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A Guild is about  learning a craft. The First Guild is about learning to craft yourself, to craft your identity.

A proven system of order, which is inherent within the structure of classical dance molds a strong, healthy identity is paves the road to success in every aspect of individual’s life.

Our students will start a day with the “Ballet & Identity” class.  The class will take place in a studio where under the supervision of the classical ballet instructor the students will do exersizes that stimulates focus and alertness, the qualities that are necessary for their work throughout the day.

"I think that I was waiting for something structured and disciplined like that, and that’s why I feel like the arts are so important for children... I think that whether or not they go on to become a professional or use that experience in their future jobs, it’s going to enrich their lives in some way…. it did that immediately for me".
Misty Copeland, Principal Dancer
American Ballet Theatre

Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is one of the fastest growing marshal arts in the world. Much of its popularity stems from the fact that the benefits you can gain from BJJ are both physical and mental.

After “Ballet & Identity” class and the afternoon break, the students will take Jiu-Jitsu class at Gerson Sanginitto Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Culver City, which is operated by 30-year jiu-jitsu black belt and master instructor Gerson Sanginitto.

Just after a few weeks of training the students will notice more muscle and less fat on their body. They will also notice  growing confidence. This sport transforms both, the mind and the body, helping a person to become stronger, faster, and more flexible. 

"I’ve come from a traumatic background.I’ve seen a lot of physical abuse in my home. I can get aggressive sometimes, you know, and upset and frustrated. Putting myself in this environment totally transformed my aggression into a controlled, focused attitude. And that’s why I train so much.  It’s almost like an exercise, but it’s also a discipline. So I go there to discipline all those chaotic feelings that I get".
Tarjei Hass, Jiu-Jitsu Assistant
Gerson Sanginitto Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Our History

First Guild started its history in 2006 as Dance Into Unity raising autism awareness. In 2014 the name was changed to Autism Unites. In 2016, The First Guild was born!