OUR APPROACH

We have built and follow the framework below to teach our students.


OUR VALUES

– WE BELIEVE –



Every child is unique and has great potential.




Quality and positive experiences lead to long term developmental changes.




Vision, understanding, patience, and belief in a child’s abilities are essential for achievement.




Every parent wants to do right by their child.



STUDENT’S PROFILE

There are many skills we help our students to build. Even if we try to cover as many of them during class, each child has their own strengths and challenges. That’s why we focus our attention on the right skill set for each child. We have organized the skills into levels. Each level tends to provide the necessary foundation necessary for the next levels.



Dr. Rick Solomon is the founder of the Play Project Autism early intervention. Principle #4: “Play at the right level” to meet the child where he or she is at developmentally.


LEVEL 1

Interest

Fitness and Agility

Focus


LEVEL 2

Self-Discipline

Self-Awareness

Proficiency


LEVEL 3

Confidence

Emotional Self-Control

Social


LEVEL 4

Communication

Empathy

Leadership


OUR TEACHING STRATEGY

Instructors follow these four pillars to provide a quality and impactful class. A list of best practices and tips within each pillars are shared among instructors.

Instructors follow these four pillars to ensure an effective and productive class session.

PLANNING

Prior to class, we review each child’s profile to identify their goals, strengths and challenges. Even when following a curriculum, we will still create a fun and personalized lesson for each child.

SET THEM UP FOR SUCCESS

We prepare each child for success by minimizing distractions, communicating the agenda beforehand, and breaking down techniques into small steps.

CONNECT EMOTIONALLY

We strive to build a positive relationship with every child. We seek to inspire them by being positive and patient—creating a fun environment where they will allow us into their world.

CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVE

We listen to our students—and their parents—and respond by constantly improving our classes. We push each child to reach his full potential, but at his own pace.


RULES AND BEST PRACTICES


INSTRUCTOR RULES

Our commitment is to:
  • Maintain a safe and fun environment
  • Move on when the student gets stuck
  • Enforce student rules
  • React calmly to negative behaviors
  • Give a warning before consequences

STUDENT RULES

We expect our students to:
  • Be safe
  • Stay on the mat unless instructed otherwise
  • Be respectful of others
  • Take good care of their training partners
  • Take good care of the gym and its equipment

PARENT BEST PRACTICES

Parents have an important role in their children’s progress. Here are the 5 best practices we recommend our parents to follow:
  • Set them up for success
  • Stay on the side during class
  • Be your child’s #1 supporter
  • Talk to us
  • Bring them to class consistently
Set them up for success
  • Ensure your child gets enough rest
  • Arrive for class a little early when possible
  • Be enthusiastic and encouraging
Stay on the side during class
  • Avoid staring or calling out to your child
  • Refrain from coaching your child during or after class.
  • Stay in the waiting area unless invited onto the mat.
Be your child’s #1 supporter
  • Focus on what they do right
  • Initiate discussion on the way home about class and how they feel
  • Jiu-Jitsu is hard. Tell them often how proud you are.
Talk to us
  • Share with us any comments, concerns and feedback.
  • Share with us how your child is doing outside of the gym.
  • Ask us any questions.
Bring them to class consistently
  • Continuous effort is key to unlocking potential.


STUDENT’S JOURNEY AT BEL AIR

Students start their Jiu-Jitsu journey with a 1-on-1 assessment class. If the prerequisites are met, they join the recommended class (Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate or Advanced) and then work towards transitioning to the regular jiu-jitsu program at our partner school within the same location.

FIRST CLASS 1-on-1 ASSESSMENT
An informal assessment will be made to determine a child’s readiness for Jiu-Jitsu as well as his degree of interest.



ONE-ON-ONE INSTRUCTION

BEGINNER – PHASE 1

1-on-1 sessions with an instructor helps the student with high support needs to become familiar with Jiu-Jitsu.



PARTNERING

ELEMENTARY – PHASE 2

Small group class up 4 students with moderate support needs.



SMALL GROUP CLASS

INTERMEDIATE – PHASE 3

The student joins a class up to 6 kids with some support needs.


PARTIAL TRANSITION

ADVANCED – PHASE 4

Group Class for students with few support needs and close to transitioning to partner academy.


FULL TRANSITION
Student graduates from the Bel Air program and joins the regular program at a partner school.