A recommended strategy when going up against a group or one of the ladies in red, near the beginning of the game is as follows. Always go into the fight with two weapons, but do not use the second one. Get all of them to go a sandy color then throw your second weapon at them. This will automatically kill them. They will drop weapons. You can pick them up and throw them at the ladies. Also, do not guard. Constantly attack instead. If you see one jumping, attack her immediately. If they get you to the floor and there is a group of them they can kill you instantly.