next m-UpKn comes out. Very tough timing, 
       and I think Sarah loses anyway if Lau does a DnKnP instead... I've 
       had more success by looking closely for whiffed UpKnP's--you have 
       about 10 frames to react in that case ;)  Sarah actually has time to 
       punt-side kick Lau in this case. 
         I try to always counter Lau's whiffed elbows with a clothesline so 
       that I can control the largest part of the ring as much as possible.
    Level 0 Moves:
       Crane peck (f/d+P)
       Side snapkick (f+K)
       Crescent Kick (G+K)
       Single scissor kick (f/u+K)
    Level 1 Moves:
       Kick (K)
       Sweep (d+K+G)
    Level 2 Moves:
    Level 3 Moves:
       Punch Kick combo (P,K)
       3 Punches and Crescent (PPPK)
       3 Punches and Sweep(PPP,d+K)
       Double scissor kick (f/u+K,K)
    Traps to watch out for:
           p, delayed kick
           pp, delayed kick
           single scissor kick, kick
           ppp, delayed sweep
    Every Pai's dream is to connect sidekick float,pppk combo, and Sarah
    is light enough that this combo often works. So watch out for it. Use
    snap+sidekick when Pai's backward kickflip misses.
    Heard of Psycho Pais? The biggest problem with Pai is that her moves 
    recover so fast, and her small body size makes her moves difficult to
    see. So an agreessive Pai can be a trouble.
    So what to do against a Psycho Pai? Keep her at outside punching range, 
    and right outside the range of your kickflip. When she closes, kickflip 
    daylight out of her. Even if you end up exchanging hits, your major counet 
    kickflip and pounce can win over her pecking attacks. When she misses her 
    sidekick, clothesline. If Pai grows aware of your kickflip and turn 
    defensive, clothesline. If Pai uses low kicks, block one and retaliate.
    If you block sidekick, your low punch will stop almost any follow ups.
    (Also, rememer, d+G+P can throw her if she decides to block high.)
    Pai is so light that some unreal combos like knee, knee, lunging knee
    and pounce works against her. But I find it difficult to knee a good Pai
    since at that kind of range her fast moves often can interrupt your knee.
    But if you do, combo, combo!! Oh yeah, remember you can use other moves
    beside knee to float her. (Refer to the combo section.)
    If she cartwheels over you, she gains 8 frames of advantage over you.
    This is not long enough to guarrantee her anything. You should be able 
    to run away from about any cartwheel followup she throws at you.
    Beware that Pai's sweep recoves a lot faster than Lau's.
    To speak about Pai, let's examine issue of reversal. It's often stated
    that you can't see opponent's move and reverse with exception of a few
    moves like Lion's dashing punch. You have to predict your opponent's
    move's coming. 
      In fact, this is not entirely true. If you concentrate, it's possible
    to "see" many moves coming and reverse. What you can't do is that you
    can't decide attack level as your opponent attacks you.*
    I have tried playing stationary Pai. I stood still, waited the opponent 
    to "twitch" and reversed, three times in a row. I also have been nailed 
    by other Pais and Akiras who saw me "making a move" and reversed me out 
    of my attack. But still, you need to know what move is coming, or at 
    least level of the move. For example, Sarah's low kick looks similar to 
    her sidekick in its first a few frames, and vice versa. So when I tried 
    using Akira to reverse CPU Sarah relying on my reflex, I kept missing 
    levels, but I also had successes.
      But in short this approach is not very practical since good opponents
    will mix up, and at least in my case, when I am in "waiting for reversal"
    mode, I can't think about trying anything else. So I can't reverse like
    this when I am busy attacking and defending.
      More common approach for reversal, especially for Akira, is to block-
    reverse routine. You will be surprised how many players become predictable
    after blocking. Let's say Pai does a sidekick and the opponent blocks. 
