Hello. I'm new here. This is the first fighting forum I've joined. It was recommended by my instructor in Pekiti Tirsia. I have practice MAs in the past, and I would by no means consider myself an expert in any area of fighting. Nonetheless, I recognize a high level of proficiency in what I think is a functional system. Furthermore, I believe PT (and other weapons-based FMAs) has fighting applications beyond armed combat. I have just started to learn the system. That's my background and disclaimer. OK. I was on youtube today and ran into a couple of posts that referenced Matt Thornton of Straight Blast. Second disclaimer. This guy is top-notch, in all humility. He's great. Regardless, on his website, he state in so many words the FMA are useless as they are and speaks out against "kata". I don't like kata myself. I did Tang Soo Do for 4 years. Here is the article right here: http://www.straightblastgym dot com/problem dot htm Any views on this? What's wrong with knowing how to use a stick or knife in conjunction with other ranges of combat? Who ever said that a person should only learn knife-fighting?