21 Sep

San Clemente: Jiu-Jitsu Schedule for Sep 25th

Our Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu San Clemente team will be busy this weekend. This Saturday, Sep 25th, part of our team will held to Dominguez Hills/Calrson to compete at the 2010 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Nationals Championship. The other part of our BJJ martial artists students will be at the Character Counts! Jamboree, at Vista Del Mar School in San Clemente.

BJJ Nationals

Photos and Video  by our talented Catarina

Last year the top students from our Guillobel BJJ-SC Competition Team fought at the Nationals under UNIJJ, who won the competition last year as the best team in the nation. UNIJJ was created by Saulo and Xande Ribeiro (Saulo is Paulo Guillobel’s teacher and mentor). Go, UNIJJ! Bring home also the 2010 trophy!

Who wants to check it out the address is:

California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson – California

100 E. Victoria Street – Carson, California 90747

BJJ at the Character Counts!

Last Year’s Photos

The Character Counts! Jamboree is a yearly event where booths showcase community services, reinforce the Character Counts theme of personal responsibility and provide a day of family fun. Guillobel Jiu-Jitsu San Clemente and its team performed last year. This year whoever we’ll have a booth at the event. Please come to check it out and help us. Admission to the Jamboree is free.

The Character Counts! is “an educational framework for teaching universal values and a national coalition of organizations that support each other.” It has 6 pillars: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship. Guillobel Jiu-Jitsu San Clemente embraces those 6 pillars inside and outside the mat.

Character Counts Jamboree

Saturday, Sep 25th – 11 am to 3 pm

Vista Del Mar Middle School, 1130 Avenida Talega, San Clemente

More info: Catarina 949 228-3870

Suggestion: California Coastal Clean-Up Day

Come be a part of one of the largest volunteer events of the year. In 2009, more than 80,600 volunteers worked together to collect more than 1,300,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways. Help us do our part in San Clemente. This year’s event will be held on September 25th at the San Clemente pier from 9am-12noon. Contact Mary Vondrak at (949) 361-8204 orVondrakM@san-clemente.org to sign up today. Interested in participating regularly in beach cleanups? Check out information on the San Clemente Adopt-A-Beach program atwww.scwatersheds.com

20 Sep

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu San Clemente: Testimonial from our Martial Art Student


Austin Leffel came to Guillobel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu San Clemente Academy a little more than 1 month ago. And it’s impressive to see even in such a short period of time, how our BJJ program impacts all our student’s lives. And Austin’s life isn’t an exception – or/and should I say, our lives isn’t the same?

Every day our jiu-jitsu family is getting stronger and stronger. Austin (and so many others that join in the last month) add to our team in so many good ways, that we are very fortune to be around them. Austin brings to our BJJ classes energy and his big smile to the mat, making it a pleasant environment to train our technical Martial Art. He sent us an e-mail quoting “I must say that you were a more welcoming gym than any other one I went to.  I appreciate your warm welcoming and am glad that I found your gym!”

Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu San Clemente is a very welcoming, safe and friendly academy that provides the BEST Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction in San Clemente. And now, with Austin being part of our team, it’s even better.

2 Weeks of FREE Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Martial Arts Training in San Clemente and Dana Point Area


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19 Sep

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu San Clemente Move of the week: BJJ Guard Pass

A lot of martial artists get frustrated when training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu because they don’t know how to pass the guard properly – specially if they practice with someone that knows how to use their legs and hips to have a great guard.

But from now on, you will no longer be frustrated when practicing our Martial Art! Sensei Paulo Guillobel, owner of Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu San Clemente, and black belt Andre brings to you this week, Sep 20 – Sep 25, one effective way in how to pass the guard. This BJJ technique can be used with the use of gi or without it, like when training MMA or grappling.

Keep in mind that it’s very important to control your opponent’s hips and legs. With proper brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training and a good number of repetitions of this technique, it won’t be hard to be very effective in your BJJ.

Notice: Safety always comes first. It is always better to train under guidance of a professional, like Sensei Guillobel, and in a safe and friendly environment, like Guillobel BJJ Academy. This video intends just to review the technique taught during class.

