At Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu School we “go big or go home”.
This month I decided to celebrate my birthday, inviting all my martial art students, good friends, and family members to a Brazilian BBQ at San Gorgonio Park here in San Clemente, CA.
There’s nothing better than celebrating our birthdays with people we like.
Alex, our BBQ master
Also, it was a great way to gather a good number of my martial art students together so they can get to know their teammates a little better.
One of our goals in Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu School is to create a community of great people that support each other and our local community, with a common passion, Jiu-Jitsu.
It was amazing! More than 100 people showed up for this event, including kids, parents, siblings, wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, and even grandparents of our students. Even Sensei Saulo Ribeiro showed up.
During the event, our students had a chance to try an authentic Brazilian BBQ and, according to the feedback I’ve got, they loved it.
But we also had other foods. Many of our students brought delicious side dishes that added to the feast.
The food was good, the conversation was good, but playing soccer with some of the young students was awesome. Unfortunately, my team lost.
We even had a push challenge. Sensei Saulo challenged one of our young adult students for a pushup contest. We caught all on video and you can watch the video down below.
In Conclusion, we all had an amazing time. It’s good to hang out with our martial art family outside the Dojo and get to meet their families. Next month we’ll get together again. Stay tuned.
Research shows that successful people in all areas have many things in common and one of them is goal setting.
If you ask a professional athlete or a successful entrepreneur, the majority will say that they set goals yearly, weekly, and some of them even daily. Why?
The main reason is that it’s very difficult to analyze your performance if you don’t have something to compare too. For example, Michael Phelps probably, at some, point set a goal to become an Olympic champion, and he used that as a target to guide the way he was going to prepare himself to achieve it.
So, how important is it for a child to learn how to set goals? I would say VERY IMPORTANT, don’t you think?
What activities do you know that will help your children improve their goal setting skills?
I know the one that can definitely help, martial arts, but how?
Setting goals is a habit and like any habit, it can be developed. At Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts school we have many ways to instill this habit in our young students. Below are some examples.
Setting Daily Goals
At our martial art school, in every class, we award students that do well in performing and perfecting their techniques, training with their partner, and being a role model during class. This way, the students learn to have a daily goal to be achieved.
I can’t tell you how hard the kids try to achieve those goals. It really means a lot to them.
Setting Weekly Goals
We give our students “life-skills homework” with weekly chores that they have to complete in order to earn their “life-skill stripes”. We even have homework especially designed to teach goal setting. At our martial art school, we really take our students’ character development seriously.
Setting Monthly Goals
There are a couple different goals we have our young students set for each month.
One is to learn a variety of techniques and demonstrate them at the end of each month so they can earn their new rank (belt).
Another one is our martial art “Student of the Month” award, which is given to the students of each program that demonstrate what we call “black belt attitude” during the month.
Setting Goals to Improve Their Ranking
The belt system in our martial art school is a great way to instill short-term and long-term goal setting in our students.
This system allows the student to set a short-term goal to attain the next belt rank and also to set a long-term goal to attain their black belt. By setting and achieving these goals, the child feels more motivated to set new goals that can also be achieved, thus, creating the habit of setting and achieving goals.
Setting Goals to Win Tournaments
Our students also compete in many tournaments and setting goals to excel in tournaments is another great way to learn how to set goals.
Our instructors don’t force any student to compete because the REAL competition in martial arts is with ourselves. Instead, we try to create an interest and desire so that the ones who would like to compete are motivated and properly guided.
In conclusion, the habit of setting goals is a must for achieving success of any kind, and it’s our responsibility as parents to help our children develop this important life skill.
Many parents are trying to find the best martial arts for their 4-year-old child or even find out if they should be starting martial arts at all. So, with a variety of different opinions out there, how can you know you’re making the right choice?
The answer to this question will depend on what do you, as a parent, expect to get out of martial arts for your child. But it will also depend on what is best for a 4-year-old to advance his/her development.