    The opponent doesn't have zillion moves to return because he knows 
    nothing is guarranted after blocking Pai's sidekick. So he is most likely 
    rely on a safe midlevel moves. I had a fair amount of success with Pai and 
    Akira using crane poke (f/d+P) and dashing elbow (blocked) and midlevel 
    So the moral is: Don't become predictable after blocking a safe move. It's 
    the easist reversal to nail. Don't become predictable when you attack
    a Pai or Akira who seems to be ready to reverse. Fake him out if you
    have to.
    * Note: Actually, I heard from an Akira player in Korea that the best 
    Akiras in Korea can reverse based on reflexes. I am not entirely sure if 
    he meant that they can determine attack level on reflexes, though. I heard, 
    however, that #1 Akira in Taiwan (Possibly the best Akira in the known 
    universe) can determine attack levels on reflex. I can see how an Akira 
    can determine another Akira's attack level easier than he can do with 
    Sarah. His low kick uses rear leg so it should be a lot easier to 
    distinguish Akira's low kick from his sidekick.
    "Only a ninja can kill a ninja."  --Ninja 3 
    "Yeah, right, just give me a 12 shell shotgun." --My roomie
    Level 0 Moves:
        Leaping forward spin kick (b+K+G)
        Slap (d+P+K)
    Level 1 Moves:
        Back kick (d+G+K)
        Double slap (d+P+K, P+K)
    Levle 2 Moves:
        3 Punches and kick (PPPK)
        Turn toward sweep.
        Rising knee
        Sliding sweep (f,f+K)
    Level 3 Moves:
        Roll forward and sweep.
        Catapult kick (f,f+ALL)
        Corkscrew kick (f,f+G+K)
        Sliding tackle (b,b/d,d+K)
    Traps to watch out for:
            Slap, rising knee
            b+G+K, kickflip
    Good Kage can be Sarah's nemesis. He moves as fast as Sarah, and has
    no clear deficiency in his arsenal. NEVER whiff your kicks. A good kage
    will make you pay with ten-foot-toss(b+P) followed by a devastating
    combo. His strategy is built around ten-foot-toss (b+P) and stagger
      If at all possible, stay in open stance. That way it's more difficult
    for Kage to connect TFT, and his back kick (d+G+K) no longer hits
    crouchers. This measure takes a big chunk out of Kage's power. His
    kickflip will have greater range, but so will yours.
      Watch out for his b,b+G+K,d+K double sweep combo. If you block the
    second turn around sweep, he is open!
      To stop Kage's long range artillery attacks (f,f+ALL and f,f+G+K)
    some people suggests you to stand still, and duck when Kage begins to 
    roll. Once you block them you can do practically whatever you want.
    Against those insidious Kages who elbow stagger and TFT, Tan Wu Meng
    suggests you to do d+G+P,d+G+P to struggle and escape throw.
    The #1 Kage in Japan (possibly the #1 Kage in the world) was known to
    use senbon punch to close in. TAN Wu Meng sent me these tips to use 
    against SPing Kage:
    Well, "T.S.", the #1 Kage in Japan closes in with Senbon punches. I 
    have also picked up the tactic and it is very scary the defender 
    doesn't know xwhat to do --- even good players get into deep trouble 
    with the SP. As Lan pointed out the other time, the SP is fast enough to
    interrupt nearly EVERYTHING.  If you crouch or do anything after that, 
    a sidekick will normally knock you over due to major counter. If you 
    stand, you get thrown.                                                  
    A good way to fight against SPer, is to crouch-dash backwards when you
    expect the SP. Or if your timing is good, crouch-dash forwards and P+G.
    Often the d/f,d/f+P+G will throw them, and if the SPer is not familiar 
    with this trick, it will freak him/her out. *Psychological warfare* :-)      
    Level 0 Moves:
       Low Spin kick (d/b+K)
       Backpush (d/b+P)
    Level 1 Moves:
       Turning punch (b,b+P)
    Level 2 Moves:
       Scorpion Kick (d+K+G)
    Level 3 Moves:
       Low-High Spin kicks (d/b+K,K) 
       Sweep (DOWN+K+G)
       Sweeps after drinking (d+P+K)
    Learn which of his moves hit low and which hit high. Approach with
    caution when he goes lying on ground.
