I fight dual, with a 3s stun on p parry.
Stab circles that break an enemy combo give me enough time to MAYBE get off one combo if i'm lucky.
I've been ignoring them and going for the dodge break. This gives me time for two swipes, four combos and one ultra.
If I'm fast enough maybe two more swipes and one more combo too! (very rarely).
With the on screen support for "great parry" and "perfect parry" I'd been led to belive that parrying was regarded more highly by the game, but it seems not.
So......Go for the dodge, it's not easier than parrying but it does pay better dividends.