First, let’s try to understand a little bit more about your 4-year-old child.
Naturally, their attention span and focus are short. Especially when it is a distraction that is extremely fun like TV, for example. A lot of them still can’t put a bigger group of words together to express themselves. They are in the early stages of learning body control and coordination. But, they are also like “sponges” and they are always asking “why”, therefore, they are ready to absorb a lot of things if well conveyed to them.
Here are some more development milestones kids of this age can exhibit, according to Kandace Herring, an educational director at Varsity Tutors.
Fine Motor Skills
Grasping a pencil/scissors
Zipping a coat
Writing their name
Gross Motor Skills
Kicking a ball
Taking turns in line when they have to
Following basic directions
Expressing their feelings with their own words
Using four-to-five-word sentences
Understanding responses to questions
Responding to questions
So, how can Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu play an important role in your child’s development?
Unlike other martial arts such as Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, and other styles that predominantly teach punching and kicking, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will teach your child how to physically touch another child without the intention of hurting them.
But that is only the “tip of the iceberg”.
The Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in San Clemente, for example, will teach a 4-year-old much more than that. It will teach them how to improve their gross and fine motor skills, social and language skills, and it will plant the seeds of personal development.
At Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu School, the 3-5-year-old program is designed specifically to cater to this age group and to their needs. Kids will learn how to focus, be respectful, control their body, improve their discipline, speak in front of the group, and much more.
It’s unbelievable to think that some parents tell others not to register their kids into a professional, kid-friendly, martial art such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
But beware, not all Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools understand how to teach a 3-4-5-year-old. In this case, stay away from these schools because they’ll ruin the experience for your child.
On July 15, in San Clemente, Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s Kids Martial Arts Demonstration Team and our Senseis, Paulo Guillobel and Andre Pontes, were about to show their self-defense techniques at the Ocean Festival event.
The crowd gathered around as soon as they heard the music from action movies playing in the background, dictating the pace of the techniques that were going to be performed by kids as young as 4 years old.
The kids were on a stage right on the sand at the beautiful San Clemente beach, just a few yards away from the ocean and the Pier.
Their parents were there, excited to watch how their kids would perform. They were ready to watch closely and cheer for their kids, which usually make their kids perform with more enthusiasm.
The demonstration started with our martial art students saying our student’s oath out loud. Then, they jumped (Literally) right into the warm up. I said “literally” because they were jumping and rolling over their Sensei’s bamboo sword.
After the warm up, the kids continued showing their martial art techniques, which consisted basically of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu self-defense moves. They used a variety of takedowns, punch and kick defenses, joint locks and chokes.
The crowd went crazy when they saw 4-5 years olds using their techniques with so much confidence and remembering their routine perfectly.
“It’s very rewarding to see our kids overcoming their fear of being the center of attention of a large number of people, and also working together as a team to put on the best demonstration they can possibly do.” Said one of the parents.
After the kids’ performance, Sensei Paulo Guillobel and Sensei Andre showed some of their more advanced techniques, which made the crowd get even more excited.
Our Martial Art School is very fortunate to be invited to present at the San Clemente’s Ocean Festival every year. San Clemente’s Ocean Festival is probably the biggest event we have in our city and it brings thousands of people to it.
If you haven’t seen Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s demonstration yet, make sure you and your family come next year to watch it. For more information on our Martial Art programs, please call: (949) 366-2107.
When people think about kids martial art classes, they think about self-defense and self-discipline, but at Guillobel Academy in San Clemente we teach a lot more than that.
In our Dojo, kids martial art program is a way to improve all aspects of life, and we can accomplish that by developing the right habits necessary to achieve our major goals.
Self-defense, for example, improves self-confidence. A Confident person is more likely to find better jobs, get better grades, become a leader, and have better relationships.
