European esoteric swordsmasters are fighters. Same as esoteric swordsmasters from anywhere.Nonsense, you just aren’t paying attention to the description.
The notion is laughable, when the Paladin is based on chivalric knights of Christendom, and the concept being discussed her finds its primary inspiration in European esoteric swordmasters.
You and I are done discussing this.
Unless by "esoteric" you mean "having special mystical or scared magic" in which case they're paladins, hexblades or war priests. Or you "magical in an arcane or fey way" where you get your bladesingers/eldritch knights and the like.
The D&D monk isn't a thing. It's based on a western interpretation of a whole bunch of Asian tropes mixed in together, from anime, samurai movies & HK action movies. When you strip out that, you don't get a single 'culture neutral' class, you get paladins, fighters, barbarians, clerics etc...
Since the only thing they have in common is that they don't wear armor, my #1 hope for the monk class is that it is replaced by a fighting style feat 'unarmored fighting' where you get to add your wis mod to your AC when not wearing armor, and a bunch of cool subclasses.