Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The MAO Sneak - Confounding Cross-ups with Claw

When Claw does a crouching jab he moves his body forward a bit. This can be used to avoid many cross-up attacks. Sneak under the cross-up then throw your opponent when they land. Claw shifts forward right as the move starts; give the MAO Sneak a shot even at the last minute or when getting up from a knockdown.

This won't work against wide attacks like Zangief's body splash or DeeJay's medium kick but it can be used to avoid many others including Chun-Li and Dictator's medium kicks.

I don't really know when this move was invented or by whom, but MAO has been using it more and more in the past year or so. Thanks to Riz0ne and Ganelon for consultation.

Here are a couple examples: vs. Ken, vs. Blanka


  1. The hitbox viewer lua script is handy for times like these. The hurtbox on the last frame before the attack becomes active is a little unfortunate, but he does move quite a bit forward regardless.


  2. Definitely been around for a long time. I remember seeing Vega's do it to Chun's in CE. One of those tactics that just vanished for a while I guess.