Yes. I had a problem with this at first too. I also noticed that every shield i got had less then 100% dammage reduction. most was 80% on a strength 15 shield. I also found that attacks now combo better, or just in genral as opposed to how they did before.
Basicly you attack slower then Dark Souls, and they attack faster. And tanks will need to build Vit as well as Str instead of just Str like last game. because everytime you get hit will still reduce your life. So dodgeing is much better then blocking this time round. I would suguest using a diffrent weapon, and relearn how to fight.