First martial arts museum to open doors June 2

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first_imgThe museum is a nonprofit organization which was started in 1999 by Matsuda. “The museum will have a huge impact on both the martial arts community, but also the surrounding Santa Clarita community. This is the very first and I would travel from anywhere to see the first martial arts museum and I think other people will as well. This is a rare opportunity and it gives recognition to our community,” Matsuda said. Since 2004, the museum has been a huge traveling exhibit at a variety of expos, conventions and festivals. Stretching from New Jersey, Las Vegas, to mostly Southern California, the museum has been the focal point of most festivals. “Our goal is education. To provide an education for our children, to inform others about the wonderful contributions of the Asian-American community and the positive influences martial arts has had on the West,” Matsuda added. Former Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste and Alarc n have been strong supporters of the museum project. The museum is located at 24406 San Fernando Road, Santa Clarita. For information on the ribbon-cutting opening, please e-mail the museum at [email protected] or visit the Web site, or you can call the museum at its temporary number of (818)355-1109. Adult tickets are $6 and children and seniors are $3. Regular museum days are from Thursday through Sunday. Memberships or tax-deductible donations can be sent to the Martial Arts History Museum at P.O. Box 800668, Santa Clarita, CA 91380. After eight years of hard work and political negotiations, with tremendous support from the community, the world’s first martial arts history museum will be opening its doors on June 2 in the city of Santa Clarita. “This has been a tremendous effort and I’m thrilled that all our years of waiting have turned this into a reality,” said museum founder and president Michael Matsuda. “This is it, the world’s first museum dedicated to Asian martial arts. This is now the home of the martial arts worldwide and home to the official Hall of Fame for the arts. This is a huge accomplishment and I want to thank the whole community for getting behind this effort, especially our volunteers and members.” The ribbon-cutting and door opening will be held on June 2 at 10:30 a.m. with a special Chinese Lion Dancing performance by Sifu Buck Sam Kong’s school of Hollywood. City representatives including Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean, Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarc n and the previous Museum Hall of Fame members and martial arts film stars will be on hand to cut the ribbon. The nearly 7,000-square-foot museum will focus on the history of Asian martial arts including Chinese, Japanese, Filipino and Korean art forms. The museum will provide a historical look at these amazing art forms tracing back from the Shaolin Temple, the samurai, through the tournaments of the ’60s and ’70s to the films, television shows and even PlayStation games. This is something the whole community can enjoy and learn about the historical impact of Asian martial arts on Western society. A special members-only preview will be held on May 26. Please contact the museum if you plan to attend. Michael Masuda is the founder of the Martial Arts Museum in Santa Clarita. He posted this story May 15 on the Santa Clarita Valley hub on 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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