So I'm a returning player trying to figure out a 12 Monk/8 Fighter build, so I can run around with whatever weapon I want centered. I've get enough monk levels that I only need to pick up the Grandmaster Stances as a feat, but there's one problem: I only get Master Stances granted to me at level 20, and my last nonepic feat is at 18 (I'm leveling 2 Monk, 8 Fighter, 10 Monk). What I want to do is take Master Stances as soon as it is available as a feat, long before I'm granted it, take Grandmaster Stances as my level 18 feat, then retrain the feat spent on Master Stances for something else once I'm granted it for free at level 20. But I'm not sure if this work, since then I'd technically have Grandmaster BEFORE Master in my leveling order- does anyone know if can do do this?
My only other option would be to take some Monk levels earlier so I'm granted Master Stances by level 18, but then the build becomes nonfunctional till level 20 since I need 8 Fighter to take the appropriate enhancements to be centered with any weapon. That would just be a huge PITA.