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    Virtua Fighter 2: Pai FAQ v1.00
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    by Steve Suh
    gt7838@prism.gatech.edu
    Please send any comments, corrections, and additions to the above address.
    
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    |Table of contents|
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    Introduction
    Part I: The moves
         1)Move list
         2)Move analysis
              a)Basic moves
              b)Special moves
              c)Throws
              d)Reversals
         3)Multiple attacks
         4)Rising attacks
    Part II: Putting it together
         1)Stuff you need to know
              a)Escape from throws
              b)Crouching dash
              c)Stances 
              d)The use of the Guard button
              e)Counters
    Part III: How to fight this guy/gal??
         1) Moves you can and can't counter
         2) Moves you can and can't reverse
    Acknowledgments
     
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    |Introduction|
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    Pai is not regarded highly in the VF2 community probably because of bias  
    against her which started in VF1.  Rest assured, Pai is not weak.  She is
    a well-rounded character with excellent throws, float capability only second
    to Lau, and reversal ability only second to Akira.  Her main weakness is
    that she is light so she can be ringed out easily.
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    |      Part I: The moves     |
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    Contents:
    1)Move list
    2)Move analysis
         a)Basic moves
         b)Special moves
         c)Throws
         d)Reversals
    3)Multiple attacks
    4)Rising attacks
     
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    |1) MOVE LIST|
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    Complete list of Pai's moves, including the Japanese names for the 
    techniques. It shows the motion, hit level, and damage.  The damage is given 
    in life bar points which differs on the level setting, and for vs. play.  It 
    is NOT the percentage of the life bar, but an actual numerical value.  It is 
    also standardized to Wolf's Giant Swing (twirl 'n' hirl) being 100 points.  
    Refer to Part IV: Damage section for more detail.
     
    G,P,K refer to the Guard, Punch, Kick buttons respectively.  
    f,b,u,d refer to forward,back,up,down, respectively.
    F,B,U,D refer to holding the joystick in that position.  
    H refers to attacks that hit standing non-defenders.
    M refers to attacks that hit crouching opponents.
    L refers to attacks that hit standing opponents.
     
    Move                                  Motion         Hit   Dmg    Note
    ====                                  ======         ===   ===    ====
    Basic moves
    -----------
    Jab (Chusui)                          P              H     10    P,K,A
    Low jab (Hosui)                       d+P            L     10    A
    Snap kick (?)                         K              H     30    P,A
    Low kick (Yosentai)                   d+K            L     10    A
    Side kick (Sokutai)                   d/f+K          M     21    P,W,A
     
    Small jump moves (tap up or u/f or u/b)
    ---------------------------------------
    Hopping punch I (Rakuhososui)         +P             M     30
    Hopping punch II (Rakuhosui)          P(asc)         M     30
    Hopping kick I (Choshitai)            K(asc)         M     18
    Hopping kick II (Shitai)              K(desc)        M     20      P
     
    Large jump moves (hold up or u/f or u/b)
    ----------------------------------------
    Jumping Hammer (Rakugekisosui)        f+P(asc)       M     30
    Take off kick (Tokyaku)               +K             M     30
    Crane stomp(?)                        f+K(asc)       M     40
    In air kick (Rakuhosui)               K(asc)         M     30
    Landing kick (Fujintai)               K(desc)        M     30
    Back drop kick (Humontokai)           b+K(asc)       M     40
     
    Turning around moves (opponent behind you)
    ------------------------------------------
    Turning punch (Kenhaisui)             P              H     12    P,K,A
    Turning low double punch(?)           d+P            L     14+14 A
    Turning punch(crouching)(Kenahisui)   D+P            L     12    A
    Turning high kick (Haitai)            K              H     30    P,A
    Turning low sweep (Chisentai)         d+K            L     36    A
            
     
    Pounce (opponent down)
    ----------------------
    Jumping knee(?)                       u+P                  30 Range: 3.0m
    High jumping knee(?)                  U+P                  40 Range: 3.0m
    Ground punch (Sokaho)                 d/f+P                10
     
    Special Moves
    -------------
    Double punch (Hachimonkaida)          P,P            H     10,10 P,K,A
    Triple punch (?)                      P,P,P          H     10,10,12 P,K,A
    Punch-kick (Kansuitai)                P,K            H     10,30 P,A !
    Punch-punch-kick(?)                   P,P,K          H     10,10,30 P,A !
    Punches into crescent kick(?)         P,P,P,K        H     10,10,12,50 !     
    Punches into backflip kick(?)         P,P,P,b+K      H,H,H,M 10,10,12,20 !
    Punches into sweep(?)                 P,P,P,d+K      H,H,H,L 10,10,12,40 ! 
    Chop(?)                               d/f+P          M     14  P,K,A
    Dodge into punch(?)                   d/b+P          M     14  P,K,A
    Jabbing footwork(?)                   b,b+P          H     12  P,K,A
    Single sparrow kick(?)                u/f+K          M     16
    Double sparrow kick(?)                u/f+K,K        M     16+10
    Heel kick(?)                          D,release+K    M     35-40 P,A @ !    
    Sweep(?)                              D+G+K          L     20-40 @ !
    Crescent Kick(?)                      G+K            H     25-45 @ !
    Reverse crescent kick(?)              B+G+K          H     20-40 @ !
    Backflip(?)                           b/u
    Backflip kick(?)                      b/u+K          M     40      !
    High lunging leg thrust(?)            f,f+K          H     30  P,A !
    Side snap kick(?)                     f+K            M     19  P,A
    
    Throws
    ------
    Wrist twist(?)                         P+D            H     50
    DDT(?)                                 f,d+P          H     60
    Belly throw(?)                         b,d+P          H     30
    Reaping throw and gut punch(?)         f,f+P+K        H     40+10
    Pushover(?)                            b,f+P          H     60
    Cartwheel over opponent(?)             f,f+All        M
    
    Reversals
    --------
    High reversal                          b+P            H     30
    Mid reversal                           b/d+P          M     30
    
    Notes
    -----
    P=Pai can reverse it (either high section punch/kick, or elbows)
    W=Wolf can reverse the side kick
    K=Kage can reverse the punch
    A=Akira can reverse it, high/mid/low
    @=Damage depends on the distance between you and the opponent.
    #=Opponent is knock down if it hits while standing, and staggers them if they
    are crouching, defending or non-defending.
    !=If it hits, the opponent will always go down.
     
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    |2) Move analysis|
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         In this section, I will try to show what seems to work most effectively 
    with Pai from my experience. 
     
    a) Basic moves
    ==============
         These moves are important since they setup your opponent for your
    attack.
    
    Low punch (d+P)
    --------- 
         I use this move to avoid a throw(see Akira faq) mostly since the
    reach is almost nonexistant.  However, it is good for setting up the heel 
    kick or a sweep from a distance.  The former strategy is similar to Kage's
    low kick into heel kick.  The latter strategy is similar to Jacky's punch 
    into sweep. You should instead block the sweep and immediately do the 
    cartwheel rollover. Buffer the first forward while you are blocking the 
    sweep then release the guard button and hit f+All.  You need to buffer the 
    first forward or the cartwheel will not come out quickly to stop the 
    impending kickflip of Jacky.  You can set up other kicks as well such as the 
    snap kick(K) or the side snap kick(f+K).  You need to mix up your moves so 
    don't be afraid to experiment.
    
