I've played with a classical fencer in a park. The addition of circular footwork really didn't change things for me. After all, you can already move left or right about a meter to change the angle on your opponent on a fencing piste. So the important part of circular movement--getting off the line or dealing with an opponent getting off the line in the middle of an exchange--is already part of modern fencing. And as for the circling before an exchange...meh. Not hard to deal with. So no sword arts are "martial arts" (as you use the term) in a society where people don't carry swords around with them? Because this criticism applies just as much to classical fencing as it does to modern... The blunt tip is a distinction without a difference. If you know how to poke with a blunt epee, you know how to pierce with a sharp epee, just as a boxer knows how to punch without a glove (as you admitted above).