_kevin_Here's some advice for motivation and progression. I don't know your experience level with FG's so I'll assume you're a relative beginner and cater my advice as such.
1) Tekken can be overwhelming, and being overwhelmed murders motivation, so try to focus on learning one thing at a time. Start with things that offer the most bang for your buck in terms of time investment. At your level, focusing on combos is absolutely the right call since combo damage is extremely OP in Tekken. Learn at least one easy combo off every launcher and counterhit launcher (hard combos aren't worth the time rn). It's very important to learn both open ground and wall combos. Note that to internalize anything you can't just do them on training dummies, you have to practice landing them on moving targets too. Play games with CPU's, then with real players, with the express goal of hitting one specific combo. You will get smacked but it won't matter because you'll improve. Do this until you internalize all your combos. This will get your damage up to par with everyone else, so that you can actually play the game with an accurate sense of risk-reward on your moves. You will not be able to understand fundamentals until you get your basic combos down.
2) Get involved in the community. Grinding this game by yourself like a hermit will make you want to kill yourself. This isn't some sort of martial art; the goal of Tekken is to have fun while improving, and having a community around you is key. Join your character discord, read docs, ask questions. Find your local FGC, introduce yourself, talk to them, join their tournaments, go for beers (after the virus). You'll lose a lot of games but it'll be a lot more fun than what you're doing now.
3) Play ranked. It's great for motivation since there's actually stakes involved. A lot of people are scared of making the jump to ranked, but it's honestly not a huge deal. Also, as I stated earlier, it's not enough to just practice things in training mode. To truly learn a technique in any fighting game, you have to practice them in realistic, high-pressure situations (such as ranked match). So yeah, you won't progress unless you play ranked.
Hope this helps! Sorry for the text wall but I love Tekken way too much. I'm east coast (Kazumi), hmu whenever for games.
Yo thanks for the information, you play on Steam?
Yeah I'm in a bunch of Tekken discords but I always lose motivation to try and stay on top of things and instead just go and chill in the NS Scumbags discord LOL
Honestly tho compared to other fighting games Tekken is insanely overwhelming with the amount of information you have to digest. It's like drinking from a fire hose. Still want to learn it though because it is an insanely fun, fast, complex, and well made game.
I tried to play with the local community when I was at school but at Friday fight nights I got destroyed a couple times by some good players (it was my first time playing anyone irl) and figured I needed to try and improve against some weaker players before I can gain anything from playing these guys. I'd preferably play against a good player who is tryna learn a new character.
I tend to lose a lot at fighting games so I don't know if I wanna do ranked yet, I'd rather start winning maybe half the time against skilled training partners before jumping into ranked.
Anyway just hmu if you're on Steam and we can play sometime. I'm gonna try and git gud at a few video games