    Low kick (d+K)
    --------
         The low kick aka ankle kick has better reach than the low punch and
    is a fairly safe move to do.  All the strategies with the low punch
    can be substituted with the low kick.  The low kick stands out as a good 
    follow up after two sequences.  The first one is P,P,P,G-cancel, d+K.  
    By hitting the defend button, you will get the ankle kick instead of the 
    sweep.  You should try to employ the guard cancel technique as much as you 
    can since it will buy you that extra edge in time which will make all the
    difference.  Another example of guard cancel is P,P,P,G-cancel,K,pounce.
    This one is more risky but it shows the advantage of guard cancelling
    to create more variation in your attack.  The second follow up is after
    a single sparrow kick(u/f+K),d+K.  
    
    Side kick (d/f+K)
    ---------
         The sidekick is one of the two uncounterable techniques.  It will 
    float your opponent if you catch them during an attack.  Immediately,
    execute the three punches into sweep combo.  After the side kick hits,
    slide the joystick from d/f to f and hit punch and execute the rest of the
    combo as usual.  By holding forward for the first punch, Pai will do a deeper
    jab.  This is especially necessary against the heavier opponents like Wolf
    and Jeffrey.  However, this does not guarantee that will you get all the
    hits against these heavyweights.  Against the lighter opponents(Pai, Sarah,
    Lion) you can sometimes get the crescent kick instead of the sweep.  In VF2,
    you must constantly adjust to what happens.  If your opponent lands, then
    do not execute the sweep portion.  I am not sure if you can guard cancel
    the sweep.  I usually make sure to stop with the punches.  The other use
    for the sidekick is when you stagger your opponent.  Do the chop while
    your opponent is staggered.  The chop will float the opponent and you can
    then do the punches into sweep combo.  I usually do the pounce on Wolf
    and Jeffrey since I have never been able to do the punches into sweep
    on them.  Make sure you hold forward for the first punch as well in this
    combo.
    
    Hopping attacks ( refer to the move list for stick motion)
    ---------------
         These moves can be useful but they should be used sparingly.  If they 
    connect you will usually float the opponent but chances are slim that
    you will connect.  Try to use the hopping double fist hammer(jump+p) or
    the hop kick(k while ascending) if your opponent likes to sweep.  Follow
    up with punches into sweep or crescent(depends on your opponent).  I 
    recommend that you don't use them because Pai is already so light and this 
    is a chance for your opponent to do their float combo.  Read Dugman's faq 
    on hopping attacks.  Also, don't forget to reverse the ascending hop kick 
    with back+P. 
    
    Large jumping moves ( refer to the move list for stick motion )
    -------------------
         Don't do the takeoff kick if your opponent is near the edge of the
    ring.  However, if time is low, then they might try to use the takeoff
    kick against you as you run in.  Let them do the takeoff kick and then
    do your takeoff kick to catch them in the air.  If they do it even more
    prematurely close the distance and do your punches into crescent combo.
    Basically, use these moves when time is low or if you are ahead enough
    to risk it.  The same applies to the hopping attacks.  An ideal situation
    to use the takeoff kick is when you are in danger of being ringed out.
    To the takeoff kick after you stagger your opponent with the sidekick or
    float him or her with your sidekick.
    
    Turning attacks ( refer to the move list for stick motion )
    ---------------
         Personally, I like the low double jab because it looks cool.  However, 
    the turn around heel slide does the most damage and you can usually follow
    up with a high pounce, but the heel slide has a slow recovery whereas
    the double jab is fast.  Also, don't forget the most important turn
    around attack which is simply to run away.  
    
    Pounce (U+P and d/f+P)
    ------
         Pai has the fastest pounce in the game.  This does not mean that 
    you should try for a pounce every time you knock down your opponent 
    especially since the range is not too far and the recovery is horrendous.
    You should try for the pounce after the following moves:  P,P,K; f,f+K; K;
    D, release+K; d/f+K(stagger), d/f+K; and d/f+K(stagger), chop.  These
    moves have a high rate of success for a pounce afterwards.  You can try
    the pounce after other knock down moves but I advise against since it
    is so easy to float Pai out of the ring if she misses the pounce.  Sometimes
    you will have to close the distance before you can pounce especially after
    the high lunging leg thrust(f,f+K).
         The ground punch(d/f+P) does little damage but every little bit is
    significant.  Punish opponents who like to stay down(Shun, Wolf, maybe 
    Lion?).  You can usually get a ground punch after a reversal, after a sweep,
    and after the  reaping throw and gut punch as well.  Go for a ground punch 
    since if your opponent is getting up, you will get a chop which has a decent
    recovery time for you to react to a rising kick or sweep.  However, keep
    in mind that it is only 10 points of damage so back away and reset yourself
    especially if you are low on energy or if you have your back to the edge
    of the ring and you are away from the center of the ring.
    
    b) Special moves
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    Punches (P,P,P)
    -------
         I use the single punch(P) to draw an attack for a reversal or to stop
    hit an attack.  Pai along with Sarah and Kage has one of the fastest punches
    in the game.  The idea of the stop hit is to hit your opponent as they
    start their attack.  Obviously, the timing is tricky since you will be
    floated if you miss.  If you are really close to the edge of the ring
    then go for the stop hit.  Most people will use a sidekick and reversing
    a sidekick will still leave you close to the edge.  If you are somewhat 
    close to the edge of the ring go for the reversal.  Most likely your opponent
    will go for their punches since they have to push you back. Now the situation
    is reversed and your opponent faces a ringout.  Also, it is easy to extend 
    the single punch into two more punches and if the stop hit is successful 
    then you will float the opponent leading to more hits.  Even if you only
    get the one hit, at least you have stopped his attack.  
         The double punch(P,P) sets up quite a few options.  You can immediately
    guard cancel into a sidekick, chop, or single sparrow kick if your opponent 
    likes to duck.  You can also try for the cartwheel(f,f+All).  This technique
    works well since you are already in motion it is harder for your opponent to
    pick it up than if they were just crouching and you ran in from a standing or
    motionless position.  Basically, you are testing their reaction speed when 
    most people are waiting for you to finish so they can counterattack.  If they
    are standing go for the DDT, ankle kick(d+K), or sweep in that order of 
    preference.
         The triple punch(P,P,P) can be used to retaliate a blocked sidekick
    of Akira.  You can also do the P,P,P,G-cancel,d+K.  Most of the strategies
    of the double punch will work but not as well since the last punch pushes
    them away further.  One counterattack you should be aware of is the throw.
    You can be thrown during the G-cancel phase so be ready to throw escape
    by hitting G+P.
    
    Punch-kick (P,K)
    ----------
         First, all the punch(es) into kick combos can have a delay between 
    the punch(es) and kick.  For example, P,pause,K will produce a punch
    followed by a short delay and then the spinning heel kick.  The pause
    can fool your opponent into thinking that you are finished with your attack
    and they will run into the kick.  The punch-kick is a quick counter to
    many successfully blocked moves for every character so you should become
    familiar with this sequence.
    
