Gootecks completely caught me by surprise. I’m not trying to insult him by stating that, but he actually used a Street Fighter version of student-centered learning. That’s something only professional educators even pay attention to. For example, he begins the lesson using formative assessment (the training match), implements auditory and visual learning by talking through his motions as he gives examples on screen, gives purely visual learning by providing written documentation, provides kinesthetic learning by having the student practice what he’s taught in training mode, then ends with summative assessment because of the final set. After all of this, you’re given homework and invited into a closed network of students to continue practicing what you’ve learned. It’s outstanding.
— Ryan "Tryken" Tullis, via
Customer service at Cross Counter is Amazing the way they help you and work around your schedule and the way the workers take INCREDIBLE care of their customers is simply the best I’ve seen I Thank everyone and the ones who have recently helped me a bunch!!
— Nathan Morales
A few days ago there was someone asking if any people had experience with Cross Counter Training, but in the thread there was only one person with experience, who had issues with lag, most likely due to Steam. And all the other people did nothing but assume player ‘x’ probably wouldn’t be a good trainer or whatever. I had a training session with Alex Myers about 2 days ago (the first of 4 sessions, maybe more to come after that) and I figured I’d give my opinion.

First of all, I’m from Europe, my internet is mediocre but we played over Xbox Live and the connection was pretty solid. Keep in mind: I’m a pretty low level player and in life in general I tend to learn well when being coached/mentored/trained etc, everyone has each his own preference.

He started off by asking me what character I wanted to learn and what my goals were, what I wanted to learn etc. I said I wanted to get very good at fundamentals and maybe Ryu would be a good idea because he would be good to learn the basics with, and so we jumped into online training mode and he started talking about things like spacing, fireball games, pretty neat tricks about whiff punishing, wake up game and more. I’m not gonna lie, when he was talking and showing me stuff I was thinking: “Hmm, I kind of understand what he’s saying, but I don’t think it will help me at all because I don’t have the level required to apply any of this in my games, so maybe it’s just pointless because I’m not good enough.”

Afterwards, however, we jumped into Endless Battle for a ft5, in which he applied the things he taught me on myself in battle and kept explaining it and giving pointers about my bad/good habits. I was blown away by suddenly noticing how much I had learned. Yeah, for sure I lack the experience for now to execute it all properly, but I was suddenly considering so many things in my head while playing, which I didn’t even know about 1 hour earlier.

Apart from the fact that I just learned a ton, he was extremely friendly to me, which helps a lot :) I’d say I learned a ton and this was only the very first lesson! I’m not saying everyone would profit so much from this, to each his own. I view it as investing in a piano teacher. Some people rather learn to play themselves and see it as a waste to pay some guy to teach them. Some people find it worth the investment and gain a lot out of having a teacher.
— Rutger Engel, via r/kappa
K Brad taught me I had no defense; Alex Myers taught me the intricacies of spacing/footsies, and Gootecks gave me several homework assignments after analyzing my gameplay. All these things have been a great help in progressing past the wall that I had hit previously. After chewing on these things for a while, I’ll surely head back for more training!
— Harris Gottfried
It was a lot of fun! gootecks is a pretty good coach. He can pick apart your gameplay pretty quickly and exploit the things that you’re doing or not doing correctly. That right there helps me save a lot of time. And gootecks - he’s just a good guy so it’s a lot of fun having lessons with gootecks.

He noticed that a lot of my combos were more not-on-reaction but just what I practiced. So he told me that different spacings between me and my opponent would require different combos, but I wouldn’t because I would, out of memory, just try a combo and it wouldn’t work because I would be too far away. So he gave me a lot of homework to practice different combos at different ranges. So now I’m more confident with doing FADC combos.
— Donovan Bautista, via interview
Alex found out that another one of his students lives in NorCal and sent him to my weekly Churning the Butters. The first time he competed, Alex wanted to know what the match ups were and who he was losing to in order to see what they shoul d go over during the next session and kept messaging me to check in on the progress. A few weeks later he went above and beyond to coached the student in person and even did a live streamed FT5 when he came to NorCal. He honestly cares about his students and I can see how happy he gets when he see them improving. :)

Oh and this student is now a regular at my tournaments and he has told us how much he already loves the FGC in NorCal. He went from a guy sitting in his living room to a decent player coming out to events, all thanks to Alex’s encouragement.

— Katherine Dao, via r/kappa
The biggest thing that I learned from good ol kbrad was the fireball game, (I main evil ryu) which inadvertently helped me to be patient. How to mask my fireballs behind light punch and light kick (ive seen professionals doing this and I honestly thought that they were being random. Because they were pros however I copied them anyway lol) harassing and making it difficult to get in for non-zoners. Watching for jump-ins and punishing accordingly. Which also improved my patience watching and waiting for mistakes.

Some helpful tips in the Balrog matchup. Tips on managing my meter. I’m grateful for the time, thank you for the opportunity, see you at EVO!
— John Dust
KBrad went through the basics and helped me with antiairs. He ended with combo practice. It was fun and I would enjoy having a conversation with him if I could.
— Nog Arremi
My sessions with KBrad and ChrisG were great. They taught me a bunch of new things that I never really realized, like how to maximize my opportunities in the neutral game, some advice on different matchups and what the best route to take would be to give me the best chance of winning any given match. I also learned some different alterations to some combos I was doing from Chris. All in all it was a great experience and it taught me a lot. It’s all I can do to thank those two guys and of course Gootecks for all their time and support! It was a really helpful experience and I took a bunch of things away from it that can help me benefit my game. As a result of the sessions, I was encouraged to find the heart of my local FGC scene, and I have since then. So I have you guys to thank for that too!
— Joe Catallo

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