Burbank, CA – America's one and only Martial Arts History Museum received a generous donation from the Alan Horn Foundation this week. Horn, former Warner Bros. Chief and since 2012, currently serves as Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, has continually given his support for the museum every year.
The Martial Arts History Museum, which was founded in 1999, is an educational and cultural facility teaching young children about history, art, culture and tradition and how Asian history became part of American history. It is the only one of its kind and is supported completely by donations.
“One very unique part of martial arts is its impact on Hollywood productions. From animation such as Kung Fu Panda, films such as The Matrix, books such as manga comics becoming part of mainstream society and cartoons such as Avatar: The Last Airbender, Kim Possible and so many more,” says Museum president Michael Matsuda. “The martial arts is part of nearly every action movie produced today, one of out every three boys have taken some type of martial arts at least once in their life. There are over 27,000 martial arts schools across America alone, many averaging 90 to 100 students with a turnover every year.”
The museum, which is a non-profit organization, hosts a number of events such as anti-bullying workshops, women's self-defense and awareness, artists courses, language workshops, samurai history, Asian artistry, Chinese and Japanese music and so much more. “The goal of the museum is to bring awareness to other cultures and create a bridge of understanding. It is a place of not only telling the history of the martial arts, but to reveal what many people endured to bring the arts from Asia to America. It's not always a pretty story, but its important to show our appreciation to the many pioneers who changed our lives.”
Designed by artists from Disney, Dreamworks, The Simpsons and Halloween craftsmen, it is a place of wonder for young people to enjoy. From an animatronic talking Lo Pan (Big Trouble in Little China) to their anime history section to their media section, the museum is full of imagination.
“We are so thankful to film people such as Alan Horn who gives back to the arts in this way. The museum is literally surrounded by Nickelodeon studios, the Cartoon Networks, The Burbank Studios, Dreamworks and so many more that use martial arts in their productions,” adds Matsuda.
The Martial Arts History Museum is located at 2319 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506. Mamuseum.com. Info@mamuseum.com. A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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