I forgot to mention one of the many people who inspired me to become the player I am today. Christ Schmidt is an incredible MvC2 player. He is/was from Fresno, CA (the same area I'm from). I'm not sure if he still lives in Fresno or where he is at the moment, but he inspired me.
My buddy Jeff told me a great story about him. He told me Christ Schmidt wasn't good from just playing. He went to tournaments every weekend for a year. Whether it was for casuals or tournament he traveled to train and become stronger. I, of course, can't say for myself whether this was completely accurate to Christ Schmidt's success but I believe it. The level he can play at amazes me. I never got into MvC2 personally, but watching him play at Seasons Beatings 5 WITHOUT practice (and placing 2nd overall) was amazing and inspiring in itself. In my head I thought, "Oh my goodness... a whole year?" Jeff said, "Yep, that's what it takes to get good." Immediately I thought of doing just that.
By the end of August 2010, my buddies (Mike Chow and Javier) and I had been traveling to tournaments every weekend. We also make trips up to NorCal to train against NorCal players every Monday or so often as we could.
As of today, we have been traveling to tournaments/sessions for close to 4 months. We have a lot of work to do! :)