The question: How practical in today's world is the use of the stick or sword as a necessary means of self-defense?
A question like the aforementioned one is enough to get many practitioners of FMA triggered. The common rebuttal is often the fact that any object can take the place of the stick or sword. Really? Like what? A tennis racquet, an umbrella, a baseball bat? The problem with this analogy is that just like sticks, normally none of these items are readily available when faced with a threat. Some may say that FMA is more than just the ability to use the stick(s) or sword but the question was regarding the stick or sword not other aspects of the art. So why do we continue to practice these things?
What are your opinions on this matter?