Martial Arts for Neurodiverse Youth

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Bel Air Jiu-Jitsu is a martial arts school designed specifically for neurodiverse youth. We partner with other schools to offer classes that accommodate our student’s interests, strengths and challenges—all in a safe, fun and inclusive environment.



OUR MISSION

Teach martial arts to neurodiverse youth by connecting to their world, inspiring them to move, play and learn together to instill the skills and values for them to live up to their full potential.


WHO IS IT FOR

Our classes are designed for kids who aren’t yet ready or simply need a little bit more support to join a regular martial arts school. Being distracted, withdrawn, defiant or prone to emotional outbursts exist to some extent in all kids but when expressed to a high degree, they create a barrier to learning. At Bel Air we do not focus on these visible challenges but rather on understanding each student’s profile to develop an effective strategy.








VISIBLE CHALLENGES


DISTRACTED

Child is easily distracted by the environment. Hyperactivity and compulsive actions also hinder focus.

WITHDRAWN

Having no interest in a suggested activity or absolutely want to do something else.

DEFIANT

Frequently argues and ignores requests. Can lead to hurtful words and annoying behavior.

EMOTIONAL OUTBURSTS

Meltdowns or tantrums that can lead to aggressive behavior.

COMMON ROOT CAUSES


SENSORY

Child is hypersensitive or unresponsive to things in the environment. Normal sounds or a light touch can be overwhelming.

ANXIETY

Feeling distress, nervousness or fear in everyday situations.

EMOTIONAL SELF-CONTROL

Inability to regulate emotions and is often stubborn.

WEAK MOTOR SKILLS

Difficulty with balance, core stability, coordination, flexibility and strength.

WHAT SETS US APART


Attuned to neurodiverse kids

Our coaches are flexible and experienced about teaching neurodiverse students.

Small class size

We offer small group classes where students receive the individual attention they need to learn and progress at their own pace.

Collaborative

We work with parents, schools and caregivers to ensure that our training is aligned with each child’s goals.

Parent Class

We offer classes for parents so they can play and learn with their kids at home.

App

Continue your martial arts training at home with your family and friends thanks to our Smoothclass app.

Alliance

Our partnership with local studios embodies an inclusive environment and facilitates the transition from Bel Air to their programs.

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 (Private, Fundamentals, Intermediate or Advanced) and then work towards transitioning to the regular Jiu Jitsu program at one of our partner schools within the same location.



1-ON-1 INTRODUCTION

An informal assessment will be made at first to determine a child’s readiness for Jiu Jitsu as well as his degree of interest.


PRIVATE

1-on-1 session with an instructor helps the student to become familiar with Jiu Jitsu and get ready to join one of our group class.


FUNDAMENTALS

Small group class up 4 students with high support needs.


INTERMEDIATE

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


ADVANCED

Group Class for students with some support needs and close to transitioning to our partner school.


FULL TRANSITION

Student graduates from the Bel Air program and joins the regular program at our partner school.

BENEFITS



FITNESS

Jiu Jitsu builds strength and promotes core stability and agility




FOCUS

By being engaged in a highly technical activity, students learn to better pay attention




SOCIAL SKILLS

Kids interact with each other as they join in a fun activity




CONFIDENCE

As kids meet the physical and mental challenges of Jiu
Jitsu, their confidence grows along with their abilities


WHAT OUR PARENTS SAY

This program has been developed in close collaboration with parents.



LEA

“Using the martial arts as tools, kids are being taught discipline, respect, dedication and love. The instructors are great. They never give up. They teach patience, dedication and endurance by living them. I am very fortunate to have known Alex Truong who have been training my son beyond his call of duty.“

ARGELIA

“My son has been practicing jiu jitsu for a couple of months now and I am truly impressed of his progress. For those parents with special needs kids I would truly recommend this place it is beyond awesome and the staff and their dedication it’s impressive.“

ROCHELLE

“If your child has special needs, and you are interested in finding an extracurricular activity that will be beneficial AND be able to accommodate his/her needs, look no further. I feel so fortunate that a place like Bel-Air Learning Center exists. My older son has been taking classes there for the past few months, and he is engaged, happy, and learning at a pace that works for him. Alex, the owner and lead instructor, really takes the time to get to know your child. He is a nurturing, flexible yet firm instructor. I highly recommend Bel Air Learning Center, and feel that Alex and his staff are dedicated and well trained.“

ELIZABETH

“I recommend Bel Air Learning Center – Jiu Jitsu for so many reasons! Alex Truong is a great instructor and I admire his patience and ability to teach special needs children. My son has learned so much since he joined. Jiu Jitsu classes have helped him during his Physical Therapy sessions. He’s now able to accomplish more tasks and keep his stamina up. Also, a big thank you to Eduardo for always keeping him moving and helping him finish what he started.“

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