When you’re more confident you also have more self-esteem. Here is what Dorothy Corkille Briggs, the author of Your Child’s Self Esteem has to say about the impact of self-esteem in our child’s life:
“Your child’s judgment of himself influences the kind of friends he chooses, how he gets along with others, the kind of person he marries, and how productive he will be. It affects his creativity, integrity, stability, and even whether he will be a leader or a follower. His feelings of self-worth form the core of his personality and determine the use he makes of his aptitudes and abilities. His attitude towards himself has a direct bearing on how he lives all parts of his life. In fact, self-esteem is the mainspring that slates every child for success or failure as a human being.”
Wow! Think about what you just read. I’ll repeat the last sentence for you, “Self-esteem is the mainspring that slates every child for success or failure as a human being.” That’s why it’s so important to always work on improving your child’s self-esteem.
Frankly, I think it’s never to late for a child or an adult to empower his/her self-esteem. You just have to do the right things and connect to people and places that will help you improve on these areas.
That is why at Guillobel Academy, we believe martial art is just an “instrument” to empower our lives. Here, every instructor is trained to read personal development books periodically, so they can gain the knowledge to share with our students during all our kids martial art classes.
“In the 3 months that my son Logan has been training at Guillobel I have already seen so much growth in him. He is taking so much pride in getting better at his skills. As a parent its a great thing to be able to wittiness.”
– Krystal Gruber
Positive mental attitude, self-discipline, focus, respect, integrity, teamwork, goal setting; these are some of the life skill we instill in our students throughout our kids martial art classes.
What other sport activity provides all that? Honestly, they don’t even teach these life skills at regular school.
Also, not all martial art schools focus on personal development. Some only teach self-defense. But the ones that do can really help transform any child.
What do Martial Arts, Ginastica Natural and surf have in common?
Ginastica Natural is a workout created more than 30 years ago by Professor Alvaro Romano. In a nutshell, it’s a blend of martial arts, animal moves, Yoga and Tai Chi.
Professor Alvaro became really famous in Brazil for teaching top-level athletes, and now he is here in the USA spreading the benefits of his unique workout by teaching classes and seminars all over the country.
Lately, he’s started training surfers. John John Florence and Adriano De Sousa were two of the surfers that were training Ginastica Natural before they had won their world titles.
Frankly, I’ve been doing Ginastica Natural throughout my whole Martial Arts career, and I believe it is the best form of workout for any athlete of any sport.
Because San Clemente is a surfing town, I’ve convinced Professor Alvaro to give us a shot. So I brought him in to Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu San Clemente to teach our new generation of surfers and get them ready for their tournaments.
Yadin Nicol and Sensei Guillobel
As a martial artist and a surfer, I strongly believe that Ginastica Natural and martial arts training can extremely improve someone’s surfing skills. Martial arts will teach you confidence and balance, when Ginastica will improve your agility, balance, strength, breathing and much more.
So far, the results of Ginastica Natural training with Prof. Alvaro Romano have been incredible. All of the kids in the program have shown improvement in their surfing career. Some of them have never placed in tournaments before and now they are getting on the podium with results from first to third place.
The Ginastica Natural classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday at Guillobel Martial Arts Academy in San Clemente from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM. For more information, call (619) 841-5220.
One of the abilities Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) gives to its practitioners is the ability to control their opponent during a fight. But can BJJ also help you control your diabetes? The answer is Yes!
Throughout my career as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor, I’ve seen many cases where BJJ has helped my students with their diabetes.
Recently, I was observing a student of mine that has one of the severest cases of diabetes I’ve ever seen. His name is Steve.
Steve joined my martial arts school about seven years ago, and since then, I’ve seen, for the first time, how hard diabetes can be on a person’s health.
I didn’t know then, but when he joined my BJJ school here in San Clemente, he was in really bad shape.
I’ve seen him throwing up, shivering, and almost fainting after some of the classes, but his determination to continue was amazing.
Lately, I noticed that he doesn’t react the same way. He looks much healthier and confident, then, I decided to interview him. I wanted him to share his story with the world so people can benefit from it like he did.
