The mirror match can be very hard to play for players who are not accustomed to the matchup. The reason for this is that this is the only match-up where the opponent has a tool as good as your chains - his own! The neutral game in this match-up is thus like no other. Hazama VS Hazama is the best match for practicing your zoning (seriously).
The neutral game is really a test of who's the better zoner. Use your chains and keep an eye on your opponent. Make sure that your chain is going in the opponent's direction. If he chains wrongly, you get a hit. If he chains in your direction, there'll be a clash and you go back to neutral, ensuring you never lose out. Because of this, it is very helpful to use your oroborous stocks to move erratically as it makes it much harder for the other Hazama to use his chains well. Read Dusty's guide for more information on how to improve your zoning and movement!
You will want to chain in on Hazama to lock down his annoying movement (lol). His anti-airs are no longer as good as in CS1, but 2C and 214D~B are both still decent anti-airs, so you need to vary your approach as usual. Note that flash kick has a very good hitbox. If you want to beat it, you will need to alter your momentum earlier compared to other anti-airs to make it whiff. Alternatively, you can block it and do j.4D.
Jayoku is an even worse option than usual thanks to Hazama's command grab. If you get it wrong and Jayoku while Hazama tries a command grab, you are, to put it simply, extremely fucked. Counter Assault falls to a similar fate. Keep in mind also that CA's range is bad so be aware of the spacing and do not barrier block your opponent before using CA. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do about this. Hazama's pressure and mix-up is very strong and you will need to use barrier and IB wisely to save yourself. IBing 5B in particular is very important.
Many Hazamas neglect to utilize 2B as part of their mixup, making jump outs an attractive options against such players. Following the same train of thought, watch your opponent's patterns and try to see which option he isn't using. You can then use that lapse to escape his offence.
Hazama's defence is not good but his offence is pretty damn good, so there is not much you can do about it.
Read the above, change your point of view.
Misc. tips/tricks/things to watch out for
Not sure what to put here, it's your own character.
Edited by Fluck, 23 July 2011 - 02:02 AM.