Preserving Martial Arts History for Future Generations
Will the History of the Martial Arts be Forgotten?
This is a question that has come to the forefront of martial artists
throughout the country and it is something of great concern to the
martial arts history museum president Michael Matsuda.
He has spent the
past 6 years working to make his martial art history museum a reality.
Just recently, I was contacted by one of the Martial arts History
Museum's Ambassadors Joseph
He informed me of the Martial Arts History Museum and inquired if there
was anything I could do to help with this project.
I proceeded to visit
the Martial Arts History Museum's Website, as I read through the
website an article about celebrating martial arts history really caught
So much so that I had an idea to create this web page and place it here
I have included parts of the article in this page adding some of my own
comments and style.
The president of martial arts history museum, Michael Matsuda, poses
this question of Martial artist and there history and goes on to give
some intriguing insight to some martial arts history that we shouldn't
"Will Our Martial Arts History be forgotten?"
Will these great martial artist, legends
and Pioneers be forgotten?
70s, Joe Lewis brought us full-contact karate
60s, Ark Y. Wong was one of the first Chinese
kung fu teachers to begin teaching kung fu to non-Chinese
40s and 50s, the art of judo dominated America
70s a young man named Eric Lee changed the
tournaments forever by opening the doors of forms competition for kung
60s and 70s, Gene LeBell brought judo into
And lets not forget that it was..
Robert Trias who opened the first karate school
in America and it was Ed Parker that spread kenpo karate throughout the
Karen Shepherd who traveled across the country
alone and made an impact that everyone felt
Benny Urquidez who was considered the greatest
full contact fighter of all time and his sister Lily who changed women
Michael Matsuda writes..
Some of these facts many of you know, but some
of these facts you probably never heard of. This following statement
made a dramatic impact on me and those I have shared it with.
Carrie Ogawa-Wong, a former forms champion was teaching a class of
children last year. She gathered them together and started throwing out
names of different people from different industries.
then asked the class
"How many of you know who Bruce Lee was."
not a single student raised their hand. This is very shocking.
Bruce Lee as you know, is
considered our most popular martial artist in the world. Granted, he
left us over 30 years ago, but there is no one else who could compare
to his popularity.
If Bruce Lee, our icon of the martial arts, can be forgotten
so quickly, imagine how quickly you and I will be forgotten.
Many of us have wonderful histories in the arts. Many of us have great
teachers who have passed down those histories to us verbally. Imagine
if those histories were lost."
Michael Matsuda was talking with Ed Parker Jr. just recently, and he
stated to an audience..
ever met my father?"
..not a single one of them raised
their hand. No one in that whole audience ever met the great Ed Parker
Many of us have artifacts that were passed down to us from our
instructors. What happens if those artifacts are lost?
Or, what happens
if you pass away and you've stored your instructors uniform in the
The person taking care of your belongings will have no idea
whose uniform that was and probably just throw it away.
We cannot let our history be thrown away. Now is the time we must act
There has been a window created by the Martial Arts
History Museum to keep our
history alive for generations to come.
"This is our one and only opportunity. We've waited 50 plus years for a
museum and not a single company has raised a hand to create one for us
- so we have to do it ourselves,"
says museum president
"I can honestly say, without a doubt, we will never have this window of
opportunity again, never. This is it, this is our chance
to create a museum and if we let it pass, our history
will likely pass with it."
The creation of a museum is a great idea. It will preserve our past and
keep our memories, our sacrifices, our efforts alive.
cannot happen without your support.
great when people say the museum is a wonderful idea. And they truly
mean it. But the museum won't happen unless these and all individuals
contribute financially," - adds Matsuda.
"We can't wait on the Jet Li's or Jackie Chan's to hop on the wagon
because maybe they won't.
It's up to us. Us pioneers, us white belts,
us legends, us instructors....us. We can do it.
I have no doubt in my
mind that we can band together and do this, but $1, $5, $10 from even
just 1,000 martial artists will make a difference."
Here is our opportunity to "give back" to the
martial arts -- by creating a museum dedicated to it.
Please donate to make this a reality.
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