    When he turns upside down: lunging knee. Never failed for me.
    Watch out for his low-high kick (d/b+K,K) The first kick must be blocked
    Don't pounce after blocking his fall down kick. You can kickflip after 
    blocking his cartwheel.
    Watch out when he begins dodging! It's his primary device to set up
    for his throw (so he can drink) A good Shun player will mix up
    dodge-throw and dodge-strike.
    Just don't let him drink too much. 
    Level 0 Moves:
      Toe kick (d+K)
      HeadButte (f+P+K)
    Level 1 Moves:
      Axekick (f,d+K)
    Level 2 Moves:
      Lunging Headbutt (d/b,f+P+K)
      Toe Kick, Hammer (d+K,P)
    Level 3 Moves:
    Traps to watch out for:
      missed frontal foot thrust, throw
      dashing elbow-delayed uppercut 
      dashing elbow-upper cut, buffered throw.
    When you want to escape Jeff's throw, always go crazy on stick as well as
    G+P. Hitting back, back, back while hitting G+P will allow you to escape
    Jeff's b+G+P addition to normal G+P. As you escape Jeff's b+G+P, be 
    ready to nail him from behind! If you hesistate he can nail you with a 
    turn around attack. Addition to his heel slide, his down+P turning hammer 
    is very fast and effective.
    Kip up to avoid his butt bomb pounce. Roll to avoid his bodysplash pounce.
    Make him pay when his bodysplash misses.
    Also as you low punch to avoid his throws, you will inevitably end up
    interrupting his backbreaker attempt, causing him to stagger with his
    back facing you. The worst you can do in this case is to continue low
    punching. His turning heel slide or turning hammer will easily knock you
    out. Quickly do something like punch kick to knock down staggering Jeff.
    Once you begin to punish staggering Jeffs from behind, he will think
    twice before doing another frontal backbreaker.
    His knee and uppercut are great equalizers against fast chars who try
    to overwhelm Jeff with fast strikes. One interrupt and you are now
    floating sky high to eat some major float combo. Just make sure to punish
    him when you block his knee.
    I met Mason Wood and other extremely good Jeff players in MoaT. Mason,
    in particular, used a very mobile Jeff. He fully utilized Jeff's longer
    throw range to beat me to throws. And when I went button spazzy he
    floated me. I miss a move and he uses frontal backbreaker. It's in fact
    a very effetive tactic. He backs up, sees a move missing, and forward
    dashes and hits ALL, completing b,f,f+ALL motion which results in
    backbreaker. I found no effective way to beat him since his throws and
    floats can easily overpower peckers. (And if you don't peck around, you
    get thrown.) Emergence of mobile, floating, running-throwing, Jeffs 
    spells a new challenge for Sarah players, for sure.
    Quoting Yupasawa:
    Dominate Jeffry with Sarah's quick PPP and elbow attacks. You can
    interrupt almost all of his attacks with Sarah's superior punching 
    speed. Forget about float combos--go for the guaranteed high pounce after 
    a knee or sweep knock down. Consider using the triple kick--just remember 
    to start it at very close range. Senbon punch-triple kick is surprisingly 
    effective. Against tentative Jeff's that look to throw more than combo, 
    beat them to the throw. Sarah's quick dashing speed makes her throw range 
    almost equivalent to the big guy's. Against agressive Jeff's, who high 
    punch, low punch and low kick a lot, stay mobile and at longer ranges. 
    Use Sarah's low kick for harassment and the punt kick for punishment of 
    missed attacks. 
      Beware of the dashing elbow--it's a great uncounterable mid-range 
    attack that can be followed with a nasty array of G-canceled combos. At 
    the very least, Jeffry's will usually just attack with a delayed uppercut, 
    the built in combo. At worst, he'll buffer in a XPD. 
