FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Is my child ready to join?
  • Is my child old enough?
  • Can I stay and watch the class?
  • How long is the class?
  • What does my child need to wear?
  • How much does it cost?
  • How do belt promotions work?
  • How do I book my child’s classes?
  • What is your cancellation policy?
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 Class your child will be given some time to get familiar with the gym if necessary. As class progresses your child should already be able to actively interact with our instructor. After the first class, we will share with you our observations and let you know if your child is ready to start training at Bel Air and which class we recommend (Private, Fundamentals, Intermediate and Advanced.)

See our class schedule at Lincoln Park here

Is my child old enough?

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

Can I stay and 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?

Duration of each class level:

  • Fundamentals: 45min
  • Intermediate: 50min
  • Advanced: 55min
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. That’s it 🙂 We train with very little equipment which is ideal to limit distraction.

After 4 classes, we recommend purchasing a 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 Drop-In and Month-to-Month membership. The cost decreases based on the class level (ie: Fundamentals, Intermediate and Advanced).

  • Drop-In starts at $43/class
  • Month-to-Month membership starts at $148/month

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).

More information about the IBJJF graduation system here

How do I book my child’s classes?

Once your child passed the 1-on-1 Assessment, use the Mindbody mobile app and find Bel Air Learning Center – Jiu-Jitsu to see the class schedule, book or cancel classes.

What is your cancellation policy?

For us to prepare for an effective class and to prevent having students without training partners, please notify us in advance if your child will not be able to attend.

We recommend parents to download the Mindbody mobile app to cancel or schedule a make-up class. This can also be done via our Mindbody system. Cancellation window closes 24 hours before the start of the class. Things happen, if you have an emergency within that 24 hours period please contact us directly to notify and reschedule a class.

Late cancellation fee is $25.



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