    Punch-punch-kick (P,P,K)
    ----------------
         Usually, I accidently get this combo instead of the punches into     
    sweep after I float my opponent.  The good news is that you can usually
    follow up with the pounce.  The best time to use this combo would be after
    the belly throw(b,d+G+P) especially if they are close to the edge of the
    ring.  Follow up with the pounce.  Note that only the K will connect after
    the belly throw.
    
    Punches into crescent kick (P,P,P,K)
    --------------------------
         First, you can use this combo to follow up a belly throw.  Note that 
    only the last punch and crescent kick will connect.  Don't pounce.  In 
    addition, after blocking Kage and Sarah's high knee(d,f+K) you can connect 
    with this combo and a pounce.  Also, you can occasionally connect after
    floating the lighter characters(Pai, Sarah, Lion) with the sidekick.  If
    after the third punch, your opponent is between the chin and chest of Pai
    go for the crescent.  Otherwise, do the sweep(d+K) instead.  Finally, you 
    can use this combo against flying(jumping) opponents.  The idea is to close
    the distance horizontally between you and your opponent.  Once you are
    vertically below your opponent start the combo and follow up with a pounce.
    Note that this move is dangerous since you must judge the height and lateral
    distance of the opponent in order to be successful.  It is a crowd pleaser
    however so go for it as often as you can.
    
    Punches into backflip kick (P,P,P,b+K)
    --------------------------
         Since the backflip kick is a mid-level attack and recovers faster
    than the crescent kick or the sweep, this attack is fairly useful.  This
    combo can replace the P,P,K combo after the belly throw and punches into
    sweep after a float because the punches into sweep and punches into crescent
    kick will move your opponent off-line whereas the P,P,K and punches into
    backflip kick will keep your opponent on the same line of movement as you.
    Therefore, if your attack drives your opponent close to the edge of the ring
    then you need to consider ringing out your opponent.
    
    Punches into sweep (P,P,P,d+K)
    ------------------            
    The most common use is after the sidekick float or sidekick,stagger,
    chop float.  Don't forget that you can pause after the third punch and
    then sweep.  This works well if your opponent is near the edge of the ring
    since he will naturally want to get further away from the edge of the ring.
    Another excellent time is after Kage misses his flying catapult(f,f+All).
    Run up to him as he is getting up and drive in.
    
    Chop (d/f+P)
    ----
         This move and the sidekick are the only uncounterable attacks that 
    Pai has.  This move will float the opponent after a sidekick that staggers
    which means you hit your opponent with a sidekick while he was crouching.
    Since the chop is a mid-level attack, I use it instead of the sidekick
    if I am close enough to throw and he is crouching.  A useful tactic is
    to back off(b,b) and then throw a sidekick or the jabbing footwork(b,b+P)
    after the chop.  If the chop staggers then go for a sidekick and follow that
    with a pounce.
    
    Dodge into punch (d/b+P)
    ----------------
         I have heard people on the net say that you can dodge Jacky's kickflip 
    and Kage's rolling somersault kick.  The dodge into punch replaces the first 
    punch in all of the punch combos.  This move would be much more useful and 
    realistic if Pai would move her body instead of just her head.  Hopefully,
    Sega will change this in VF3 for Sarah, Pai, and Kage.  However, this move
    has it's use.  First, if you anticipate a high punch and your opponent is
    closer to the edge then you do not want to do the high reversal because now
    you would eliminate the threat of a ringout and you are closer to the edge.
    Therefore, a dodge into punch followed by a kick would keep your opponent
    close to the edge of the ring.  So the combo is d/b+P, K followed by a 
    pounce usually.  Second, this move can get you behind your opponent or at
    least to their side against certain moves.  The two moves I have tested
    against are the clothesline of Wolf and Shun's dodge forward move but I
    suspect it works against Lion's step forward moves as well.  Again this
    is mostly an anticipation counter.  You have to execute the dodge into
    punch before or simultaneously with your opponent's move.  Against the
    clothesline you will be behind Wolf while he is still recovering.  Drive
    in with punches into sweep.  You save time by not having to duck and then
    turn around to attack.  Against Shun you are in between being directly
    behind him and to his side.  Attack with punches with sweep or crescent kick.
    Only go for the crescent kick if you float Shun.  Both Shun's and Wolf's
    moves go to the side and forward and thus I suspect that this will work
    against Lion as well.
    
    Jabbing footwork (b,b+K)
    ----------------
         Pai steps back and then steps forward with a high-level chop.  The
    only use I know of this move is against Akira who overuses the elbow.  
    However, you must set up the distance correctly so it is difficult.  The
    timing is earlier than a mid-level reversal.  In other words, you must
    anticipate the motion and enter the motion compared to doing the
    mid-level reversal.  I hope that made sense.
    
    Single sparrow kick (u/f+K)
    -------------------
         Another useful mid-level attack.  This move is not reversible(whereas
    the chop and sidekick are reversible), covers ground quickly, and has little 
    recovery time.  If the opponent stands go for the DDT(first option) or the 
    low kick.  After the low kick, chop, back off and sidekick.  This way you   
    can back off while lowering your chances for a retaliation throw or attack.
    If he remains crouching go for the chop(first option) or the sidekick and
    followup with your choice of attack.  Try this move if your opponent likes
    to sweep as they get up.  Sometimes, you will get behind them.  It seems  
    you have to start the swallow kick earlier than the sweep to get behind
    them.  Thanks is owed to the CPU Pai here.
    
    Double sparrow kick (u/f+K,K)
    -------------------
         This move is extremely dangerous if you miss because your opponent
    can do anything he wants.  Even if the first kick connects, the second kick
    can miss giving ample time for your opponent to retalitate with their best.
    Furthermore, on bigger opponents like Jeffrey and Wolf, I have hit with both
    kicks and they did not go down leaving me to the Crucifix or Hurl and Twirl.
    I am not sure if it had to do with my stance but it's not worth the damage
    of the second kick to lose the match.  However, there are times the move 
    can be used but I just wanted to illustrate the danger of this move because
    the double sparrow kick looks nice so people tend to overuse it(including
    myself).  You can do this move after a cartwheel over the opponent even 
    against Lion if he does the turn around low kick since you will hop over
    his kick.  Even if the second hit misses(which means that they ran away)
    you should have enough time to recover before your opponent attacks since
    they have to run away to miss the second kick.  Another time to try the
    double sparrow kick is after you escape the G+P throw of Sarah.  Most 
    Sarah's will try to sweep you so the sparrow kick will hop over the sweep.
    The same applies to all the turnaround sweeps or sweeps in general.  
    Donny Chan said that you can use it against Kage's flying kick or drill kick
    but I haven't tried since I usually will block the drill kick or duck under
    the catapult kick.  However, if you are near the edge of the ring then
    the drill kick will push you out even if you block it.  Therefore, the
    double swallow kick would be an excellent way to stop the ringout.
    
