Fight Club Martial Arts opens in RehobothInstructor inspired by, teaches Bruce Lee style
Rehoboth Beach — The first rule of Fight Club Martial Arts is you do talk about Fight Club Martial Arts. Owner and instructor Dan Sorber says the focus of his new studio is to teach people practical self-defense techniques applicable to real-world situations.
“I want to get [students] to the point where they feel confident in their ability to defend themselves,” Sorber said. “That is really the reason why we're here. A lot of these places focus on the sport aspect, but I focus on making people feel safe.”
The studio is located in the Rehoboth Service Center on Hebron Road just off Route 1, formerly the location of CrossFit Rehoboth.
Sorber teaches jeet kune do, a martial arts style created by film star Bruce Lee.
“A lot of people don't realize Bruce Lee had his own fighting style,” Sorber said. “As famous as he was for his movies, he was just as famous in the martial arts community for all the innovations he made, and jeet kune do is sort of the whole process he came up with.”
Sorber said he is the only jeet kune do certified instructor in Delaware that he is aware of; however, there are others who teach the martial art. What sets Sorber apart from other instructors is how he learned Bruce Lee's style. Bruce Lee had three schools, at which he entrusted three instructors to teach his fighting style. The man who taught and certified Sorber was a student of one of Lee's original three instructors.
“That's important in martial arts because people want to see where you learned from and who they learned from,” Sorber said.
Despite being a Bruce Lee fan growing up, Sorber did not set out to become a jeet kune do student and instructor. He trained in many other martial arts before coming across an instructor who taught the fighting style. He said his teaching style is similar to his instructor; a hands-on approach that puts students into sparring situations early on.
“I've been a member in a martial arts school where they rarely sparred, and to me that makes no sense because how are you learning to apply what it is you're learning?” he said. “You can't kick at the air forever. You're going to have to put the pads on and get in the ring with someone because that's the closest thing you're going to get to a real fight.”
His classes are also nontraditional in that students are not required to wear gis and they do not spend time doing choreographed forms at each session.
“I'm trying to take a more practical approach,” he said.
Sorber offers classes in the morning and evening Monday through Saturday. Private lessons are also available. For more information, go to www.fightclubmartialarts.com or call 302-396-7438.