• Is my child ready to join?
  • Is my child old enough?
  • Does my child need a diagnosis to join your class?
  • Are Redzovic and Bel Air the same program?
  • Can I watch the class?
  • How long is the class?
  • What’s the difference between Fundamentals, Intermediate and Advance classes?
  • What does my child need to wear?
  • How much does it cost?
  • How do belt promotions work?
Is my child ready to join?

Students must have the cognitive and physical ability to participate by being able to remain calm and regulated enough to follow simple one-two step commands. For example, students should be able to remain on the mat on their own and play the game Simon says. During the 1-on-1 Assessment your child will be given some time to get familiar with the gym if necessary. As the session progresses your child should already be able to interact with the coach. At the end of the 1-on-1 Assessment, our coach will share with you her/his observations, let you know if our program is fit to help your child and which class she/he recommends (Private, Fundamentals, Intermediate and Advanced.)

Is my child old enough?

Most students are between 6 and 12 years-old. Contact us for more information for teenagers and young adults.

Does my child need a diagnosis to join your class?

No. Even if most of our students have a diagnosis (ie: ADHD, autism (level 1)/Asperger’s, ODD, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, motor planning disorder, …), some others don’t. If your child is not ready to join a typical martial arts school but meet the pre-requisites evaluated during the 1-on-1 assessment, our program is a fit for you.

Are Redzovic and Bel Air the same program?

Bel Air is an affiliated school of Redzovic which is one of the largest Jiu Jitsu teams in the Midwest with 3 locations in Chicago (Lincoln Square, Lincoln Park and the Loop). Bel Air and Redzovic are two Jiu-Jitsu schools independently owned and operated under separate management.

Redzovic is a big advocate in helping youth reach their full potential. They support Bel Air by opening their doors to families with children who needs more support and aren’t ready yet to join a regular Jiu-Jitsu program.

Our coaches train at Redzovic and some of them teach there as well. This partnership embodies an inclusive environment and facilitates transition from Bel Air to Redzovic, or any other Jiu-Jitsu academies.

Can I watch the class?

Of course, you are more than welcome to observe. We will simply ask you to not react or call out your child. The mat should be perceived as a safe space for him/her to act naturally without fear of being criticized or seeking your attention. This environment helps us to evaluate more effectively the child’s progress. There might be a time where we will ask you to sit a little further but we will definitively come to you if needed. On the other hand, please do not hesitate to share any tips, observations, comments or feedback outside of the class with us.

How long is the class?
  • Fundamentals class: 45min
  • Intermediate class: 50min
  • Advanced class: 55min
What’s the difference between Fundamentals, Intermediate and Advance classes?

We have 3 group class levels (Fundamentals, Intermediate and Advanced) to match as much as possible each student’s profile. The differences are based on the class duration, size, coach-to-student ratio, class pace, coach flexibility, support required and Jiu-Jitsu curriculum.

What does my child need to wear?

During the first classes, your child simply needs to wear gym pants and a t-shirt that are not too loose.

Once you have decided to have your child train at Bel Air, we recommend purchasing our gym gi uniform ($80), the standard Jiu-Jitsu uniform composed of a heavy cotton jacket and reinforced trousers. The reasons to wear a gi are hygiene, team spirit and also functional (many techniques rely on the gi and it also slows down movements which facilitates learning.)

Since the gi uniform isn’t quite a sensory friendly clothing, we recommend students with sensory to wear compression clothing under their uniform.

How much does it cost?

We offer monthly membership. The cost decreases based on the class level (ie: Fundamentals, Intermediate and Advanced).

Note: We are not eligible for insurance reimbursement.

How do belt promotions work?

There are 5 belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for adults: White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black. Children under 16 receive Gray, Yellow, Orange and Green belts which are intermediate belts between White and Blue.

White stripes on belt is a way to measure progress between belts. Once a student receives 4 stripes on his/her belt, he/she is closed to be promoted to the next color belt.

Stripe and belt promotion are awarded for training time, Jiu-Jitsu knowledge and skills developed, and most important how students carry themselves on and outside of the mat (ie: behavior, attitude).