That Kuma is a combo beast, pun intended. :D Although Kuma doesn't really have a good anti-air so I think maybe proper spacing with cross-ups and empty jumps to low attacks "might" work against the bear... Maybe... :D
CTR was the first PS1 game I personally owned. It's also the first PS1 game I downloaded for my PS3. It is that awesome. :)
I feel your pain...*sigh*... This game needs a no-gem mode, but yeah, Capcom's not gonna give us one, won't they?