Q: Dear Sage,
As part of his discipline focus class feature, the swordsage (Tome of Battle p16) gains the benefit of the Weapon Focus feat for a set of weapons. Does he also gain proficiency in the listed weapons?
A: According to a strict reading of the rules, no. A swordsage who wants to avoid the non-proficiency penalty for such weapons must gain proficiency in those weapons normally.
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