South Milwaukee, WI - Sorce Martial Arts announces their Expansion Grand Re-Opening and Open House for Thursday, July 24, from 5 to 9 p.m. during the city of South Milwaukee’s annual Heritage Days Festival Evening on the Avenue in the downtown district.
The event will be an open house for the community to tour the newly expanded facilities, observe adult and child martial arts classes, meet with instructors and staff and take advantage of enrollment specials. In place of the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, there will be a belt-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. The Grand Re-opening also marks the 10th anniversary of Sorce Martial Arts at their current location at 926 Milwaukee Avenue.
“We’re excited about opening the doors of our new facility and sharing everything that martial arts has to offer our community,” says owner and Master Instructor Pete Sorce. While the expansion has taken more than a year to complete, Sorce says that the process has been worth it. With more than 250 adults and children actively attending classes, he adds, “I wanted to create a special space that models the quality of our programs and not be simply a gym or a toddler playground.”
The lower level of the two-story building, which used to house a pharmacy and small offices covered with aging wood-paneling, mismatched carpeting and very little natural daylight, has been completely transformed into a 6,000 square foot contemporary martial arts school. The expanded space now features two full-sized training rooms, new ample viewing areas for families, a private lesson room and offices, a lounge area, and new bathrooms and changing rooms. The look and feel of the space is natural, contemporary and open.
Sorce says that he spent a lot of time researching options for a larger facility to accommodate the school’s growing student base and additional classes. He considered other existing buildings in the area and new construction, but eventually decided to stay at the existing location and expand the space. Pete and Rachel Sorce purchased the building last May, then started the demolition and remodel immediately. Throughout the process, classes in the front half of the building continued as usual.
Sorce Martial Arts offers classes in traditional Taekwon-do (Korean karate), Inayan Eskrima (Filipino empty hand and weapon art) and Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu (traditional Japanese Ju Jitsu). The curriculum is designed to help people of all ages and learning styles master martial arts concepts and techniques, including practical self-defense and meditation to help calm the mind, improve focus and strengthen willpower. Additionally, special events such as classes taught by guest instructors from across the county, self-defense workshops, invitational tournaments, an internal mini-tournament, day camps and much more, are available.
Sorce has been teaching martial arts for 25 years. He started his training at the age of 6 when severe asthma and allergies prevented him from participating in other sports. From the age of 10, he dreamed of having his own martial arts school. Years later, while studying electrical engineering at UW-Milwaukee, Sorce started the South Milwaukee Recreation Department’s first Taekwondo Program in January, 1997. Seven years later in July of 2004, he opened Sorce Martial Arts with 1650 square feet at 926 Milwaukee Avenue. Within three years, he doubled the size of the facility to 3300 square feet.
When asked about his teaching style, Sorce says that he uses a positive, upbeat approach while demanding that students give their best to reach their own best potential. He says that every martial arts school is different and each school owner has their own way of doing things. He adds that it is important to research different schools and be sure that you understand and agree with their teaching philosophy first. “Learning martial arts the right way can be difficult because it isn’t a quick process. We train all of our instructors using the same methodology in order to keep classes fresh and interesting so students stay motivated while taking the time to become their best,” says Sorce. Among his students, Sorce currently has three who are 4th degree black belts who each have more than 20 years of training.
Master Sorce is a 6th degree black belt in traditional Taekwondo, is ranked as Kadua Guro in the Inayan Eskrima system and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Japanese JuJitsu (Danzan Ryu JuJitsu). He is a co-founder of the Milwaukee Gathering, an annual Milwaukee adult martial arts seminar. He is a former electrical engineer (GE Medical Systems). Sorce Martial Arts is an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau and member of the South Shore and South Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce. For details, visit www.sorcemartialarts.com or call (414) 755-9068.
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