Leah "Gllty" Hayes isn't new to the fighting games scene, but with esports structure and prize money coming into the FGC, she sees an opportunity to level up her game.
"I'm not that good, I'm not that great. I'm not winning things," the Dhalsim player told Yahoo Esports' Michael Martin. "Maybe I get like, Top 16 here and there, but I can feel the gap between me and a better player.
"So how do I bridge that gap? This whole esports landscape, no one really knows what's going on, so what I'm doing, more or less is using my resources to the best of my ability, networking, travelling, getting out there, band taking advantages of what I have."
Gllty is considered one of the stronger Dhalsim players in the west, and her unique, rushdown style of play drew plenty of attention during the early days of SFV, but she's still struggling to crack the Top 8 of international tournaments.
Gllty recently placed 33rd at SEAM and missed the Top 64 of Japan Cup after a tough pool that saw her lose to Kumada "Itabashi Zangief" Hiromiki twice. But she says that her trip through Asia has given her a chance to play against the best players and improve her game.
"In Japan, I learned how to block," she said. "When I was in Japan, I was able to go TOPANGA, and I got about a twelve hour session. I had Mago Fuudo, Bonchan, Haitani, Tokido. They were all there, for just a 12-hour grind sessions. That was probably one of the most serious level ups I had the entire trip. You take a nap and you get back up in two hours and you just go again.
"If I win any money at all, I'm coming back to Japan."
Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.