The Monk looks awesome. There's a ton of potential with this class. I'm thinking he'll probably be really quick, with emphasis on close range combat. Maybe with some type of combo/quick multiple hits type damage. Some type of aura (similar to the paladin) would probably fit in as well.
As for weapons, what fits in with monks aside from staves and bare handed? Maybe some time of gloves, or something?
I dunno if you've ever watched old hong kong kung fu, but there are tons of weapon possibilities! Aside from bare fists, gloves & claws... there are staves and swords to shovel blades, spears, fans, melon balls, hammers, hell, even chopsticks. My personal favourite is the three sectional staff.