Creating the first Museum dedicated to the martial arts is not an easy task. “Giving back” are powerful words, but they are only words if action is not applied. We are very proud to have many wonderful people from the community who have taken action and are part of supporting the Museum.
BOARD MEMBER LISTING
Michael Matsuda, Museum president
Former magazine publisher, author, martial arts historian and former media department manager for Blue Cross of California, Matsuda founded the Museum in 1999. He has also hosted three Regional Karate Championships, produced numerous video productions, host of the Martial Arts Today Show and also serves as president of the U.S. Tai Shing Pek Kwar Association.
Art Camacho, film director
Film production president and action film director, Art Camacho has served on the Museum board since its beginning. He is an award-winning director and head of his own production firm. With over a dozen films under his direction, he also served as stunt coordinator for numerous productions.
Rafael Kosche, store owner, History Channel representative
Kosche is owner and operator of the most influential martial arts supply company in America. Established in the 1970s, Valley Martial Arts Supplies has served both the martial arts community and the Hollywood film industry. He is an established representative for The History Channel, A&E, Ancient Aliens and Auction Kings.
JD Bowles, president, iPRsoftware / NewMediaWire
Bowles served as vice-president of the Los Angeles Times newspaper for over a decade. He was also appointed as vice-president of the marketing network of PR WEB. Today, he serves as the president an CEO of a highly established marketing company. He has served as a Museum board member since 2011.
Fariborz Azhakh, president, Martialinfo.com, Team Karate Centers
Azhakh is one of the founding members of the Museum. He is the founder and CEO of one of the largest martial arts website in the world, Martialinfo.com. He is also chief instructor of the most successful and largest martial arts school in Southern California. He has served on the Museum board since 2012.
MUSEUM ADVISORY BOARD
Dr. Milton Louie
Joe Saladino, First Ambassador