Exalted does not allow the use of Martial Arts and other attack abilities such as brawl, melee, etc. (E3, p. 426). The rules say:
In short—Martial Arts Charms are not compatible with Brawl, or any other combat Ability, unless they explicitly state otherwise. A bare-handed attack cannot benefit from both the maiming precision of Snake style’s Crippling Pressure-Point Strike and the devastating force of the Heaven Thunder Hammer; wielding twin blades in the katas of Steel Devil style is entirely unlike the pragmatic fundamentals of the Melee Ability.
Most of this is obvious. You could not for instance make a strike that was enhanced both by Ferocious Jab (E3, p. 274) and Striking Fury Claws (E3, p. 431) at the same time.
But at the limits it gets confusing. Can a Tiger Stylist with a high brawl use Striking Fury Claws to supplement an attack but then use the Brawl charm Wind and Stones Defense (E3, p. 274) reflexively when attacked by another foe before the Stylist's next turn?
Can you use any Brawl Charms at all with a Martial Arts Form active?
In other words, what are the limits on combining Martial Arts with brawl, melee, archery, and thrown?
- Are they so distinct that you basically have to pick one or the other for a battle and be locked in?
- Or are they compatible enough that you can use both as long as you don't supplement the same particular attack with both
- Or is the answer somewhere in between?