This program picks students up from school ages 7-14 and provides them with transportation to our classes at Brea Jiu-Jitsu. On the pick up service, they will have access to all of the class offerings. Parents may pick students at the conclusion of any one of the classes listed on our schedule at your convenience. Consistent attendance is strongly recommended to build skills in both Jiu-Jitsu and music.
How it works:
- Optional transportation is provided from local schools. Our vans have custom captains chairs with head rests and the instillation of 3 point shoulder seat-belts in 8 of 9 seats. We use 9 seat Ford E-150’s due to well documented safety concerns of 15 passenger vans. We serve BOUSD schools and availability is on a application basis due to pick up logistics.
- Students will have access to a small work area to work on homework and may opt out of our 3:30-4:30 classes for homework time if needed.
- Students on the pick up service will have free access to our music classes. We will supply a quality instrument and provide instruction on music theory and performance. This will be comprobable to BOUSD’s advanced elementary band program.
- Our Jiu-Jitsu classes will give the skills necessary for real self defense and will equip the practitioner to compete in sport Jiu-Jitsu tournaments against the most skilled kids teams in the world.
To learn what we do in our Jiu-Jitsu program, view the Kid’s Jiu-Jitsu portion of our website. You can learn about our approach, how Jiu-Jitsu differs from martial arts like Karate and Taekwondo, and our varied class offerings.
What we don’t do:
- No 10 year old black belts.
- No attendance cards.
- No Friday promotion day.
- No teaching the same 16 lessons over and over for years on end.
- No katas.
- No belt tests.
- No breaking boards.
Who will my children be taught by?
All classes are directly taught by our instructor and owner Dan Lukehart. This insures consistency of vision, has no instructor turn over, and provides consistent mentoring through all of the programs. Coach Dan is flanked by tutors and coaches who are within the circle of trust of Brea Jiu-Jitsu and aid in the implementation of the program.
A Brea native, Mr. Lukehart is an alumni of Olinda Elementary, Brea Jr. High and Brea High School where he was awarded with the nationally recognized Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. Dan has grown up in the city and knows of its traditions, culture, people and unique idiosyncrasies.
Professionally, he was a music educator for 10 years prior to the opening of Brea Jiu-Jitsu. He served as Elementary Band Director for the Brea Olinda Unified School District serving all six elementary schools. In his first year of instruction he grew the elementary band to 275 enrolled students – over double the year previous. He pushed the envelope documenting each students progress with audio report cards, after school rehearsals and doubling the amount of concerts throughout the year.
Having a music program is a way to have a comparable band program which is not limited by the constraints of a public school system. Students can and will progress at well past double the speed of the BOUSD elementary band program due to 2 weekly classes and smaller class size.
Ask other Brea educators about Mr. Lukehart:
Don’t take our word for it! Ask around Brea and you are likely not to receive a polished stock letter of recommendation, but personal accounts on how Coach Dan has influenced the community, schools and family. Many administrators in Brea sent their own kids to Coach Dan in music and Jiu-Jitsu and have developed friendships alongside professional relationships. Here are some people to talk to:
- Christine Olmstead – Director of Office of Academic Content for O.C. Department of Education, Former Arovista Elementary Principal, band mom, Jiu-Jitsu mom
- Val Miles – BOUSD Elementary teacher at Arovista Elementary, band mom
- Gail Lions – BOUSD school board member, band mom
- Bill Hall – BOUSD school board member, band dad
How we differ from others:
First, we are not a child care center or daycare. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend the classes. We discourage the use of Brea Jiu-Jitsu as a child care center.
Despite this, we realize that many are considering child care facilities as an alternative to our classes. Some child care facilities make strong claims about enrichment activities in addition to after school care. The unfortunate reality is there is a very wide gap between those who design and market the ideals and curriculum of a program, and those hired to implement it. A program is only as good as the people who are running it.
It is not possible for a part-time worker making close to minimum wage to give your child the consistency and mentoring that the job requires. Good teachers can be found in any program, but how long will an exceptional employee stay with that after school where its program supervisors make $11/hour for only a few hours each day? Regardless of approach, consistency is key as both an educator and parent.
We dive into the subculture of each art and begin the never ending quest of mastery in each discipline. This is only possible from a teacher who has existed in the culture of the art for a long period of time.
We only have a limited amount of spots available for this program and is open to kids 7-13 years of age. Reserve your spot by filling out our application and wait list form. Acceptance in the program is determined by order in which the application is received, commute distance, previous enrollment, attitude of the student and bell release schedule logistics. Please return it to us electronically by sending it as an attachment to BreaJiuJitsu@gmail.com or dropping it off during any scheduled class time.