    Level 0 Moves:
       Three punches
       Elbow drop (b+P+K)
    Level 1 Moves:
       Body blow (f+P)
    Level 2 Moves:
       Shoulder Ram (b,f+P)
    Level 3 Moves:
       Upward slap (D,f+P)
       Sliding tackle (f,d+K)
    Traps to watch out for:
            low punch, upward slap
            balletkick, whatever
    Okay, he can reverse sidekick. But since you should be sidekicking only
    during his recovery phase, it shouldn't matter, right? It was confirmed
    that Wolf can reverse Sarah's one legged long-jump dropkick.
      If you duck under his clothesline, tap on Guard button to align
    yourself. If you are quick you can stop his turnaround strike attempt,
    but you must align yourself first with Guard button.
      Wolf is slightly lighter than Jeff, and in fact, I have
    connected knee, snap-sidekick combo a lot more frequently agaist Wolf
    than I did against Jeff.
      He has many aerial moves that causes him to end up lying. Go for pounce
    if his aerial moves completely miss. Wolf in fact has a rich arsenal of
    long range moves including shoulder ram, clothesline, flying drop kick,
    etc. None of them are that hard to stop as long as you watch out for
    them. Balletkick, however, is safe when blocked and often used as a
    sucker move.
    Those who stand and wait for you to come is an easy meat. Those who
    crouch and turtle can be a pain. Set up traps if you can. 
      His Twirl and Hurl is utterly devasting. Weakness of this throw is 
    that it's not easy to use it from distance unlike Jeff's crucifix and 
    backbreaker. Since f,f,b, halfCircle,f+P is such a cumbersome move and 
    is prone to get interrupted by other fast throws, most Wolfs cannot use 
    it as a dash in-throw technique as Jeff does with his throws, unless you 
    stand still like an idiot (as I often do) or offers him a really wide 
    opening. Even Bun Bun Maru seemed to rely on low-punch in close range 
    to set up for T&H. So be extra careful when the fight comes down to close 
      Keeping that in mind may help you to avoid giving T&H opportunity to
      Refrain from using low sidekick against a good Jeff or
    Wolf players. They can either low throw you or sidekick+pounce even
    if the kick hits.
      Remember Jeff and Wolf get hardly pushed by your kicks and kickflips, 
    leaving you vulnerable to throws. We have a Wolf player in our school 
    who does f/d,f/d+P+K throw whenever he blocks a kickflip.
      Also, if you see him going for many low punches, BACK OFF!! He is
    trying to throw you, that's what he is doing. Same thing is true when 
    you fight Jeffs.
      When timer and life goes down, don't ignore Wolf and Jeff's low kick.
    They take significant damage (17 points.)
    Playing against CPU
    CPU controlled opponents have built in patterns which you can exploit.
    This makes playing against CPU pretty dull. But it also shows the game's
    depth: If you get predictable, you die.
    One thing you can do to make a game against CPU more interesting is to
    forget patterns and pretend that you are fighting a human player. it's
    easier to pretend like that in Expert Mode since they learn rather quickly
    and are less predictable. But then you may be a beginner trying out, or
    you might be having a bad day. So we will include anti-CPU tactics here.
    Another thing you can try is to go for higher ranking by trying more styles. 
    The way to get 1st grade with Sarah in ranking mode is also provided in 
    this section, thanks to Peaking Duck.
    Beating CPU characters
    (Contributed by Juri Munkki)
    Lau/Sarah/Shun: (normal & expert)
                 Start with a tornado kick and a pounce (short pounce more
               <From Yupasawa:  I've been playing with u/f+K, d+K,K and pounce 
               recently. You can even add a PG to the punt-sidekick float 
               against Sarah.>
               <Editor's note: Experiment with various turn around sweep combos.
                It's quite easy to score major counter, especially against Lau.>
    Lau: (expert)
                 Elbow+Knee+defend will push Lau back until RO.
    Pai: (normal)
                 Start with axe kick of flipkick and pounce twice.
    Pai: (expert)
                 Elbow+Knee+defend will push Pai back until RO.