So here is the interview…
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu student, Steve Habecker
Hi. I’m here with Steve and we’re going to talk about his story before and after he joined my school – Steve is diabetic, but since he has joined BJJ, his condition has improved a lot. So we’re going to talk a little bit about that. OK?
So first of all, Steve, let’s talk about before you started martial arts, how was your life– and what type of diabetes you have?
Steve: Hello everyone, I’m Type 1.
So, what were you doing before starting jiu-jitsu and how was your health back then?
Steve: Pretty much nothing. I used to ride my bike and stuff, lift weights, things like that. But before jiu-jitsu, my diabetes was terrible. I had blood tests from my doctor telling me that certain numbers of things were too high. I was having system failures like in my organs. I had nerve damage. I was constantly hospitalized. I wouldn’t even remember going to the hospital. It was about as bad as you could be.
Wow! Do you remember some of the numbers?
Steve: Oh yeah.
So tell us a little bit about them.
Steve: Well, you check your blood with a meter and it keeps tracks of all your blood sugars. My 2-week and month-long averages were well into the 400s and, sometimes, even 500s, which is 5 to 6 times what your normal blood sugar should be. So, you’re not running well. It’s almost like you’re dehydrated. You got thick ketchup going through your veins instead of liquid blood.
Super painful. You’re nauseous all the time. I was bedridden 18 hours a day for about a 5-year period of my life. A couple of years before, I actually first joined the academy and I just… I had to deal with those complications.
I remember when you started. So first, what brought you into martial arts?
Steve: Well, that was my father. When I was young, he always had a punching bag. We did karate and Kung Fu. I was on the demonstration team, competition team. And that was my youth. And I regard that as real good time in my life because I was real healthy before I got diabetes. I got diabetes about 13.
And I just saw O.C. Dojo where you had classes there and I wanted to just try it out because it was a mix of things and I really took to the jiu-jitsu. I got the Purple Belt instructor there at the time who taught a lot of the classes and I got along and then ended up at your academy and just loved the environment and I found like-minded people and I felt really supported immediately.
I remember it wasn’t easy for you at first. You had a lot of episodes, right?
Steve: Oh Yeah.
So back then, how was your routine? And talk a little bit about your first experiences because it wasn’t like an easy experience I believe.
Steve: I threw up. I threw up a lot in those early classes because I was going from having no routine. My routine was like I lift weights sometimes. But I wasn’t health-minded. It’s here (Guillobel’s School) where I learned to actually throw a good food in to get a good result because I was seeing what I was seeing. I would come into class, and I’d have these episodes.
If I ate something junky before, my blood would be high and I’d be really dizzy, nauseous. I’d have to finish the classes with my head in the sink, pouring water on me, going out. You’ve seen it a few times.
And then on days where I’m not getting the proper nutrition, I’m going to have a little blood sugar during class and then you’ve seen have to drink drinks and eat food and stuff, cut off the mat early just to do that.
And those moments are about as hectic as my whole life was, just constant ups and downs. No control. Feeling like I would never get control of the diabetes until I started getting control of myself, like having a self-discipline, coming in all the time because I love coming here. Figuring out what to eat because I need to keep coming here. I can’t miss days because I’m sick.
And my sugars – there’s a test called an A1C where they can see what your average glucose is over a long period of time. It’s a blood drawn test. And I went from just horrific numbers where my doctors were always worried about me, and like begging me to fix myself back when I was not caring about myself anymore, to actually I’m at a normal range. I’m in a good range within that normal range and my organs are healthier than 20-year-old non-diabetics.
That’s awesome, man! The reason I decided to interview you was because I noticed that you’re not having the same reactions you used to have back in the days. You are now, most of the times, doing all the classes and training. We’re not worried about you like we used to be.
So tell us a couple of the things you’ve been doing that is helping you to reduce the numbers and put you in a healthier state?
