In 1988, a young boy named Paulo Guillobel was fed up with being harassed by bullies at school and decided to join a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school.
He found Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (which in Brazil we call Jiu-Jitsu) through one of his school friends, Marcelo, that was already a student of this Art.
After listening to Paulo’s continuous complaints about having a bully targeting him, Marcelo suggested that Paulo should come with him to his Jiu-Jitsu school, owned and taught by Master Jorge Pereira.
Hesitant and afraid to show up at a martial arts school for the first time, Paulo invited three friends to go with him.
The four boys walked into Master Jorge Pereira’s Dojo without knowing what to expect, and one hour later they left feeling that they found something special. That was when Paulo fell in love with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
With only a few weeks into his new passion, Paulo was already dreaming of becoming the best kid in his group.
He went from training three times a week to five. Then to two times a day, five times a week, then six days a week, multiple times a day.
During summer vacation, he even trained three times a day, putting 6 hours of training per day while most of his teammates were barely training once a day.
Because of his commitment and passion, Paulo became one of the best young Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors in the world, winning multiple tournaments.
But Paulo was dreaming bigger. He wanted to be an accomplished Jiu-Jitsu teacher as well. He wanted to share his passion with others, so they could benefit from it as he did.
So, in 1992, he asked his Sensei if he could teach the 7 AM class, which was a time slot that his Sensei didn’t want to teach anymore.
That was when he started his teaching career parallel to his competition career.
A short period after that, Master Jorge opened a new location (Sao Conrado, Rio de Janeiro) and asked Paulo to run it.
Paulo soon became the head instructor of this location at only eighteen years old, and, over there, he taught kids and adults for eight years.
In January of 2000, Paulo moved to the U.S. to explore new possibilities, spread his Jiu-Jitsu around the world, and learn directly from Jiu-Jitsu legends like Rigan and Jean Jacques Machado.
He studied and taught under the Machado Brothers for seven years until he moved to San Clemente in 2005, where, after going there several times to surf, he decided it was the perfect place for him to open his first American Dojo under his name.
In 2007, he connected with two other Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legends, Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, that just had opened their Dojo in San Diego.
To continue studying Jiu-Jitsu from the best, Paulo started to train under the Ribeiro Brothers since the Machados were too far away.
Thirty five years after he started his Jiu-Jitsu journey, Paulo is now considered the number one Sensei (teacher) in San Clemente, CA.
He has had an accomplished competitive career and has become a well-known author. He is the only six-degree black belt in the region and has used his 35 years of experience to teach thousands of Orange County and San Diego residents.
Paulo owns and operates Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, which won the best martial arts school in San Clemente nine times consecutively.
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