    Lion: (normal)
                 Back away and throw
              <From Yupasawa: Start with a triple kick or punt-side kick.
               You can struggle out of the side kick(stagger)-u+P combo that 
               CPU Lion uses all the time by circling the stick. I elbow-knee 
               and then block low. If he side kicks I struggle out of the 
               combo. If he sweeps, EK-kickflip is a good counter.
    Lion: (expert)
                 Elbow, knee, low defense is pretty safe and you can use a
                 retaliatory move after Lion sweeps. This might be something
                 that Lion learns to counter after a while, but it's
                 important to know that the normal elbow+knee+defense (or
                 throw) is a bad idea, because Lion tends to return with a 
                 low attack when you attack at medium level whereas the 
                 other CPU characters mostly return with a medium attack.
    Jeffry: (normal)
                 P,P,P,... or P,P,K, repeat
                <from Yupasawa: Add that ground kick after the PPK for style 
    Jeffry: (expert)
                 P,P,P,flipkick works pretty well.
                 P,P,P,... might work, but often doesn't.
    Kage: (normal & expert)
                 Elbow+Knee+defend will either hit or push Kage back until
    Jacky: (normal & expert)
                 Elbow+Knee+defend works, but less reliable than Kage
                <From Yupasawa:d+KK after blocking Kage's or Jacky's kickflip. 
                Jacky learns to low punch and trip and hammer throw on older 
                VF2 machines.>
    Wolf: (normal & expert)
                 Start with axe kick
                 Elbow+Knee+defend mixed with Elbow+Knee+Suplex. Difficulty
                 is in deciding right mix of defense and throws.
    Akira: (normal & expert)
                 Axe kick is a good fairly safe start, until Akira starts
                 to do counters.
               <Editor's note: Try reversal jams against Akira by pulling back
               your kick with G button. Akira's missed reversal attempt will
               cause him to teleport>
    Dural: (normal & expert)
                 long distance jump forward with a kick, when Dural is within
                 a few meters of you. Hold back and start tapping K before
                 you reach the apex. Dural will jump kick and miss, because
                 you roll back. Do what you wish while Dural is still in the
                 air and you have landed. Throws also work, even in expert
               <From Yupasawa: this usually only works as an opening attack. 
               You can kickflip Dural out of the ring as she comes down, but 
               I prefer to dash forward underneath her and float her with a 
               TT PPPKickflip ;>
    Getting 1st grade with Sarah
    This is for ranking mode. For more information about this, check out 
    Peaking Duck's Ranking Mode FAQ.
        In order to reach 9th dan or 1st grade, all the following conditions
    must be fulfilled:
    1. Get 100 technical points.
    2. Defeat Akira within 6 minutes and 30 seconds.
    3. Defeat Dural.
    To get 100 technical points:
    Must connect 4 times:
    Torso Supplex            (P+G)
    Clothesline              (f, f+P)
    Kickflip                 (u/b+K)
    Two Sidekicks            (d/f+K, K)  1
    3 times:
    High Knee or
    3 punch & High Knee      (Hold d, f+K)  or PPPK
    Tornado Kick or
    Crescent Kick            (u/f+K+G) or (K+G)
    Hopping Roundhouse       (u+K)
    2 times:                  
    3 punches & Hopkick      (PPP, u+K)
    1 time:
    Double Knee              (f+K, d/f+K)
    Back Throw               (P+G from behind)
    Grade 1 Time table (Contributed by CHIA Jin Ngee)
    Torso Suplex (P+G)
    Reserve this move for all characters after Shun, namely Pai, Lion, Kage 
    and Jacky. Best way to do this is to back off far away from them to 
    force them to run in.
    Clothesline (f, f+P)
    Same as Torso Suplex.
    Kickflip (b/u+K)
    Use one each for character from Lau to Pai or Lion if you fail to connect
    on Pai.
    Against Lau     - Dash forward and kickflip him.
    Against Sarah   - Elbow-knee-kickflip. Hit from closed stance.
    Against Shun    - Elbow-knee-kickflip. Hit from closed stance.