Steve: Well, number one, absolutely it’s the jiu-jitsu. You know as well as anyone it’s a different type of workout. Your metabolism is working for a lot longer after the workout than say weights or normal cardio. You’re burning all that energy and that’s all that sugar that’s normally sitting in my blood and being stagnant and making me feel bad. So that’s the main number one thing.
And I suppose the jiu-jitsu lifestyle that comes along with it, wanting to eat healthy, take care of myself. I even take care of my skin. You want to avoid any disease. So I wash with special soaps. I drink probiotics like the tip you gave me, drink it before bed. I just started doing that this week.
I mean those have to be the main things that have really driven my success in becoming who I am now. I am probably the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. I’m definitely the healthiest. And I’m not afraid to die like every day because there are times I wake up from a sleep drenched in sweat. My whole bed is wet with sweat and I have to deal with these medical emergencies.
And instead of them being every single day multiple times a day, now just within this last year and a half, two years especially, I maybe have one episode a week or every two weeks. And I just couldn’t be happier about that.
So, How are your numbers now? If you go to the doctor… like… how is it working there? What’s like the sugar level in your blood and all that stuff?
Steve: Well, my main blood sugar, the A1C, that’s under normal range. It was up like 12.8. Now it’s down to like I think 6.2 at my last one. And that’s what a normal person should be around. And then my 2-week and month-long average if you look at my testing meter, I think the last one I saw was like 178 and 180 something for my month.
So I’m constantly below 200, which is reasonable especially for an active lifestyle. You want it a little bit higher especially when you’re training like multiple times a day. But I’m usually a really good number. I don’t have to make any corrective doses. I just take insulin with my meals now.
OK. So if you have to tell people two or three things they should do that you did that could help lower and put them in that healthier level of being a diabetic, what would be those two or three things?
Steve: I guess the first thing would be instead of having the lifestyle of being like a catch-up style diabetic, like you mess up and then you try to fix it with more insulin or after the fact, you want to be a preventative. And like diet and exercise is preventative, living a healthy lifestyle.
So the next piece of advice would be to find something like jiu-jitsu. Find something you’re extremely passionate about, something you could do every day and get in that community of like-minded people who are going to support you in being healthy whether they are diabetic or not.
Everybody at this gym is like – has their own like input for things that have helped them out. They motivate you. I’ve made so many close friends here at the gym where they keep me on track. They ask me how my diabetes is doing. In the middle of the class, they are checking on me because they care and I have that same care for them. I look out for them and we’re like a support network. And when you have people who care about you, anything in life is that much easier.
I think those would be like the main …
Nice. All right, man. So it was nice listening to your story. I hope other people can benefit from it. There are a lot of people out there that at this point are like you were a couple of years ago, having all those problems. And your testimony can give them a little bit of hope.
“Why did Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu get voted the best martial arts school of San Clemente 3 years in a row?” asked the SC Times reporter.
This question is not as simple to answer as people think, because I don’t think there are only one or two reasons. It’s a combination of many little things put together.
There is a saying, “Big doors swing on little hinges.” And Guillobel BJJ school is always looking to improve on nuances that will make a big difference in the lives of our students.
At Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the student is more than a mere student, our mission is to care for them like family members. We want them to learn the best and purest form of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense, but we also want them to have a much better lifestyle and wellness.
We basically want all of our martial arts students to live a happier life, and for that, we try to provide them all the information and support we have to make this happen.
But being the best is not an easy job. It takes a lot of hard work because we have to always be improving our services. I strongly believe that if a person or a business is not getting better every single day, then it’s getting worse. There is no “staying the same”.
That’s why we commit to our students and to the community of San Clemente to ALWAYS improve our knowledge on martial arts and personal development; and also to consistently improve our services and our involvement with this community.
This journey doesn’t end here. We want to always be the best martial arts school of San Clemente and Orange County, maybe one day, even of the whole world.
