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

08 Sep

San Clemente Student of the Month: Sep/10

 Congratulations Enzo Benzan and Avery Lalor for being the Student of the Month on our respective Jiu-Jitsu Classes in San Clemente: the Jiu-Jitsu Little Kids Empowerment Program 4-7 and the Jiu-Jitsu Kids Empowerment Program 8-13. What an achievement!!!!

Sensei Andre and Paulo Guillobel (with the approval of our coaches) have noticed  your progress and they really thing you deserve the recognition.

Enzo improved a lot his technique skills and also his listening skills. He is cooperating much more during class and helping his student’s mates. It’s impressive to see it. Avery, a very smart and sweet 9 years old girl, was chosen (from 34 other children) to represent the best example from Aug/10, for being such a good helper to all her colleagues.

Now, Enzo and Avery will stand next to Sensei during class and will be Sensei’s helper during the entire moth of September, along with their pictures on the wall and their Recognition Diploma. Besides the survey, medals and parent’s testimonials, The Student of The Month Award is another powerful way to prove how much the Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu San Clemente  improves our student’s discipline, self-confidence and respect. We hope to help your children too!

07 Sep

Jiu-Jitsu Pro Gear Open will be hosted in San Clemente

In partnership with Gilberto Faria, Paulo Guillobel is extremely excited to be hosting the first EVER big Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament in San Clemente. Gilbeto, owner and founder of Jiu-Jitsu Pro Gear, chose San Clemente for the life-long relationship with our Master Paulo – who was sponsored by Gilberto for being such a good athlete winning or going to the finals in almost every tournament.

Giberto Faria made his decision in hosting the tournament in San Clemente also considering the many qualities that our so loved city offers, such as:

– San Clemente is extremely well located. It’s half way from San Diego and LA, permitting competitors from all areas to participate;

– Our High School (where the tournament will be hosted) is right off the freeway , avoiding people to get lost;

– Our High School has A LOT of Parking spaces and the gymnasium is very close to it;

– San Clemente High School’s Gymnasium is big enough to accomodate the 400 Jiu-Jitsu competitors and espectators;

– San Clemente welcomes very well our Martial Art;

– San Clemente is a very safe, beautiful and fun city to spend some time after the tournament;

Jiu-Jitsu Pro Gear Open will be hosted in San Clemente, on Oct 24th, Sunday. Please, save the day and take advantage of the good price discount for registering earlier:


Let’s make this tournament  the best Martial Art’s event in our town. For more info 949 366-2107

P.S.: For who doesn’t know, Master Paulo left everything almost 6 years ago to pursuit his dream to combine Surf and Jiu-Jitsu in San Clemente. This tournament is one more way to give back to the community that he so much loves.

06 Sep

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Move of the Week: Sep 6th


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners have a very clear goal: to control and finish the fight as soon as possible, with no injuries. And how do you make your partner/opponent give up and tap out? The answer is: applying correctly a submission. And there are 2 big “groups” of submissions: the joint-locks and the chokeholds.

Today Professor Paulo Guillobel illustrates a choke from the mount. The move is a very basic, very simple, and very effective move. But before you practice, ALWAYS remember: SAFETY COMES FIRST. In our San Clemente Jiu-Jitsu School, we do not practice BJJ against our partner. We practice WITH our partner. And that’s why we have the Dojo Etiquette: to make sure that everyone in our school practices respect, friendship and safety.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a Martial Art that can’t be practice by itself. You NEED your partner to practice, train and improve your BJJ skills. So with that in mind, please, watch Guillobel’s instructional video and when you go back to the mat, share it with your partner. And as always, have fun!

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04 Sep

Our San Clemente Jiu-Jitsu Academy will be closed next Monday Sep 6th

Our Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in San Clemente will be closed next Monday, Sep 6th, for the Labor Day. Our so loved top black belt instructors will take a rest (certainly will be surfing) on their day. So on Tuesday, Sep 7th, our mentors will start the week fresh and full of energy to train with everyone, as standard procedure in our Martial Art school. Hope see you all students on the Mat. Next week will be short and busy. So let’s keep up.

Ah! Also next week the school year starts. And because of it, our Jiu-Jitsu San Clemente Academy came up with an incredible deal:

If any parents sign up their child or children to any of our Jiu-Jitsu Little Kids Empowerment Program 4 to 7 or the BJJ Kids Empowerment Program 8 to 13, they will get a uniform and 2 patches for FREE. A $75 value! This promo expires on Sep 30th 2010. Rush, Rush to save money.

03 Sep

Jiu-Jitsu Martial Artist Kid saved friend from a pit bull attack

As a 24/7 professor, I see daily how our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs in San Clemente empowers ALL our students, with no exception. Some of our martial artists improve tremendously their confidence, others become kind, others are on the best shape of their lives… And the list of benefits goes on and on.

But what I want to share with you today is also very powerful. This video above shows that a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner not only benefits himself or herself from training. On our mats we teach about friendship, about be respectful, kind to anyone. In other words, every one of our students knows that we are responsible for the person on our side.

The reality shown on this video proves that our Martial Art EMPOWERS ANYONE – no matter how old, or big, or strong, or what gender the person is. And even if they just have 2 months of training, after every class when they live the mat, they already became a better person.

See you on the mat,

Sensei Paulo Guillobel

01 Sep

Martial Arts and Jiu-Jitsu Kids Demonstration in San Clemente


For who couldn’t make it, our Kids Jiu-Jitsu Martial Artists did an incredible Demonstration at the San Clemente City Carnival. Our Kids, teens and adults group showed to our so loved city what Jiu-Jitsu is all about it. After the demonstration, each student received from Sensei Paulo Guillobel 4 tickets to ride the games. Our entire team played together and had a lot of fun. It was unbelievable F-U-N.

Our Academy supports financially the construction of the La Pata/Vista Hermosa Multi-Sport Park, like no other school. It’s the second year that we marked presence. Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy is a local martial arts school that is 100% community oriented.

If you are local and support local business, we have a special deal for you:

In San Clemente: 2 Weeks of FREE Jiu-Jitsu Classes 

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