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Dash Canceling is the act of canceling out of a special move by inputting a dash motion right afterward. The technique is currently possible only in the Street Fighter IV series and Street Fighter X Tekken.
The purpose of Dash Canceling is to open up combo opportunities for special attacks that would not be possible otherwise.
Street Fighter IV seriesEdit
The Focus Attack can be canceled in this way, and can be used to cancel other special attacks before dashing, as show below.
Normally, the Rising Jaguar would propel Adon into the air, making it impossible to dash. However, if a close look is given, Adon is not yet airborne when the first hit lands, providing a small window for the player to dash out of the animation and set up the Jaguar Avalanche.