By the way, we also won the Best Kids Summer Camp of San Clemente. To become the best summer camp of San Clemente among hundreds of summer camps is a huge deal. It’s one more proof of our hard work and passion for what we do.
So, if you’re not a student yet, currently we are offering a FREE trial with no-strings-attached.
And if you’re already a student… THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Do you know what books are the top sellers in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu category on Amazon today?
Above is the picture taken from the Amazon.com site:
What these two books have in common? They were written by two Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt masters from the same BJJ association, the Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association.
The Jiu-Jitsu University was written by my Sensei, Saulo Ribeiro, and the second one on the ranks, Mastering the 21 Immutable Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, was written by me, Sensei Paulo Guillobel.
As a Matter of fact, Jiu-Jitsu University by sensei Saulo Ribeiro is the number one bestseller book in the BJJ category of all times.
I think it’s very interesting that both of these books were written by two black belts that consistently share ideas and techniques about BJJ with each other.
The lineage that each BJJ instructor in the world comes from matters. Depending on where they come from, they will influence others on their understanding of the essence of our art.
I’m always very thankful for the Gracie family for sharing Jiu-Jitsu with the world. But today Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is way bigger than Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. There are many minds creating new ways of doing things every single day, however, the solid basics is what makes some instructors more knowledgeable than others.
When I wrote my book, I didn’t expect it to be such a big hit. My intention was to share some of my day-to-day knowledge and my observations to all BJJ enthusiasts.
Those were my personal experiences and my points of view. Also, it was a gathering of an array of information I’ve absorbed from my great Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu mentors.
My book is about principles; sensei Saulo’s book is about concepts and techniques. But one thing is for sure, somehow we’ve become the top two books in the world about BJJ, and that is something special.
All Martial Art Lessons Help Improve Children’s Focus But Not All Martial Art Schools Have a Proven System to Improve Children’s Focus Like Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu School in San Clemente.
Nowadays, with so many distractions, it’s getting harder and harder to get our children to pay attention to us (the parents), or completing their chores (I hope you are giving your child chores, but this is a subject for another blog).
Cell phones and IPads that provide us with pretty much all kinds of entertainment like movies, social media, text messaging, games, etc. Unfortunately, technology is contributing to this rising problem. There is even a new word for people that spend a lot of time looking down interacting with their smart devices, The “Smombies”.
Guess what? Your child might be becoming a Smombie. Scary right?
So what do you do if you’re a concerned parent?
A good number of parents are looking for ways to help their children focus more. For example, at my Martial Art School, this is a concern I hear from a lot of the parents. “Can you get my child to focus more?” “Can you turn my child into a good listener?” these are super common questions our instructors hear often.
And the answer is yes. At Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu we teach our young students to exercise their focus right from the get-go. We believe successful people are very focused people, and we are always pursuing ways to instill these values into our student’s daily routines. This is so important to us that we have developed a system that works.
We teach the kids about “the 4 Focuses” to become a black belt. We use: “to become a black belt” because we’re in a martial art school, but you can use this at home for any goal that may be appealing to your child (ex.: “4 Focuses to become a successful baseball player).
What are the 4 focuses? You might be asking.
First, focus your ears. We teach our students the importance of listening to their parents, teachers, instructors, etc.
Second, focus your eyes. We teach our students that listening is not enough; they have to develop their eye contact. We even mention that their eyes should be focused like “laser beams”.
Third, focus your mind. We teach our young students that the first two focuses are very important, but without focusing on their mind, the first two won’t work. They have to think about what they are looking at and what they are listening to, and what it all means.
And last but not least, we talk about focusing on the body. The benefits of focusing the body and having good posture.
So now you’ve just learned some of the techniques to improve your child’ focus. I recommend you try them on your child, or, if you need extra support, you can always bring your child to our martial art lessons and let us help you.
By the way, we offer 2 free private martial art lessons to first-timers and a free uniform ($57). And we are currently offering a 30-day free trial as well.