Indeed. But Im not speaking for all systems, just TKD. TKD decended from karate, specifically Okinawan Karate (originally). On Okinawa, when it was developed, Japan had banned all its citizens, including guards etc. from carrying weapons... hence any development involved defences that could be employed empty handed against both empty hand and weapons. They may have secretly practice weapons, but in the main, to me at least, based on the history of it all, it was empty handed combat techniques Verses empty hand and weapons as the main thrust. TKD patterns are a heritage of this history, therefore follow the same reasoning. That is not the same as military employing weapons based training, as of course they did/do. Now if TKD evolved from say japanese Jui-jitsu, then the premise of weapons based patterns would be more of a likelihood.. but it didnt. Just my thoughts, Stuart Ps. good to see you here Master Weiss - folks, if you want Ch'ang Hon TKD/Gen Choi/ITF info.. Master Weiss is a 'book of knowledge'