Burbank now boasts a martial arts museum that city officials say will diversify the city’s entertainment attractions.
The Martial Arts History Museum, founded by President Michael Matsuda in 2007 in Santa Clarita, has relocated to Burbank, and it officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 25.
In the floor plan, Matsuda has kept in mind the progression of the martial arts beginning in Asia and their introduction to the United States through TV and film starting in the 1960s.
The museum space is divided into sections representing the areas that adopted their own styles of martial arts. Martial arts originated in China, Matsuda said, so artifacts, fighting costumes and weapons from that country are displayed in the first section that greets visitors. Japan is next, followed by Korea, Hawaii, the Philippines and then America.
“When ancient Chinese warriors were creating Kung Fu, they watched how monkeys and tigers fought,” he said. “Chinese operas use martial arts — spears — in their fighting.”