I recently got VF4. I havn't played the series since VF2 on the saturn. Since I got the game I've used nobody except Kage. Right now I'm 1st dan in Kumite mode, but generally I can't seem to get any higher rank as I get my ass handed to me by 50% of the opponents I face which are usually 1st dan - 10th dan. Basically, I would appreciate any hints, tips, advice on how to stay in the game. It annoys me that Kage has such a craptastic array of low combos (IE: none?).