PhD in MA?

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  1. Huntley

    Huntley of the Gordon Clan

    Has anyone heard of an accredited PhD given in Martial Arts Philosophy?
  2. 47MartialMan

    47MartialMan Valued Member

    Sometime ago, there was a senator or politician who was trying to set a standard for martial arts. In response, there was a university which was trying to award a degree-certification.
  3. Fish Of Doom

    Fish Of Doom Will : Mind : Motion Supporter


    in any case, MA philosophy tends to be phoney, because it's extremely subjective and usually formulated by people with debatable knowledge of formal philosophical currents.

    IMO, the best philosophy to have for MA is to stay true to yourself, train your ass off as hard as you can, and don't be a jerk :p
  4. Huntley

    Huntley of the Gordon Clan

    Ah, I have a local friend who just picked one up out of nowhere.....I want to be supportive because he's been a friend for such a long time, but it seemed like a strange title to have. "Master Bla Bla PhD" I'm torn, on how to handle this.
  5. Fish Of Doom

    Fish Of Doom Will : Mind : Motion Supporter

    does he even train in martial arts?
    ask him to show you his diploma. how much time did he study, and where?
  6. 47MartialMan

    47MartialMan Valued Member

    Nothing to be torn about. Use your logical reasoning.

    Just, if you want to remain friends, nod your head without comment.
  7. Huntley

    Huntley of the Gordon Clan

    I think I'll do just that.
  8. 47MartialMan

    47MartialMan Valued Member

    Martial arts is a haven, like anything else that has strong dedication, for emotional uprising.

    I had to "bite my tongue" to keep many friendships.
  9. Topher

    Topher allo!

    I doubt whether there is such a things as "Martial Arts Philosophy." Like Fish says, it tends to be phony or put together by people who only think they know what they are talking about.

    Just study real philosophy and specialise in topics which relate to martial art.
  10. Talyn

    Talyn Reality Hacker

    I don't see why it would need to be distinct from a degree in Philosophy. It would, at best, be a couple of modules in a normal degree, but there is not sufficient content to actually make it into a stand-alone.
  11. YouKnowWho

    YouKnowWho Valued Member

    That was the Hawaii University. The person who was in charge was the 7 star prey mantis master (passed away) Brendan Lai.
  12. CKava

    CKava Just one more thing... Supporter

    If it was a real PhD and was from the States then it would have taken 5+ years to complete. As his friend you would have likely noticed that he has been studying for a PhD for 5+ years so it's more likely that it is some form of mail order qualification.
  13. GoshinRyu

    GoshinRyu Valued Member

    I have to be perfectly honest here guys and say that i think there is plenty of scope for MA to be a stand alone subject in academia. Derby Uni used to offer a degree in 'Martial arts theory and practice' alongside other subjects like sports science etc. Also i have recently been speaking to some of the PHD students at my uni and you would be surprised how 'niche' and particular their chosen subjects are. :hat:

    On a slightly lighter note: i dont think we should bash the 'Phd in Martial arts philosophy' even if it is a mail order....i would love one of those! Come on, you have to admit there is a little part inside all of us that thinks 'you know what, that is kinda cool(and funny)' :)

    Dont get me wrong, i would never condone using it seriously i.e to gain access to a particular course or job, and i wouldnt flaunt it and have my chequebook changed to say Dr or anything but it would be a good laugh right?!

  14. 47MartialMan

    47MartialMan Valued Member

    Thanks. How long ago was that?
  15. YouKnowWho

    YouKnowWho Valued Member

    It was between 1982 and 1985. Can't remember the year. Brendan Lai contacted Adam Hsu and me to support him on this activity (Brendan was the vice-president of the International SC Assocation at that time). It didn't work because nobody cared about his idea at that time.
  16. Yohan

    Yohan In the Spirit of Yohan Supporter

    I'm going to keep my big mouth shut.
  17. 47MartialMan

    47MartialMan Valued Member

    Goes to show our ages. I vaguely remember this but lost the finer details
  18. Topher

    Topher allo!

    Mail order degrees of any sort should be despised.

    What's the point of getting one then?
  19. MeSamurai

    MeSamurai New Member Supporter

    I have no idea about the validity of this (or the course matter), but a student showed me this 3 years ago. I think (benefit of the doubt here..) that this would be a great experience, if you have the time, money, etc, etc...
  20. 47MartialMan

    47MartialMan Valued Member

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