Well me and reks discussed this at one point... we established that your style of attack may be custom to each character. For example: do you know of the spirits bar that charges with a longsword in MH? Well my character has an ability where I do a Capeoria dance to build that bar without the need to hit something.
As for elemental damage, we agreed to not only affect on contact, but also have a neat effect... like a thunderbolt missle for example.
I have yet to take this up with the rest of the admins.