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“Cool Spot”

Martial Arts History Museum
Ranked #6 of 26 things to do in Burbank
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Owner description: Explore the history of Asian martial arts.
Burbank, California, United States
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Cool Spot”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a cool spot with some knowledge and history. I like it because it's nice and quiet and gives you a chance to learn about martial arts.

Visited October 2013
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Burbank, California
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“A little small, but I like the effort.”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

Burbank seems an odd place for a Martial Arts History Museum. The location is a little small, but they try to pack a lot in. They have costumes and weapons and videos from many kinds of martial arts. There is also a movie section, of course, showing martial arts in movies, with some posters and props.
I enjoyed seeing the different cultures' weapons, but I would have liked to learn more about the style of fighting. How is Tae Kwon Do different from Judo, for example. It could have been more informative. It's a good start, however.

1 Thank ryansdavis
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“It's a cool start but needs more museum material”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

I came in at around 1pm. Most of the information that they presented are already available out there. Some museum pieces have been donated by well-known martial artist that gives credibility to their collection. I would like to see more museum pieces in the future and kudos to the people that created this museum for the martial arts.

Visited February 2013
Thank Neil N
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Fresno, Ca
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165 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“The only one in the world!!!”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

If you're ever in Burbank, Martial Artists and Non-Martial Artists alike will enjoy and benefit from a visit to this unique museum. Curator Michael Matsuda is friendly, and happy to answer questions about the museum.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank dbrgdmn
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Burbank, California
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42 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Comprehensive overview, but not enough real action.”
Reviewed April 22, 2012

This museum has been open for 10 months and I don't think many people know about it yet. It's a small building on Magnolia that I only noticed driving by when they had their Grand Opening sign out. My husband and I bought a deal from Living Social when it came up. Regular admission is still very reasonably priced.

We went on a Sunday afternoon and were the only people there. The museum is divided into sections by country and covers the different styles of martial arts and cultural dance in each area. There are costumes/uniforms and also weapons displayed. The displays are less historical artifacts and more reproductions, which the manager said are all donations. Each section also features a video on a small screen that gives an overview of the country's culture.

The thing that I really felt was missing was a demonstration of the differences between the styles. It's one thing to read about it, but I didn't truly understand how each form looked. The videos only show brief snippets. I wanted to see more of the unique movements and weapons demonstrated.

The museum holds an array of events listed on their website from cultural, dancing, and fighting exhibitions. I would really like to attend one of these. But I think you should be able to experience the martial arts in the displays without having to also go to an event.

The manager was very friendly and clearly has a passion for the collection and the events. He was eager to answer any questions.

If you live in Burbank, I'd definitely recommend a visit. Plan to spend about an hour to an hour and a half. I'm hoping this museum will continue to evolve with the support of the community.

Visited April 2012
1 Thank Trysta B
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