Highlights of the collection include replica Japanese 12th century Samurai armor, traditional Hawaiian shark-tooth-lined “knuckledusters” and even Daniel Larusso’s headband from “The Karate Kid, Part II.”
And there are swords. Plenty of swords.
“Unless you own one,” says Matsuda, “this is just about the only place you can come and handle a samurai sword.”
Matsuda himself is an accomplished practitioner of the art of Monkey Kung Fu, a Chinese martial art that uses monkey-like movements as part of its technique. He bolsters the museum’s collection with a spate of martial arts and Asian cultural programming.