What if you took away the Eastern flavor, and made it more of a Western style. There's was a French Renaissance-era street acrobatic fighting style that included fighting with a cane, and sometimes, swords, straight razors, whips, and even guns. It was called Savate, or something like that, if I remember my 3rd Edition GURPS martial arts correctly. Edit: Rankings were indicated by different sets of gloves, so you could still incorporate lots of items and crafting if you wanted.
It works! Many thanks to Darren and Feargus for allowing me past the gates to join the order. Torolf - Curious Canine Alchemist of the Obsidian Order