Coolest PhD Ever (That You Can't Get Anywhere)
A hero of mine is Richard Francis Burton. Explorer, linguist, kinky sex enthusiast, writer, martial artist. Also he seemed to absolutely hate everyone, which is pretty hipster.
check out that 'stache
He influenced the martial arts wanderer that we all wish we could be: Donn F. Draeger. Ex-Marine, wandered the world training in every martial art ever, choreographed James Fuckin' Bond.
They both described a field of scientific (ish) inquiry that they called hoplology (and were both possibly a little racist in a "noble savage" sort of condescending way). Anyway, hoplology is the combination of military history, exercisephysiology, and martial arts history and application and has only beenmentioned in passing here from what I can tell. Bullshido really = the newcrowd-sourced hoplology. Real martial arts practitioners in angry intellectualdiscourse, which, if you're familiar with academia, is pretty similar toacademics arguing.
The website for the society is pretty lame looking
But the idea is cool.