    Against Lion    - Elbow-knee-kickflip. You can kickflip him while he 
                      recovers from his missed pounce.
    Triple Kick (d/f+K, K, K)
    Against Lau     - Dash forward and kick him
    Against Sarah   - Find any opportunity and sneak in 2 kicks only.
    Against Shun    - Do all 3 kicks against Shun at the beginning of the set.
    Against Pai     - Do 2 kicks when she recovers from any sweep.
    Against Lion    - Just in case you missed Pai, do 3 kicks when Lion recovers
                      from a missed pounce or when you block any of his low 
                      attacks. Lion has a habit of doing 2 side kicks 
                      consecutively. Sneak in the 3 kicks before the second 
                      side kick comes out.
    Rising knee (FC, f+K or PPPK)
    Against Lau     - Do a turn away punch (b, b+P) and then PPPK.
    Against Sarah   - Do a jumping back roundhouse (b, b+K) to float her and 
                      PPP or knee then PPPK. Make sure the knee hit from open 
    Against Shun    - Do a m-RKnee at the beginning of the set.
    Tornado Kick (u/f+K+G) or Crescent (K+G)
    I would recommend the K+G since it doesn't kill your opponent so easily.
    Against Lau     - Just walk up to him and K+G.
    Against Sarah   - Against any missed combo or blocked PPPK.
    Against Pai     - After any missed crescent or blocked sweep.
    Hopping roundhouse (u+K)
    Against Lau     - Walk up to him and kick.
    Against Sarah   - She is vulnerable. Just kick when you feel like it. You 
                      can even elbow-knee and hopping roundhouse if you 
                      interrupt a move.
    Against Pai     - Elbow-knee in the beginning of the set for a major counter
                      and hopping roundhouse her.
    Combo Hurdling Kick (P, P, P, u+K or P, P, P, u/f+K or P, P, u+P, K)
    Against Jeffry  - Start this off at the beginning of the set.
    Against Wolf    - Ditto.
    Double knee (f+K, d/f+K)
    Against Sarah   - Try for an interrupt. The knee (f+K) must hit while stance 
                      is open so that the move will close the stance for the 
                      rising knee to connect.
    Against Pai     - Ditto.
    <Editor's note: It's reported that you only need to connect the second knee.
    Yupasawa suggests you time this move against Lau so the second knee hits
    as he gets up.>
    Torso takedown (P+G from behind)
    Against Wolf    - Do P, P+G at the beginning of the set. As Sarah flips over to
                      to escape Wolf's suplex, tap P+G.
    Once you achieved the required moves per round or set. Just KO the
    character as quickly as possible. When all the moves are finished up. Bash
    the rest of the CPU characters as quickly as possible. RO them if you can.
    Editor's note: More notes on connecting torso takedown from behind:
    Against Wolf, a single kick also works to set up suplex escape.
    Another opportunity is when Shun does dol-ce-doe dancing-turning-around 
    kick. It's difficult if he immediately does second turning kick, but can 
    be done sometimes. Another thing you can try is: start the round against 
    Lion with forward hopping roundhouse. I am not certain about required 
    conditions but sometimes you can land behind him and throw. This method 
    is not that reliable, especially if you connect it a few times and CPU 
    learns. Sometimes Lion's missed pounce presents a backthrow opportunity, 
    but I am not sure about required conditions. Another crazy thing I tried 
    that worked: I turned around and Jeff pulled backbreaker on me. He 
    hesistated then threw bodysplash. I rolled behind him and threw him
     Possibly the easiest way to score backthrow is when Kage does his rolling
    kick (f,f+ALL). Kage sometimes does that, but only in expert mode.
    PART IV.
    Sarah's Taunts
    <From Donny Chan's Taunt FAQ>
                   (Sarah claps her hands, then puts one hand behind her
                   head and the other on her hip.)
    Win,Hold G     "Better run home to mama now!"
    Win,Hold P     "Better run home to mama now!"
