When I was eleven years old, it was a very good year, and I can remember my daily routine vividly. These were the years before I owned a Sony Playstation, and I used to venture to my friends house - everyday after school - to watch him play through Final...
If you dodge directly backwards when you're being shot at you'll probably still get hit.
Time your blocks well to negate all of the damage.
If an enemy has a sword, stay back and shoot. If it has a gun, get up close and cut.