There's certainly less hand wringing about it from those communities, that's for sure.
Yup -- that was kind of my point. People who train to use archaic weapons against other archaic weapons don't tend to fret themselves trying to justify the relevance of what they're doing -- or to be insecure about whether what they're doing is a "real martial art".
It's funny that arguments for real-ness tend to base themselves on modern applications and
on lineage/heritage. Can you really have it both ways?