    Heel Kick (D,release+K)
    ---------
         This move has good reach and if it connects you can usually follow up
    with a pounce.  Set it up with a low punch or low kick.  It's a good air     
    counter as well.  The heel kick will connect after blocking Lau's and
    Pai's punches into sweep combo.  Hold down and block to stop the sweep
    then release the joystick(return to neutral) and hit the kick button.
    Followup with a pounce.  This kick can be reversed by Akira and Pai.  
    This move will hit crouching opponents only if they are close to you.  
    It they are that close go for the sidekick or chop.  
    
    Sweep (D+G+K)
    -----
         If your opponent likes to get up with a rising kick, then position
    yourself just out of reach of the kick and sweep.  Afterwards, you can     
    connect with a ground punch.  I usually use the sweep as I am backing
    away(while covering your exit with chops, sidekicks, low kick as I already
    covered).  You want try to use the reach of the sweep so even if it is 
    blocked you have more time to cover up.  Never use the sweep while running
    in because any sidekick will catch it.  On the flipside, if your opponent
    is running in from the other side of the ring, then don't use the sweep
    either because they will probably come in with a knee or takeoff kick or
    some other flying move.  Too many new Pai players overuse the sweep.  
    
    Crescent Kick (G+K)
    -------------
         A decent air counter.  If your opponent loves to punch, then you can
    catch them with it.  However, most experienced players will punish you
    dearly for even trying.  The best time to try is if your opponent is really
    close to the edge of the ring.  He might try to fight his way out with 
    punches.  This kick cannot be reversed.
    
    Reverse Crescent Kick (B+G+K)
    ---------------------
         The kick can be reversed by both Pai and Akira.  It is faster
    than the crescent kick but has less reach.  It's uses are similar to the
    crescent kick but it has less of a recovery.  I tend to use this move
    more often than the crescent kick.  Note that I don't use these moves
    too often as it is. 
    
    Backflip (u/b)
    --------
         Multiple backflips are nice to look at but I prefer dashing back or
    crouch dashing.
    
    Backflip kick (u/b+K)
    -------------
         The most consistent use for this move is as an air counter for
    people who like to try drop kicks or hammer drop.  Again, timing and 
    distancing is tricky.  Also, you can catch people who like to punch
    by anticipating their attack.  It's fairly slow and recovery is bad so
    don't use it too often.  However, it is a mid-level attack so against
    people who crouch too much try doing P,P,G-cancel,u/b+K or P,G-cancel,u/b+K.
    If the kick connects, you can usually followup with a pounce.
    
    High lunging leg thrust (f,f+K)
    -----------------------
         One use for this kick is against airbourne opponents.  Another is     
    to punish people who do the rising kick even if you are out of range.
    Another is to catch people who run in from a distance.  The kick is fairly
    quick and is the longest of Pai's kicks.  A good use is against someone  
    who like to strike and then back off.  You can buffer the first forward
    while you block and then as they back out, immediately enter f+K.  Or you
    can try to catch them as they enter.  Don't do it in close since it has bad 
    recovery and is a high-level attack.  You can almost always followup with a 
    pounce.  Be aware that this kick can be reversed by Akira and Pai.
    
    Snap Kick (K)
    ---------
         First, I usually do this move with a b+K or B+K do differentiate from
    the side snap kick(f+K).  This move is quick and flips your opponent so
    that their head is closer than their feet and their face is down.  You
    can almost always connect with a pounce.  It's a good attack if someone
    is rushing in.  However, you can forego the pounce and attempt to draw
    a rising attack or sweep.  The rising attacks and sweeps of most characters
    are slower because of the position they are lying on the ground.  If they
    sweep go for the swallow kick.  If they do a rising kick, block and throw
    or back off and sweep.
    
    Side snap kick (f+K)
    --------------
         This kick is a mid-level attack as well but has a shorter reach than 
    the sidekick.  Since this advances you forward, don't use this kick 
    consecutively too many times.  Two should really be the max you do in a row.  
    You can stagger someone and followup with a chop or pounce.  Again, too many 
    beginning Pai players seem to overuse this kick as well.  However, it can
    be used as part of a furry of punches, low kicks, and other low damage
    but annoying moves.  
    
    c) Throws
    =========
         
    Wrist twist (G+P)
    -----------
         The wrist twist is a very basic throw but it has its uses.  First,
    the throw doesn't have too much motion similar to Lion's G+P throw so it
    is harder to notice and therefore harder to escape.  Secondly, the throw does 
    not leave you as vulnerableas some of the other P+G throws escapes since both 
    players will have their backs to each other. This can be useful especially if 
    you're opponent is near the edge of the ring.  This will force them to come 
    toward you and utilizing Pai's speed you can try for a ringout.  In addition, 
    you can usually followup with a ground punch.  Since the motion is so simple,
    I like to use it after my opponent gets up without a rising attack to see
    if they are awake.
    
    DDT (f,d+P)
    ---
         The DDT is the most useful throw that Pai has.  By adding an extra     
    forward, the range of the DDT is considerable.  So the modified motion
    for the DDT is f,f,d+P.  If your opponent crouches, then you will get a low
    punch which is relatively safe move.  At the start of the round, you can
    usually nail the modified DDT on your opponent.  However, don't overuse
    it.  I usually start the round with the modified DDT one out of three 
    rounds or even less often.  In addition, you can use the DDT to ringout
    your opponent or put him close to the edge since you will change body 
    positions after the DDT.  Try going for the modified DDT after you block
    an attack; you'll be surprised how often you will get the DDT.  Make sure
    you learn the normal DDT(f,d+p) as well especially against Akira's who
    repeat the rushing elbow.  Adding the extra forward delays the DDT and
    your opponent is already in range.  Furthermore, if they miss an attack 
    close to you and then you do the DDT, you will get extra damage as a 
    counterthrow.  The normal motion is faster so you will have a higher chance
    of success for a counterthrow.  BTW, for you Wolf players the modified DDT
    motion works well with his drop kick.  Just do f,f,d+K.  
    
    Belly throw (b,d+G+P)
    -----------
        This throw combined with the punches into crescent kick is Pai's most
    damaging combo.  You get 30 points for the belly throw, 12 points for
    the third punch, and 50 points for the crescent kick for a total of 92.
    Don't get greedy and pounce.  The pounce will only connect if your 
    opponent doesn't try to get up.  This is a true combo; you just have to
    make sure that you start the punches as soon as you can.  The easy way
    is to keep on mashing the punch button.  Make sure the joystick is neutral
    when you hit kick or you won't get the crescent kick.  What I do is
    wait to see them stumble and as their head begins to rise above Pai's
    knee I start pushing punch.  This move has decent range as well.  What
    I do is hold block and move the joystick back when they are right outside
    it's range then hit d,G+P just as they enter the throw range.  This works
    well against blocked attacks as well by holding G and buffering the
    backwards motion while blocking the attack.  
    
    Reaping throw and gut punch (f,f+G+P)
    ---------------------------
        This move is useful in conjuction with the cartwheel(f,f+G+P+K) since
    the cartwheel only adds one extra button press.  If they're standing you
    get the reaping throw and if they're crouching you get the cartwheel.
    Against heavier opponents like Wolf and Jeffrey you can usually slip in
    another gut punch.  Make sure hit you hit guard first to guard-cancel.
    This throw has as much range as the modified DDT because the f,f gives
    you that extra distance.  
    
