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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 Saladino.

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 my attention.

So much so that I had an idea to create this web page and place it here on bigbearacademy.com. 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 forget...

"Will Our Martial Arts History be forgotten?" Will these great martial artist, legends and Pioneers be forgotten?

In the...

  • 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 fu competitors

  • 60s and 70s, Gene LeBell brought judo into American Wrestling

  • 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 U.S.


  • 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 fighting forever


  • 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.

    She 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..

     "How many people 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 Sr.

    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 closet.

    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 together.

    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 Michael Matsuda.

    "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.

    However, it cannot happen without your support.

    "It's 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.

    For information on donating,
    visit Martial Arts History Museum
    by Clicking the banner below!

    Help Preserve the History of the Martial Arts Support Martial Arts History Museum Today!







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