Museum receives Grant from Community Foundation of the Verdugos


Burbank, CA – The Martial Arts History Museum is honored to receive a $5,000 financial grant from the Community Foundation of the Verdugos this month. Funds will be applied to replacing their display monitors as well as updating their entire computer editing system.

The Martial Arts History Museum is a place for all ages to enjoy. Children and visitors have the opportunity to learn about artistry, music, culture and tradition and how Asian history became part of American history through the martial arts.

“Receiving this grant will do amazing things for the museum. Our entire monitor system relied completely on DVD/TV combos in which they broke down every six months. With up-to-date monitors and using a memory stick instead of a DVD, there's no wear-and-tear on the monitor. It will save us in both displays and electricity,” says museum president Michael Matsuda. “Having a new editing system will save us also in time and effort and make things move more quickly and smoothly.”

The museum plays a huge role in both the Burbank, Glendale and other surrounding communities. Tours are booked from the local schools on a regular basis. “The kids have a great time here. I have been told many times, it is the only place in which you have complete attention from the kids,” says Matsuda. “It is our goal to be a major part of the community. This is a new place to visit for the schools, a new place to learn about diverse cultures and the role artistry plays in each country.”

In addition to tour groups, the museum creates special visitations for mentally and physically challenged children. They work with dementia and Alzheimer patients on a regular basis and they accommodate a number of associations including the Make a Wish Foundation.


“The Community Foundation of the Verdugos has done a tremendous job in bringing each community together and we are so glad to be part of that effort. Our thanks to all those who made this grant possible,” concludes Matsuda.

The Martial Arts History Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is completely dependent on grants, donations, visitations and memberships. Please consider making a donation today. For information, visit their website at or call (818) 478-1722.