    Pushover (b,f+P)
    --------
        Since the DDT does the same amount, one could wonder what the use of 
    this move is.  Both will get you to the other side of your opponent but
    the pushover will put you on your feet immediately.  So if time is low
    and you are ahead then you can run away whereas the DDT would leave you
    lying close to your opponent.
    
    Cartwheel (f,f+All)
    ---------
        This move will get you behind your opponent so if your opponent is
    crounching and you want to switch sides this is the move to do.  Plus,
    it can't be reversed like Pai's other mid-level attacks.  The sweep will
    connect against everybody except Lion and possibly Shun.  Lion's turnaround
    low kick is super fast and Shun can roll away(not sure if I was slow).
    Other attacks include double sparrow kick, sidekick, punches into sweep,
    or low punch/kick into heel kick.  Since most Lions I have encountered
    like the low turnaround kick, just block it low and then throw them with
    G+P.  I think a sidekick will catch Shun while he is rolling away but I am
    pretty sure the sweep will get him.  Followup with a pounce against Wolf
    and Jeffrey(always works after a sweep) or a ground punch against the others.
    You can also do a cartwheel after blocking certain attacks such as the
    Bryant's low side kick, Lion's double low kick, or Chan's sweep.  Buffer
    the first forward by moving the joystick forward while blocking the attack.
    Then immediately hit f+All after the attack is finished.
    
    e) Reversals
    ============
        Pai's reversals don't do too much damage compared to other reversals, 
    but they are easy to do.  You can add a ground punch after a reversal as
    well.  The purpose of Pai's reversal is to frustate the opponent not to
    punish them.  They are essential to her defensive style of fighting.  
    When I play Pai, I try to outlast my opponent for 30 seconds at a time.
    I don't really go for the knockout so the reversals eat up time, do some 
    damage, and force the opponent to change their strategy.
     
    High attack reversal (b+P)
    -------------------- 
         A detailed list of moves reversable by the high reversal will follow 
    in another section.  Since every character possesses P,P,P, you should
    first learn to reverse this.  You as a Pai player must draw a counter by 
    making them block an attack or chip away with punches, low kicks and punches,
    and other similar moves.  Eventually, you will be able to blend the 
    reversals with your attacks.  The first thing to learn is which attacks
    are reversible so study the list. 
    
    Mid attack reversal (b/d+P)
    -------------------
         The mid attack reversal is much harder to time and if your opponent
    doesn't attack then you will get the dodge into punch.  Again, since every
    character possesses the sidekick you should first learn to reverse this.
    You can draw mid-level attacks by crouching but it is dangerous to sit
    still.  Therefore, you can combine the mid-level reversal with crouch
    dashing backwards.  Crouch dashing is dashing forward or back while 
    remaining crouching.  You hit down and then quickly hit d/f,d/f or d/b,d/b.
    By adding a punch while you are crouch dashing backwards, you can avoid
    high attacks and reverse mid-level attacks.  The obvious danger here is
    a knee attack so be careful.
     
    +===================+
    |3) Multiple attacks|
    +===================+
     
         This section summarizes some of Pai's combos and attacks that can be 
    done consecutively depending on the opponents.  Obviously lighter characters 
    float better allowing for more variety and opportunity of combos.  In 
    addition, hitting the opponent while they are in the process of executing an 
    attack floats them higher.  There are some combos I need to check before
    I add to the list.  I will update this portion of the FAQ when I check.
     
    Summary
    =======
    If opponent staggers after a sidekick (d/f+K):
         Punches                      P,P,P
         Punch-kick                   P,K
         Sidekick                     d/f+K
         Chop                         d/f+P
         sparrow kicks                u/f+K,K
         takeoff kick                 U/F+K
     
    If opponent floats after the side kick(d/f+K):
         Punch-kick                   P,K
         Punch-punch-kick             P,P,K
         Punches into sweep           P,P,P,d+K
         Punches into crescent kick   P,P,P,K
         Punches into flip kick       P,P,P,b+K
         Sidekick                     d/f+K
         Chop                         d/f+P
         sparrow kicks                u/f+K,K
         takeoff kick                 U/F+K
    
    When opponent floats after chop which follows a sidekick that staggers     
         Punch-kick                   P,K
         Punch-punch-kick             P,P,K
         Punches into sweep           P,P,P,d+K
         Punches into crescent kick   P,P,P,K
         Punches into flip kick       P,P,P,b+K
         Sidekick                     d/f+K
         Chop                         d/f+P
         sparrow kicks                u/f+K,K
         takeoff kick                 U/F+K
    
    After belly throw 
         Punch-punch-kick             P,P,K        Note: only K connects
         Punches into sweep           P,P,P,d+K    Note: only last P and K hit
         Punches into crescent kick   P,P,P,K      Same as above
         Punches into flip kick       P,P,P,b+K    Same as above
         Sidekick                     d/f+K
         Chop                         d/f+P
         sparrow kicks                u/f+K,K
         takeoff kick                 U/F+K
         
    +=================+
    |4) Rising attacks|
    +=================+
         This is straight out of Joji's Akira FAQ but this information is 
    useful for any VF2 player:
    
         You may be wondering, "A whole section for rising attacks?"  Well, yes. 
     They are an important part of this game.  Unlike VF1 where you had a limited 
    number of ways to get up (also turning around attack), VF2 has a multitude of 
    ways of getting up.  And knowing how to do these becomes crucial.
         When playing against good players (or watching them) you may notice they 
    don't execute much rising attacks, if at all. That's because it opens you up 
    to counters (however, rising attacks cannot be reversed--i.e. Pai cannot grab 
    your kick), and good players will make you pay for making that opening.  
         A good tactic may be to come in close when they are down, and tease them 
    to throw a rising attack.  If you know how to block them or dodge them 
    (better yet, make them hit thin air), you can, a lot of times, get a free 
    attack.  This brings me to stress the fact that you need to be familiar with 
    the different types of attacks by your opponents.  This is difficult because 
    in VF2, the rising attacks look deceiving and can be executed from many 
    different positions.
     
    Akira's rising attacks
    ----------------------
         First, a review of the rising attacks. There are four ways you can get 
    knocked down. They are as follows:
    1)Facing up, feet towards opponent.
    2)Facing up, head towards opponent.
    3)Facing down, feet towards opponent.
    4)Facing down, head towards opponent.
         In addition, when you are knocked down, there are four ways to get up. 
    They are as follows: 
    1)In place:  Tap the punch button repeatedly to get up faster. 
    2)Roll side ways: Tap the guard button repeatedly to get up faster.
    3)Roll backwards: Tap away from your opponent.
    4)Head spring: Tap up.
         For every rising attack, you can attack either mid level or low level.  
    Each rising attack has a damage of 20.
     
         The rising attacks will differ with the situations listed above.  Since 
    you have 3 ways to attack while getting up, and 4 ways of starting the 
    motion, and 2 levels of attack, you have 24 rising attacks to choose from!  
    Get to know them, and use them effectively.  The list will have the mid level 
    attack listed first, then the low level attack.  To get the different levels, 
    just press kick for mid level attacks, and hold down and kick for low level 
    attacks.
     
