A new strategy article was just posted on Sonic Hurricane listing different ways of hit-confirming attacks to set up combos and other safer follow-ups. Here’s a brief quote:
Hit-Confirmation Methods on Sonic Hurricane
By design, almost every fighting game combo worth doing involves attacks which are unsafe if blocked. Otherwise everyone would repeat the same motions mindlessly no matter what.
Because fighting games are built to be highly interactive, being able to confirm whether your attacks are connecting is a critical skill. When you’re trying to combo into super moves, proper hit-confirming enables you to revert to a safe block string and avoid disaster.