FMA Weapons: Applicability and Limitations?
As I understand it, part of FMA's practical approach to weapons training lies in a certain interchangability between blunt and edged weapons, and even armed and unarmed attacks. However, I've found myself wondering at how appropriate this might be considering the wide variety of weapons that could be considered "edged" or "blunt". Does this really mean that FMA training applies to not just ginunting, but also broadswords, katana, and jian?
It occurs to me that this cannot be completely the case as even within the spectrum of weapons local to the Phillipines, weapons will present different characteristics (e.g. dimensions, weight, balance) that demand their own particular deviations in order to take advantage of. Of course, I suppose that largely ignoring these discrepancies might be a worthy sacrifice if it makes for more of an overall competance among the various instruments.
I wonder what approach do you FMA practioners take when it comes to this? Just how applicable is your curriculum and how deeply do you specialize?