If you would like to learn more than just passing the guard, please redeem our offer now:

2 Weeks of FREE Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Martial Arts training in San Clemente and Dana Point Area

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17 Sep

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: what it is and where to find it in San Clemente

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is one of the world’s most effective Martial Arts and a superior form of self-defense. Not only has BJJ become recognised as perhaps the most elite of all martial arts in MMA and UFC championships, but has proven to be equally efficient on some of the roughest streets in the world as well as offering an array of other benefits for it’s practitioners.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is quite different from many other martial arts forms that you may have encountered before. BJJ focuses on grappling and ground fighting and is famous for it’s submission techniques that include a large variety of joint locks and choke holds. BJJ is a great choice for men, women, teens and kids alike and can be used to great effect by anyone regardless of size or strength. BJJ teaches maximum efficiency with minimum effort, where strategy plays as big a role as technique. It offers the ultimate in get fit programs for those that wish to become more flexible, agile and get ripped. It is the ideal self-defense system for all and can be used successfully against multiple attackers, armed opponents and even attack dogs. As a complete martial art, students will also discover higher levels of confidence and mental ability and children will be taught the value of principals and building a strong character.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was originally developed from Japanese Judo after Japan sent top martial artist Mitsuyo Maeda across the globe to compete and demonstrate techniques. It was in Rio de Janeiro that Maeda, also known as Count Koma met the Gracie family including Carlos and Helio Gracie who founded Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the early 1900s. However it wasn’t until it began to be exported that it started to be referred to as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Since then BJJ has enveloped the globe and has proven itself in many MMA competitions and has attracted a large following including most of the UFC’s top fighters. You will now find BJJ schools around the world including the Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy in San Clemente, California. Here you will find incredible instruction under Sensei Paulo Guillobel, who has trained extensively under Jean Jacques Machado, nephew of Carlos Gracie and one of the pioneers of this incredible martial art.

The advantages and benefits of BJJ are undeniable and even the most hardcore stand up fighters in the world have had to incorporate it into their training regimens in order to keep their competitive edge and be able to defend themselves in the octagon. So don’t you think you owe it to yourself to give it a try?

2 Weeks of FREE Jiu-Jitsu training in San Clemente and Dana Point Area

Professor Paulo Guillobel, owner and head instructor of Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu San Clemente, invites you  for 2 weeks of F-R-E-E lessons. And when he says it’s free, it’s free. No strings attached, no catches. Sensei Guillobel has a sincere goal of spread and share his 22 years of experience training and teaching our so loved Martial Arts. Come and give it a try. 

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16 Sep

San Clemente Schedule for this Weekend

Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu San Clemente is 100% dedicated to its community. So please, embrace these great events and take advantage of it. Both events are FREE.

Friday: Soleo, Surfline, Sambazon and West Dermatology Skin Cancer Screening

The Skin Cancer Screening will be held at Stewart’s Surf Shop tomorrow, Friday Sep 17th at 11:30 am. Stewart’s address is 2102 South El Camino Real San Clemente, CA 92672-3250. See you there!

Saturday,Kona Gallery Grand Opening

Big Wednesday Gallery – 412 North El Camino Real – San Clemente, California 92672 – +1.949.481.3747 or TheKONAGallery.com

San Clemente, California, U.S. – The KONA Gallery and Photojournalism Center invites one and all to the grand opening of its new addition, the Big Wednesday Gallery, on Sat., Sept. 18, 2010, from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. The Big Wednesday Gallery proudly presents Icelandic photojournalist Thorvaldur Örn Kristmundsson’s “Nature Is Brand” as its premier exhibition. 

Kristmundsson placed a manmade symbol of industrialization in southern Iceland’s tundra to show one of the world’s most recognized brands through nature’s perspective. The show runs through Dec. 1, 2010. 

Icelandic pop/dance trio the Charlies will be performing at 8 p.m. Hollywood Records plans to release a studio album by the Charlies early next year. The Charlies are exclusively on Hollywood Records.

15 Sep

Jiu-Jitsu Pro Gear Open will host a Super Fight in San Clemente

It’s on. Gilberto Farias and Paulo Guillobel are working diligently to put together an amazing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament in San Clemente. And they already surpassed some expectations.

Besides the great medal, the prizes, the amazing location in San Clemente, now all fighters have one more reason to sign up today. Gilberto Farias and Guillobel confirmed the Black Belt Super Fight (with gi) that everyone is expecting: Brazilian Nino Schembri x American Bill Cooper.

Gilberto Farias and Paulo Guillobel are working on some other great BJJ black belt matches. Certainly, more to come!

The Jiu-Jitsu Pro Gear Open will be held on Oct 24th, Sunday, in San Clemente. If you are going to compete, make sure to save your spot! All you have to do is sign up now to take advantage of a great discount on registration fee. Don’t miss it:


14 Sep

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and its Science


At Guillobel Jiu-Jitsu San Clemente Academy when someone talks about leverage, they are talking about using minimum effort for maximum effect. In a martial arts sense, generally we are talking about ways of controlling/moving/effecting someone whereby a smaller person can do so to a bigger guy with minimum effort.