    Win,Hold K     (Sarah brushes her thigh with one hand, then points
                   with her other fist.)
                   "Even good guys blow it! <Laugh>"
    Loss 1         "I still want to fight."
    Loss 2         "Imagine losing to this bozo!"
    Timeout loss   (Sarah sits down and shakes her head while
                   intermittently hitting the ground with her fist.)
    Unused Taunts:
    "An amateur like you could never defeat me!"
    "Pretty gentle with women, huh?!!"
    Some notes about Sarah's fighting styles and backgrounds
    Character Profile
      Name: Sarah Bryant
      DOB: July 4th, 1973
      Blood Type: AB
      Height: 1.73m
      Weight: 55kg
      Job: College student
      Hobby: Sky diving
      Nationality: USA
      Fighting Style: Jeet Kune Do
    According to the sources from Sega, Sarah is a college student kidnapped by
    a mega corp and brainwashed to kill her brother. (QUICK! CALL GERALDO!!)
    Personally, I don't care much about Sega's storyline (which gives no
    justfication on why Akira is the hero (blah) of the game.) Hopefully
    they will come up with something better when they release VF3.
    Sarah's fighting style and real life inspirations
    Sarah's fighting style is stated to be Jeet Kune Do, translated as the Way
    of Intercepting Fist, founded by Bruce Lee himself. Bruce Lee's primary
    martial art training background comes from Wing Chun, a Southern Chinese
    art that's regarded as one of the most effective fighting styles existing
    today. He couldn't continue his training in Wing Chun because the senior
    students in his school forced him to leave after he became good enough to
    beat everybody in the school. Later in the USA, he studied many other
    styles and founded Jeet Kune Do concept. The core of his JKD concept was:
    learn from many style, pick up what is useful. This concept deviates from
    the traditional approach to learn martial art, where you were supposed to
    learn all the techniques and concepts in one art to perfection. Just look
    at Akira, for example. The art I study now, Tang Soo Do, has some moves
    similar to what Akira uses, such as palm, double palm, etc. (Double palm
    in particular is nearly identical to Akira's.) But it will take
    eons of time before I can use those moves like Akira does. His arsenal is
    not flexible, but he mastered his moves to perfection and use them with
    deadly effectiveness.
        In contrast, JKD concept suggests you to learn from many styles and 
    pick what works for you. This explains Sarah/Jacky's versatility and 
    their rich arsenal. It also explains why their styles are not identical. 
    (Unlike Ken and Ryu in CE) JKD as a style, as taught now by Bruce Lee's 
    students, is a mix of Wing Chun/Jun Fan Kung Fu, Korean kicking styles, 
    Thai boxing, Philippino Escrima fighting, and western styles like 
    boxing, savate and wrestling. Strategy emphasized in modern 
    Jeet Kune Do is: use quick, hard-to-stop attacks first, such as jabs 
    and front leg strikes, and use power strikes after these attacks defuse 
    the opponent's defense. Jab taught in JKD is different from punches 
    taught in other arts. It is designed to give as little telegraphing as 
    possible, with little emphasis on power.
            Sarah's style seems to be mostly a mixture of Korean kicking 
    styles and Thai boxing. (Bruce Lee learned Tang Soo Do and Taekwondo 
    from Chuck Norris and Jhoon Rhee, respectively.) Her arsenal of kicks 
    shows Korean style influence, and her elbow/knee combos show Thai 
    boxing influence. CHIA Jin Ngee commented that her elbow is Wing Chun, 
    but in my opinion her elbow could have come from Tang Soo Do, Kenpo, 
    Shotokan, or a number of other different styles. I personally think some 
    of her moves don't look too authentic. But there is something called 
    artistic license, I guess.
            CHIA Jin Ngee commented that VF1 Sarah seemed to have resemblance 
    to Cynthia Rothrock, but VF2 Sarah doesn't look like her any more. Ms.
