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“John Corcoran Day” on March 28th: The Martial Arts Museum Celebrates Its Foremost Journalist

A onetime roommate of legendary karate champion Joe Lewis, Corcoran was also a ringside reporter at many historic sporting events including the inaugural 1974 PKA full-contact karate world championships as well as the inaugural 1976 WKA world kickboxing championships between the US and Thailand. Over more than four decades, Corcoran has served as editor of nearly every major newsstand martial arts magazine. He authored the "Martial Arts Encyclopedia" for which he received the Martial Arts Museum’s prestigious Hall of Fame honor, the Funakoshi Award. John Corcoran Day hails his accomplishments as America’s most distinguished martial arts journalist and reference book author.


BURBANK, CA — Throughout each year, the Martial Arts History Museum selects one day each to honor significant members of our community who have influenced countless others and made a major impact on our lives. John Corcoran, the pioneering journalist, editor and author, is one of those unique black belts that will be honored this year.

On Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 4:00 p.m., the museum will host “John Corcoran Day” here in Burbank. Family, friends, protégés and peers are invited to attend to celebrate his life and career.

“The museum’s past Honor Days have been devoted to famous martial arts masters and film stars,” explains Michael Matsuda, its founder and curator. “This marks the first time the museum will honor a prominent literary figure.”

In 2004, Corcoran was inducted into the Martial Arts History Museum’s Hall of Fame, receiving its elite honor, the Funakoshi Award, named after Master Gichin Funakoshi, the acknowledged “Father of Modern Karate.”

“John Corcoran Day is a time that we can all gather together to pay tribute to our friend and colleague,” Matsuda says. “We celebrate him because, over the past forty-one years, John has written millions of words about the martial arts and its practitioners. He has launched or elevated the careers of thousands of black belts and has changed countless other martial artists’ lives for the better. And what better place to honor a black belt for his martial arts history than at the museum that preserves our history?”

John Corcoran Day will consist of a video collage of his life, a video biography, a reading about him and the presentation of the Museum Certificate designed by Ed Parker, Jr. The event will also provide an opportunity for friends and colleagues in the audience to come on stage and talk about the difference Corcoran made in their lives.

“I was honestly stunned when Mr. Matsuda told me about this,” says Corcoran. “My first response was, “You think anyone other than me will show up?’ The truth is, martial arts writers get very little attention in our field. We’re always writing about everybody else and putting them in the limelight.”

Corcoran’s acclaimed body of martial arts literary work includes 12 books, the editorship of 24 magazines, and articles in “The Wall Street Journal,” “Parade,” the Sunday newspaper supplement, and “Daily Variety,” Hollywood’s leading trade paper. He’s also written one motion-picture screenplay (“American Samurai”) and has contributed to and/or appeared in five martial arts documentaries. In 1977, he pioneered multi-language article syndication in the martial arts and a large number of his subsequent stories were published in six languages in over 100 countries.

For the past 13 years, he’s served as managing editor of “Martial Arts Success,” the industry’s leading trade magazine.

Adds Matsuda, “When memorials are held, they are posthumous. The people being honored aren’t going to hear us talking about them. So, it’s rare that we get an opportunity to celebrate a person when he or she is alive. That’s why the Honor Days at the museum were created. These events evoke a lot of tearful moments as people come up and express their gratitude to the celebrant.”

The entrance fee for the event is only $10 per person and visitors can also tour the museum as well. To purchase tickets online, visit the museum’s website at www.MAmuseum.com. For more information, contact the museum at (818) 478-1722 or info@mamuseum.com.

The Martial Arts History Museum, a nonprofit business, is located at 2319 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank. Established in 1999, its purpose is to preserve the history of Asian martial arts and culture and honor the contributions of the Asian-American community and other martial arts pioneers.