Newbie Focus Question

Simple question. I see characters absorb fireballs sometimes without going into their entire Focus animation.

How exactly is this done?

Thanks.

dash (fwd or back) cancel before it gets to level 3

Just Dash out of it.

Hold down focus the moment fireball is close, keep holding and dash, you’ll see it absorb, then let go.

You’ll get used to the timing with a bit of practice.