    Rothrock is a former kickboxing champion who starred in several Holywood
    and Hong Kong martial arts movies. I personally think Sharon Stone back 
    in _Total Recall_ could have made an excellent Sarah. (She had a convincing 
    martial arts performance in that movie. But she now looks older and nobody 
    expects her to play a martial art role, sigh.)
            To take a look at some Jeet Kune Do/Jun Fan Kung Fu example in 
    action, watch _Rapid Fire_ starring Brandon Lee. (Of course, I could 
    have recommended any Bruce Lee movies. But you may get the impression
    that screaming like Bruce Lee and kicking and punching like pistons
    are all JKD is about. You will find Brandon Lee's style in _Rapid Fire_
    to be very similar to Sarah and Jacky's style.)
    Closing Words
    Last time I said that I will release some Sarah drawings. A few of them
    are now at http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/usr/sy2b/sarah.html, as well
    as this FAQ and other Sarah and VF related materials.
    There was a bad rumor that Sarah supposedely gets killed by Dural, thus 
    won't make it to VF3. But every information coming from Sega seems to 
    confirm that every VF2 characters will make it to VF3.
    At the Mother of All Tournament held at Toronto, I saw many impressive 
    players. One thing I feel glad, is that my long research into anti-Akira 
    strategy paid off, as my Sarah was not a push over even against some
    of the best Akiras. In fact both of my wins in the tourney were against
       But I realized that I was not prepared for phenomenal Laus, Jackys and 
    Jeffs that infested the tourney, and they humbled me greatly. From now on 
    developing effective strategy against them will be my goal.
       There I also saw two episodes of the VF2 TV series Japanimations. It, 
    well, could have been made better. It was good for some laughs at least, 
    but the animations were not that good and the characterizations were not 
    faithful to the game. They showed Sarah getting kidnapped by. . . uh. . . 
       Overall, she is not a Red Sonja we know from the game, but has a 
    feminine voice and plays a damsel in distress. What's even worse is that 
    she seems to have developed a feeling for Kage, and yet she cried Akira's
    name as she was locked away. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE somebody tell me that 
    they are not going to have a love triangle between Sarah, Kage and Akira 
    --Throw until they crouch. Stagger combo until they stand up. Throw until 
      . . .
    --Combo! Combo! Combo!
    --Don't underestimate your opponent's reflex. If you can play machi by
     reacting to your opponent, so can he!
    --Watch out for traps.
    --Control distance!!!!
    --Study your opponent and their pattern.
    --If all fails, set up traps.
    Thanks to:
    Sega              for their technical innovation, I can respect them as an
                      engineer, an artist, and a student of martial art.
    CHIA Jin Ngee <mcblab47@leonis.nus.sg>     
                      for his FAQ and contribution
    Yupasawa <Yupasawa@aol.com>
                      for his contributions and originally coming up with
                      informations about shun puri
    Jirawat Uttayaya<jirawat@phys.ufl.edu>  
                      for his Gamest translations
    Juri Munkki <jmunkki@snakemail.hut.fi>      
                      for his contribution
    Donny Chan        For his taunt FAQ
    Pakorn Pongpaet<ppongpae@eecs.uic.edu>
                      For his Combo FAQ and contributions
    Mike Tsui <stsui@frontier.canrem.com>  
                      For his contribution
    TAN Wu Meng <wumeng@pacific.net.sg>
                      For his contribution
    Joji Suzuki (Joji. G)
                      for his excellent Akira FAQ that helped this guide in
                      many direct and indirect ways.
    Greetings go to:
    Khyron, Mike, and APC For being so tough Akiras.
    Other people from the CMU VF community, including Tom, Dave, Charlie and Ed, 
    and CMU alumnus VF master Alan Chen
                      We are one happy family that try to spend as much 
                      time as possible breaking each other's spine.
    DugMan and Doug B
    Everyone I met at the MoaT
    Other people of rec.games.video.arcade
    No Thanks to:
    Capcom            for their utter lack of technical innovation for being
                       such a big company.
    CMU arcade owners for their idiocy of changing the machine from 3 out of 5 to
                       2 out of 3 and killing the competition.