Well, if you are aiming for a melee-oriented suit like God, I suggest you learn more about melee techniques. I don't know the names, but I know some of the stuff that they do (although I myself never remember to use them :P).
You can get out of the melee animation faster by switching to W2 so you can dash away or behind your enemy quicker. You can also eliminate the melee dash by facing away from your enemy then attacking then turning back before the attack lands. This is good for countering melee.
For now, I suggest you level Shining first. Sword Strike can be gotten later. Maybe after God. Don't have too many aims at once. It clogs up your hangars like I learned