    Move
    ====
    In place, facing up, feet towards opponent
              Side kick (Zensentai)
              Sliding kick(Ochogeri)              *
         Facing up, head towards opponent
              Side kick (Haisentai)
              Long range sliding kick (Chisokyaku)*
         Facing down, feet towards opponent
              Side kick (Kosentai)
              Sliding kick (Kosokyaku)            *
         Facing down, head towards opponent
              Side kick (Koshoutai)
              Double footed kick into back spin   -
    Rolling, facing up, feet towards opponent
              Side kick (Kosentai)
              Low spinning kick (Katsumensotai)
         Facing up, head towards opponent
              Side kick (Haisentai)
              Low spinning kick (Katsumensotai)
         Facing down, feet towards opponent
              Side kick (Kosentai)
              Low spinning kick (Katsumensotai)
         Facing down, head towards opponent
              Side kick (Koshoutai)
              Low spinning kick (Katsumensotai)
    Backwards, facing up, feet towards opponent
              Low roundhouse kick (Katsumensentai)
              Low spinning kick (Katsumensotai)
         Facing up, head towards opponent
              Double high mule kick (Sokikyaku)   -
              Double low mule kick (Sokisokyaku)  -
         Facing down, feet towards opponent
              Double high mule kick (Sokikyaku)   -
              Double low mule kick (Sokisokyaku)  -
         Facing down, head towards opponent
              Low roundhouse kick (Katsumensentai)
              Low spinning kick (Katsumensotai) 
     
         Well, the list doesn't really describe what's effective.  So I'll pick 
    out the ones that are useful. The sliding kicks are very useful because of 
    its deceptive long range.  These are marked with an asterix(*).  And the side 
    kicks are all useful (see second next paragraph).  The ones you DON'T want to 
    use too often are the double mule kicks and the infamous double footed kick 
    into back spin.  They all have very short range and the mule kicks allow for 
    severe counters if you miss all together.  These are marked with a negative 
    sign(-). In addition, the low roundhouse kick and the low spinning kick all 
    have a motion that is easy to be anticipated by your opponent.  Don't use 
    them too often.
         Akira's low rising attacks, however, can be countered quite easily if 
    blocked.  The most notorious is Sarah's triple kick after blocking a low 
    rising attack.  So the best bet is to only use them once in a while, and 
    stick to getting up without an attack. This is true only for playing against 
    more advanced players since they are the ones who can exploit the weaknesses 
    of the different rising attacks (as well as know what to avoid). I know its 
    tempting to attack, but believe it or not, you are invincible while you are 
    getting up (NOT getting up with an attack, but getting up WITHOUT an attack). 
     Well....invincible to a degree.  Its just that there is so little room for 
    your opponent to counter.  Their attack will actually go through you if they 
    attempt one, but remember it is still possible to time the attack as you are 
    getting up (without an attack), but that's real tough.
         Akira's side kicks from rising is very unique from all other characters' 
    because he kicks straight out. What this means is that even if the character 
    tries to dodge the kick at the tip of your foot, it'll hit.  I'm sure you 
    have noticed that other characters have side kicks that go slightly upwards, 
    allowing the opponent to stay in closer without being hit.  If you see your 
    opponents doing this, nail them with the side kick.
         Also, there are times when you land off-line from your opponent.  This 
    means that you are not going to hit your opponent with you rising attack.  
    The classical example is after Jeffry's P+G throw (backflip), where you land 
    perpendicular to Jeffry.  In these and many other cases, don't try any rising 
    attacks because you'll be wide open for them to attack.
         There is actually one very good use for the headspring.  This is true 
    for all characters playing against Lau.  If you get knocked down fighting 
    against Lau, opponents will usually try for the double stomp.  When this 
    happens, just tap Punch repeatedly and hold up.  You will escape the second 
    stomp 95% of the time.  
         When your opponent is rising, don't get too greedy and aim for a free 
    shot, although be aware of it.  If they do a high spinning kick, just knock 
    them down with a dashing palm.  Same with a low spin. The trick is to stay 
    right out of range so that you don't block it.  Also, watch out for Wolf and 
    Kage's rolling attacks if they roll backwards.  Don't follow into it.  In 
    addition, Lion and Shun both have some weird rising attacks, so don't stay 
    too close if they know how to use them effectively. In addition, all rising 
    attacks cannot be reversed.
     
    ------------------------------------
    +==================================+
    |   Part II: Putting it together   |
    +==================================+
    ------------------------------------
    
    *Note* Again, this is straight out of Joji's Akira FAQ but this is vital
    info for any VF2 player.  I will add pertinent information for Pai to 
    replace specifics for Akira.
    
    Contents:
    1)Stuff you need to know
         a)Escape from throws
         b)Crouching dash
         c)Stances 
         d)The use of the Guard button
         e)Counters
    2)Strategy
     
    +======================+
    |Stuff you need to know|
    +======================+
     
         In this section, I want to describe some of Akira and non-Akira specific 
    tricks of the VF2 operation you need to know in order to play even better.
     
    Escape from throws
    ------------------
         This is something you need to learn in order to be successful at this 
    game.  All it is to press P+G when your opponent grabs you.  But its too late 
    when you see the graphics being shown, so calmly admit that you've been 
    thrown.  Its actually within 10 frames of your opponent pressing the P+G.  
    (Note, it's back+P+G for Jeffry's body press).
         The way to effectively use this is to know when people go for a throw. 
    It is obvious at some times, such as when you block a knee kick.  At these 
    times, always enter P+G in case.  If they hadn't entered P+G, you'll get the 
    throw anyway.
         This makes Akira is very good at escaping throws since all of his break 
    stance moves are P+G, you are protected against another P+G throw, yet they 
    cannot escape yours.  
     
    Crouching dash 
    --------------
         As you all should know, you can dash forward by tapping forward twice, 
    and run if you hold the forward direction.  What advanced operation am I 
    going to tell you?  That's crouching dash.  You can actually dash forward or 
    backwards while still maintaining the crouch position (more like a 'hop').  
    Although you can't go as fast, it seems like you can go the same distance.  
    This is very useful to back off an attack while avoiding any high attacks.  
         However, the motion is kind of tricky.  You have to remain crouching and 
    tap forward (or backwards) twice.  Don't tap forward, but forward/down (or 
    back/down).  It will definitely take awhile to figure out, but learn it since 
    its useful.
     
    Stances
    -------
         A feature that most people, I'm sure, are confused or wondering what it 
    really means.  I'll describe it best I can.
         There are two stances.  1)Closed stance and 2)open stance.  The stances 
    are shown below.
     
