Originally Posted by Botany Bay
However, in the movie the fact that Sulus combat training was fencing was actually used as a joke. Sooo... obviously the authors didnt spend all to many thoughts about the why and how. It was in for the laugh, the nod to TOS and the action and it worked. The sword fight looked great.
Then we actually agree.
I am not especially fond of the movie, but they definitely tried to recreate the funny and goofy atmosphere TOS often had.
Perhaps this does not work so well on the big screen and they should have tried to remain in the keel water of the TOS movies with a bit more mature and seasoned seriousness? I don't know but I guess that 'young characters => make it feel like TOS' was the idea of the production team.