Future Plans for the Museum
Establishing a larger location for a new generation to enjoy celebrating art, culture and history
CREATING A BIGGER VENUE TO ACCOMMODATE A NEW GENERATION
Field trips are a wonderful way to open new doors to experience art, culture, history and the uniqueness of diverse cultures. “When I was little, we have some amazing trips to the Natural History Museum, the La Brea Tarpits and many more. I recall making the trip to Natural History Museum about 10 times.” says museum president Michael Matsuda. The Natural History Museum in Los Angeles accommodates a number of schools amounting to 2,000 kids per day. The Martial Arts History Museum provides a new, educational facility for all to enjoy. Exploring Asian history, art and culture through martial arts history, opens doors to experiencing other cultures and examines the positive impact Asian peoples have made on Western society.
PROVIDING A BETTER FACILITY TO ENGAGE OUR CHILDREN
Currently, the Martial Arts History Museum is housed in a 2,000 square foot facility. From 2011 to 2016, it has been the host to a number of tour groups from as small as 30 kids to as large at 110 kids. Each years, thousands of young people from the Los Angeles Unified School District, Burbank Unified, Pasadena Unified, home schools, church groups, senior groups, physically challenged groups, mentally challenged groups, martial arts schools and so much more.
CREATING A 200-SEAT THEATER FOR CULTURAL PERFORMANCES AND SCREENINGS
One of our goals it to establish a performance and movie theater within the museum. Currently, the museum holds a number of special “honor” events, small play productions, lectures and small cultural performances. With a larger, established, 150- to 200 seat theater, we will be able to hold more documentary films, independent cultural productions, Asian cultural performances, screenings and so much more. The theater area will also be a place for belt promotions, lectures and workshops. The theater will provide additional income being rented out to outside groups and red carpet events.
RESOURCE CENTER FOR HISTORICAL STUDIES AND INFORMATION
The museum receives a large number of young kids doing book reports for their schools. Having a resource library will provide a dedicated area so that they can do their research and gather materials for their book reports. A resource area will also be a place in which our historical information can be accessed and important, historical achievements can now be available for this and future generations. Our goal, is to create a resource library filled with historical information, magazines, books, documentaries and more that will keep Asian history alive and reveal the positive impact it made on American history.
A PLACE FOR CEREMONIAL DINNER EVENTS, BELT PROMOTIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
A museum is also a wonderful place to hold special events. From black tie formal dinner affairs to martial arts school promotions to award ceremonies or just to take out the staff for a team meeting, having an event at a museum makes it extra special. In the past, we have had kid sleepovers, movie marathons, x-box championships, game nights and more. Having a special place like a museum opens the doors to new possibilities. Consider making special UFC announcements at the museum.
WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS & MORE
To provide a better service to the local Burbank, Glendale, Los Angeles, Pasadena and San Fernando Valley areas, it is our plan to create a dynamic area for hands-on seminars and workshops. From Tai Chi classes for the elderly, special training seminar sessions for visiting instructors or to weekly group meetings, language classes the museum can be a focal point to introduce new items, provide anti-theft events, hold blood drives, create kids workshops, Asian music classes and more.
A UNIQUE, MUSEUM STORE FILLED WITH FUN AND CULTURAL ITEMS TO ENJOY
To help bring revenue to the city and to support the museum, we plan to create a very unique museum store. In addition to museum items and martial arts related gifts and t-shirts, our goal to also provide sections focusing on different Asian cultures. From an area on Chinese artistry, Japanese origami, Korean folklore, Thailand clothing, Hawaiian goods and Filipino artifacts. Although we love Chinatown and Little Tokyo, the museum store can be an extension of unique gifts that is easily accessible. Through this, the local community can be introduced to Asian cultural items.