                    Player A    Player B             Player A     Player B
    Feet positions:  X         X                     X                   X
                            X         X                     X     X
                    Closed Stance                   Open Stance
     
         Closed stance is the standard stance, and the open stance occurs when 
    you do a move (i.e. knee kick, double punch) it will change into open stance. 
     However, the open stance will switch back to closed stance if you walk a 
    bit, but the dash forward or backwards keeps the stance as it is (so you can 
    maintain your open stance).
         As you may notice, when you are in closed stance, you and your opponent 
    are closer together than you are in open stance, because your feet position 
    can overlap.  This is why the throws become difficult in open stance since 
    you need to be very close to your opponent to execute a throw (probably you 
    need to be in close as you can).  This is true for throws that require you to 
    press back at the end, causing you to go backwards a little bit.  This gives 
    Wolf and Jeffry an advantage because their throws have a slightly longer 
    range (1.5 meters instead of 1.4 meters).  In addition, some moves won't hit 
    in open stance such as Akira's elbow.
         This becomes important when you want to counter (refer to counter 
    section for more detail), since some counters will not hit unless you are in 
    either open or closed stance.
         It is a good thing to always keep the stances in mind.  If you want to 
    switch stances, dash back and use your double punch.
     
    Use of the guard button
    -----------------------
         There are some neat ways to use the guard button.  First, you can enter 
    a command while holding the guard button and execute the technique 
    immediately after releasing the guard with the last stick motion and the 
    buttons required.  The second way is to use the guard button to cancel your 
    attack, or a sequence of attack.
     
         1) I will list the moves that allow you to enter the commands while 
    holding guard.  The motion in the brackets are while holding the guard, and 
    the motion outside the brackets are after releasing the guard button. These 
    are:
         DDT:                  (f),d+P
         Modified DDT:         (f,f),d+P
         Belly throw:          (b),d+G+P
         Pushover:             (b),f+P
         Reaping throw:        (f),f+P+K
         Cartwheel:            (f),f+All
         Lunging leg thrust:   (f),f+K
     
         2)A good way to use the guard button to cancel your technique is after a 
    kick.  Press the kick button, press the guard button to cancel, and go an 
    attack or a throw.  A little difficult, but the opponent will think you're 
    going to kick, so they will stand up against a side kick or a normal kick, 
    and maybe try to crouch against a high kick.  For the first case, dash in and 
    throw, and for the second case, do a dashing elbow.  
         Also, were there times when you wanted to do a ground punch after a dash 
    on a knocked down opponent, but got a dashing elbow or a normal elbow 
    instead?  In that case, tap the guard button, and do the ground punch.  This 
    works well when you don't have much time to hit the opponent.  So the motion 
    becomes: f,f,G,d/f+P.  You can do the ground punch real quickly.
         Another way to use the guard button is to achieve more sophisticated 
    distance control.  How?  Press the guard button in the middle of a dash.  You 
    get a shorter distance.  This allows for a more precise distance management, 
    and allows you to dash backwards just enough to escape a side kick, for 
    example.  If you did a normal dash you'd be way out of range, which is good, 
    but won't allow for you to go back in for an attack that well.   
     
    Counters
    --------
         This is where I describe what this is.  Refer to Part IV for counters to 
    specific characters.
         What is a counter?  It is commonly referred to as the moves I call the 
    reversals.  However, what I mean by counters is different.  It is when your 
    opponent attacks, and you BLOCK it, for many attacks, you have a free hit or 
    a free throw on your opponent. Notice, however, you HAVE to block it.  If 
    your opponent misses it, you actually are in a better position, but that's 
    something everyone tries to avoid, and people use it to draw you in for 
    another attack (ie kickflip when you go in for a throw, etc).  
         There are two counters.  1) attack and 2) throw.  For example, when you 
    block Jacky's elbow-heel kick (f+P,K), you can counter with a dashing elbow 
    ALL the time.  Surprised?  When you block Sarah's toe kick-side kick (d+K,K), 
    you can ALWAYS go in for a punch-kick or even a throw.  The throw counters 
    are much more difficult, but, if done properly, the opponent CANNOT even low 
    punch to avoid your attack!  The way to do that is to dash in immediately 
    after you can move.  Much harder than the attack counters, but if you can do 
    it, and use throws that cannot be escaped, you can throw them every time.  
    But remember, it's mutch harder to get the exact timing.
         However, not all attacks can be countered, and not all counterable 
    attacks can be countered with any moves.  Refer to Part IV for which moves to 
    counter with what.  But I have mentioned that Akira's dashing elbow and side 
    kick cannot be countered, this is what I meant by it.  So if you go in for a 
    dashing elbow, no attack (of course not for low attacks) or a throw will be a 
    free hit.  It essentially is "safe" to throw those attack, provided you make 
    them BLOCK it.  That's the key point.  Make them block it.
    
    * Note * For Pai, her sidekick and chop are "uncounterable."
    
    --------------------------------------------
    +==========================================+
    |   Part III: How to fight this guy/gal?   |
    +==========================================+
    --------------------------------------------
    Contents:
    1) Moves you can and can't counter
    2) Moves you can and can't reverse
    
    Note to readers:
         1) Remember this about the counters.  You have to block it. This 
    guarantees you a counter.  If not, you can be in better or worse 
    position--its hard to say for many of the attacks.  A lot of moves like the 
    rising attacks and power attacks (ie pppk) will give you ample opening to 
    attack if they completely miss. But everyone will try to avoid that anyway.  
    People actually use your "desire" to rush in and attack to nail you (miss an 
    attack and kickflip is a good example).  The point is that even if it seems 
    like you have no time to counter because you become immobile for a while as 
    well, you have moves that will always hit them. Also note that there are 
    moves that you CANNOT counter (like Akira's dashing elbow and side kick).  
    But in these cases, you should try to NOT block them, allowing for you to go 
    in while they are retracting their attack.  So try and make them miss it by a 
    few inches, or just don't counter.  Refer to each character for more detail.
         2) The list for the counters is not in anyway a full list.  Most of them 
    were taken from the GamestMook.  Find for yourself what works and what 
    doesn't!
         3) All high punches, high kick are reversed by a high reverse.  All side 
    kicks with a midlevel reverse.  All low punch and low kick are with a low 
    reverse.  
         4) Only a very few spinning kicks can be reversed (Sarah's d,b+K,K, Pai 
    and Lau's d,neutral+K, etc).  All double handed techniques, toekicks(except 
    Sarah's which is her punt kick), kickflips, knee kicks, rising attacks, 
    attacks from a large jump, and hopping attacks(except for some hopping 
    midlevel kicks-but none of the low level hopping kicks and hopping punches) 
    cannot be reversed.
     
