I mean, bats isn't any worse of a cheap move than the one fight where I (the senile ditz sister) offered to help my fight partner (the evil smart sister) up after knocking her down by accident, and she tried to set me on fire... (She actually hit me with the wad of flammable material stuff at one fight, there was a BIG panic.) I've also done a fight where we've done a fake hair cut...
Uuuugh, I hate footwork. At least I got validated this year that staff footwork is different from the fencing footwork they have us use, I knew it didn't feel right! Don't worry Joan, if you can still feel your feet, you are doing okay.
.... Gotta say I'm dubious on how a duelists technique will be useful for more than building a foundation. Solifidians don't seem to be easy to funnel into a place where they have to come one by one.... not to mention something about how techniques for fighting in a ring/with sportsmanship tend to be at a disadvantage in an actual fight.
Bags of tricks are for when you're otherwise outmatched in speed and strength... and possibly cunning too.