I wish, like, I didn't pick up on how often everyone says 'like' in their sentences on all things GB related, it's, like, a much more potentially lethal drinking game to, like, take a shot every time you notice it.
It only ever bothers me when Brad Muir is on; that dude uses it every other word.
It's weird, I had a ton of trouble with him so I decided to skip him. Came back later and absolutely wrecked him. It wasn't even that I was over-leveled (hadn't leveled up much in the interim), he didn't land a hit on me. At some point you just get the flow of dodging and anticipating attacks. Also, getting frustrated tilts you. Taking a break helps.
@hollitz: Lost Odyssey is a very beautiful game, in its themes and its writing. The combat is standard for the most part, and pretty easy to get through if I remember correctly. It sounds like OP doesn't care about that stuff though, and so I still stand by my recommendation.