As far as my game experience goes:
1)I've found MA (so i assume brawling is the same too) to be on par with other weapons. Maybe this changes when the MA/brawl using character gets more UE but I don't know that. That's for admins only.
2)I dislike the fact that the weapon Ma/brawlers need to use are one for each style and especially the MA weapon is not representative for most of MAs out there.
3)It's true what Pocketface said that those two combat styles have the above advantages
Considering the above is why i don't ask for an Implant that does more damage or hit faster (unless admin know something i don't and MA/brawl actually does need a boost compared to other end-game weapons)
I just ask for something that looks (yes..just looks) better than a stick and maybe protect the users hand from cuts and bleeds when blocking blades. No sane martial artist would block a blade with his naked hands anyway, Instead he would just try to parry the hand that holds it.
Heck i'd even be happy with just a metal cool looking hand protector that does absolutely nothing else than protect the blocking hands while keeping the damage done by my skill the same as it would be if i was unarmed.