When I was studying WuShu in China, thinking myself a badass, I asked my Sifu why we were spending so much time on empty hand techniques when I had originally approached him to study blade techniques.
Originally Posted by KennyB
His answer was something like "What would you do if you dropped your sword?" - I never asked him to rush things again.
If you want to go traditional, you have to follow the program. If you want to go straight to knives & sticks, there are classes focusing only on those. You may have to travel a little distance, but many of these classes are structured as weekend courses.
Originally Posted by Bastid
-Convincing knuckleheads that the real key tool lies between the ears in creativity, application of common sense, adaptation and thinking out of the box might just be a losing battle.