Leverage is a mathematical formula = force multiplied by distance. It is a more efficient use of strength.

13 Sep

San Clemente Jiu-Jitsu Move of the Week: Sep 13th


San Clemente, CA, Sep 13  2010 – This week Sensei Paulo Guillobel teaches you a great counter to single leg take down. 

Single leg takedown is one of the most used takedowns in wrestling, MMA and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, so it is extremely important to a BJJ student to have at least one good counter for it. The counter that was shown in this video by Professor Guillobel not only defends the attack, but also reverse the position, putting the defender on top and in a great spot to start his or her own attacks. 

This instructional video was recorded at Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu San Clemente and it was just intent to review the techniques taught during class. Please, always remember: Safety comes first. DO NOT practice this technique without guidance of a BJJ master or a professional.



11 Sep

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in one word: adaptation

Yesterday a dear student from our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in San Clemente forwarded to me an article from easyjiujitsu.com  It’s well worth to share it. Please, read it and remember: BJJ is adaptation. As I always say: a monkey can not fight like an elephant, an elephant can not fight like a lion, an the lion can not fight like a monkey. BJJ helps you to find your strength. AND help you to overcome your excuses.

Article and image from easyjiujitsu.com

Jiu-Jitsu shows how it’s possible to ease and turn complicated situations around, whether in the dojo or in life. One of the great lessons on the mat is that, regardless of the obstacle, there are ways to overcome it. Take Helio Gracie, for example, who with the gentle art overcame health problems during childhood, and adapted his game in such a way as to handle much bigger and stronger opponents. Helio, during his day, definitely revolutionized fight techniques and debunked concepts considered solid up until that point.

The keyword is “adaptation.” The thousands – almost infinite – possibilities well-learnt Jiu-Jitsu provides are adapted as best suited to each individual, without regard to weight, strength, age, sex… That’s also the case with Gilberto “Gibs” Moya, a Marcos Barbosinha and Mario Dias black belt.

First, though, let’s recapitulate: In March of this year an on-line magazine published an article about Russell Redenbaugh. Blind and missing fingers, Redenbaugh earned his black belt at sixty-five years of age. Excited about it, he didn’t hesitate to send us the new first hand as the first person with such challenges to make it to the highest order.

It didn’t take long for the newsroom to be flooded by messages asking to correct the error. Brazil’s Giba Moyano, 100% blind due to congenital cataracts, was a black belt before that, and his story deserves telling. Now twenty-eight years old, with fourteen years of gentle art experience, Giba was promoted on July 27, 2008. But Jiu-Jitsu changed his life, definitively, when he was still a white belt.

Giba applying a Triangle Choke

“I was a thirteen-year-old, and I was lost. It’s a phase where we naturally feel very insecure and that was made worse because I couldn’t see. In six months, I already felt a heck of a difference. Jiu-Jitsu provided me the psychological structure to face a lot of life’s other challenges,” Giba tells GRACIEMAG.com.

He made many advances through the martial arts. Besides participating in major championships, Giba now has Jiu-Jitsu as a profession, a job opportunity.

“I’ve been teaching at an academy in Praia Grande, coastal São Paulo, since 2004. Among so many valuable lessons, Jiu-Jitsu also gave me the opportunity to work. Ten years ago I never would have imagined it,” he says.

The only lament Giba has is that fact that so few challenged people seek the martial arts.

“I’d love to do such work, but there isn’t much demand.”

Whether or not Giba is Jiu-Jitsu’s first blind black belt, the truth is that it doesn’t matter. The main lesson is that whether the hardship is big or little depends, in part, on ourselves and the actions we take to turn them around. And always remember this great friend: Jiu-Jitsu will be your ally at all times!

09 Sep

Jiu-Jitsu San Clemente will be represented at Pedro Soriano’s In-House

Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu San Clemente will be represented at Pedro Soriano’s In-House BJJ Tournament this Saturday, Sep 11th. More than 10 of our students will head up north to San Pedro to compete at Pedro’s Martial Arts competition. Most of our competitors want to get some warm-up for the Jiu-Jitsu Nationals Championship, to be held the end of the month, on September 25th.

If you show interested in competition, this In-House is a good way to get some experience. Besides our academy, Tinguinha’s, Caique’s and Soriano’s team will be present.

Pedro Soriano is one of Paulo Guillobel’s Black Belt. Soriano runs his own school since 1996 and drives once a week to San Clemente to keep his techniques sharp.

Tournament: Pedro Soriano’s In-House Tournament

Address: 235 N Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Day: Sep 11th, Saturday

Time: Weigh-In starts at 9 am

Registration: $35

For more Info: (310) 213-6205