You make a good point, Meepos. The 1st edition monk was heavily influenced by the 1st edition thief. One of the things I've tried to do when I come across something that doesn't work in a 3.5 class is to pull out my old books and look at what that class used to do in earlier editions. Often, I can revive a class just by giving it back what it used to have, or by adding a new ability that's inspired by an old, forgotten one.