    +=================================+
    |1)Moves you can and can't counter|
    +=================================+
     
    Move                           Counter             Note
    ====                           =======             ====
    vs. Jacky 
    ---------
    Side kick(d/f+K)               punch-kick
    Punt kick(f,f+K)               punch-kick
                                   snap kick
                                   any throw
    Elbow-heel kick(f+P,K)         punch-kick
                                   any throw
    Beatknuckle(P+K)               punch-kick           Only open stance
                                   snap kick
                                   any throw
    Knee kick(f+K)                 punch-kick
    Low side kick(D+K+G)           cartwheel
    Kickflip(u/b+K)                dash forward punch-kick
                                   dash forward throw
    moves you can't
    ---------------
    side hook kick(b+K)
    low backfist(b/d+P)
     
    vs. Sarah
    ---------
    Side kick(d/f+K)               punch-kick
    Toekick-sidekick(d+K,K)        punch-kick
                                   throw
    Triple kick(d/f+K,K,K)         punch-kick           the third kick will
                                   sweep                never hit Pai unless
                                   any throw            she is floated
    Elbow-knee(f+P,K)              punch-kick
    Kickflip(u/b+K)                dash punch-kick
                                   dash throw
    Low sidekick(D+K+G)            cartwheel
    
    moves you can't
    ---------------
    side hook kick(b/d+K+G)
     
    vs. Lau
    -------
    backwards kickflip(u/b+K)      hold forward,punch-kick 
                                   throw
    ppp,low sweep(p,p,p,d+K)       heel kick
    Heel kick(d,neutral+K)         punch-kick
                                  
    moves you can't
    ---------------
    side kick(d/f+K) 
     
    vs. Pai
    -------
    backwards kickflip(u/b+K)      hold forward,punch-kick
                                   throw
    ppp, low sweep(p,p,p,d+K)      heel kick
    Swallow kick(u/f+K,K)          throw(go for the best you've got)
    High snap kick(K)              punch-kick
                                   snap kick 
    Heel kick(d,neutral+K)         punch-kick
    
    moves you can't
    ---------------
    side kick(d/f+K)
    downward chop(d/f+P)
     
    vs. Wolf
    --------
    Knee kick(f+K)                 punch-kick
    Body blow(f+P)                 punch-kick
    Side kick(d/f+K)               punch-kick
                                   punches
    Low double kick(f,d+K)         dashing throw
     
    moves you can't
    ---------------
    punch,punch,uppercut(ppp)
     
    vs. Jeffry
    ----------
    Axe kick(f,d+K)                punch-kick
    Knee kick(f+K)                 punch-kick
    Elbow(f+P)                     punch-kick
    Side kick(d/f+K)               punch-kick
                                   punches
    Uppercut(d/f+P)                punch-kick
     
    moves you can't
    ---------------
    dashing elbow(f,f+P)
    double uppercut(d/f+P,P)
    head butt(f+P+K) 
     
    vs. Kage
    --------
    Heel kick(d+K+G)               punch-kick
    pppk                           hold forward,punch-kick
                                   throw
    flying drill kick(f,f+K+G)     throw(sure bet for belly throw)
    Low sweep(b,b/d+K)             single sparrow kick
    Low turning kick(b,b+K+G)      single sparrow kick
     
    moves you can't
    ---------------
    backthrust kick(b+K+G)
    downward chop(d+P+K)
    side kick
     
    vs. Shun
    --------
    Cartwheel kick(f,f+K)          punch-kick
                                   throw(sure bet for belly throw)
    Jumping spinning kick(K+G)     hold forward, punch-kick
                                                      Only closed stance
    Uppercut(d/f+P)                punch-kick
                                   throw
    Running punches(f+P)           dash throw
                                   Anything else you please
    moves you can't
    ---------------
    side kick
     
    vs. Lion
    --------
    Double low kick(D+K,K)         Side kick
                                   cartwheel(?)
    punch-kick                     punch-kick
                                   throw
    Low sweep(D+K+G)               side kick-chop
    
    moves you can't
    ---------------
    side kick
    long range fist(f,f+P)
     
    vs. Akira
    ---------
    dashing palm(d,f+P)            punch-kick       except Wolf and Jeffry
    double palm(d,b,f+P)           punch-kick
                                   throw
    body check(b,f,f+P)            punch-kick
                                   throw
    sidekick(d/f+K)                punches 
    
    moves you can't
    ---------------
    dashing elbow
    
     
    +==================================+
    |2) Moves you can and can't reverse|
    +==================================+
     
    Move                             Level
    ====                             =====
    Common to all characters
    -------------------------
    Any high punches                 H
    (Including turning around punches)
    High roundhouse kicks            H
    (Including turning around high kicks, and kicks from PK and PPK combos, 
    excluding Jacky's punch-spinkick which is PK)
    Side kicks                       M
    Elbow strikes                    M
     
    vs. Jacky
    ---------
    Smash hook(d/f+P)                H
    High backfist(b+P)               H
    Beatknuckle(P+K)                 H
    Side hook kick(b+K)              H
    Punt kick(f,f+K)                 H
    Lighting kicks(d+P+K,K...)       ?
    
    vs. Sarah
    ---------
    Roundhouse kick(u or u/f+K)      M
    Toekick(d+K)                     H
    Doublekick(b+K)                  H
    Spinning kick(d,b+K)             H
    2nd spinning kick(d,b+K,K)       H
    Side hook kick(d/b+K+G)          H
    Backfist(d/f+P)                  H
     
    vs. Lau
    -------
    knife hand(d/f+P)                H
    dashing knife(d/f,d/f+P)         H
    heel kick(d,neutral+K)           H
    backfist(d/b+P)                  H
     
    vs. Pai
    -------
    downward chop(d/f+P)             H
    lunging leg thrust(f,f+K)        H
    reverse crescent kick(b+K+G)     H
    heel kick(d,neutral+K)           H
    side snap kick(f+K)              H
     
    vs. Wolf
    --------
    uppercuts(d/f+P)                 H
    (Also the uppercut from the PPP)
    chop(b+P)                        H
     
    vs. Jeffry
    ----------
    uppercuts(d/f+P)                 H
    (Also the uppercut from the PPP)
    dash elbow(f,f+P)                M
    thrusting kick(f,f+K)            M
     
    vs. Kage
    --------
    downward chop(d+P+K)             H
    (and the second P+K from that move in high level)
    P,P,P,K                          M 
    (spinning side kick can be reversed by Pai and Wolf as well)
    
    vs. Shun
    --------
    uppercut(d/f+P)                  H
    "old man's dashing palm"(D,f+P)  H
    back hook fist(b+P)              H
    turning twist kick(b/d+K)        Not possible
         2nd kick(b/d+K,K)           H
     
    vs. Lion
    --------
    lunging fist(f,f+P)              H
     
    vs. Akira
    ---------
    dashing elbow                    M
    dashing palm                     H
     
    Moves you cannot reverse for all characters
    -------------------------------------------
    Almost everything else.
     
    Note: I haven't listed precisely which moves you can reverse for turning 
    around moves, as well as moves done from when the opponent is facing away 
    from you.  These get very tricky and character specific.  Since most people 
    do not know the different attacks from the latter position, I have skipped 
    it.  Just remember that the high punches(a simple P) and kicks(a simple K) 
    are always reversible even from an opponent facing away from you.  
         Some hopping kicks can be reversed, but they are character specific and 
    I won't get into it.  But you cannot reverse the punches or the hopping kicks 
    that hit low level (ie Shun, Kage, Lau, etc).
     
                          +===============+
                          |Acknowledgments|
                          +===============+
        I received help from many people but Joji Suzuki contributed the most
    with tons of stuff and for letting me use his faq as a template.  In my next 
    revision, I will cover general strategy, strategy against specific 
    characters, how to get grade 1 for Pai on ranking mode, and all the other 
    miscellaneous stuff.
    
    ---------------------------
    Steve Suh
    Email to:
    gt7838a@prism.gatech.edu
    ---------------------------