Kids martial art classes in san clemente
10 May

How Kids Martial Art Classes in San Clemente Improve Life Skills

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.

Ginastica Natural and Martial Arts
02 May

Martial Arts Lessons and Ginastica Natural for Surfers

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.

martial arts and ginastica

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.





11 Apr

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Vs. Diabetes

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

Steve’s Interview

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.

Once again, nice talking to you.

Steve: Thank you, Sensei .


Why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the best Self-Defense for Women



19 Jan

Voted The Best Martial Arts School of San Clemente For The Last 3 Years

“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!



08 Sep

The Top 2 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Books in The World

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.



15 Jun

4 Ways Martial Art Lessons Improve Your Child’s Focus

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.



14 Apr

Why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the best Self-Defense for Women


Amongst all martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the most efficient form of self-defense for women. But let me tell you why.

Recently, Saddleback College TV interviewed me on the subject of martial arts for women. The hostess asked me why I started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and why I think Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the best martial arts for women.

My personal opinion is that women should be training martial arts more than men.

Most men consider women a fragile gender; therefore, some men take advantage of this by using their dominant strength to physically attack women. Surprisingly most women are still relying on their male companion to defend them. But who will defend these women from them?

According to the national statistics, 1 out of 6 women will be sexually assaulted within their lifetime. Approximately 2/3 of sexual assaults were committed by someone known to the victim. Of those, 38% is from a friend or acquaintance, 28% from an intimate, and 7% from a relative.

These are alarming numbers, and let’s also consider that sexual assault is one of the most unreported crimes with 60% of cases unreported to the police.

So, This is one of the reasons that makes me believe that every woman must know some form of self-defense. Besides sexual assault, there is also domestic violence, kidnapping, and mugging.

Now… why do I believe BJJ is the best self-defense for women?

Actually, there is not only one reason. There are many.

First, when a man attacks a woman, the male attacker rarely uses any kind of striking. Instead, the attacker uses grabbing, throwing and possibly tries to choke the victim, which we call “hands-on” attack.

Coincidently, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the only martial art that addresses 100% of these kinds of attacks. No other martial art in the world, besides BJJ will provide women the tools to defend themselves when thrown on the ground, grabbed or being choked.

Secondly, other martial arts like Krav Maga, claim to teach women “effective real street fighting techniques” to defend themselves in those situations. They teach women how to hit the attacker on the nose, or strike the attackers genitalia, etc. It looks cool but the problem is these martial arts styles cannot prove that these kinds of defenses will work in a real self-defense situation. Imagine during every Krav Maga training session you would actually break your partner’s nose or strike their genitalia to see if the technique works. Soon you would hurt all of your teammates and deprive them of ever having kids again.

I’ve been in real street fights before, and I can assure you that the chances that a woman will stop an attacker by using any of these techniques including strikes are close to none. Quite the contrary, by using these techniques they will only aggravate the situation making the attacker angrier and more aggressive.

If you have ever been in a real fight you should know that the adrenaline masquerades most of the physical pain someone can cause with these techniques, allowing the attacker to go on with his fight.

I’m very concerned about these kinds of false claims. The life or even the virtue of every woman is in danger if they rely on a weak method of self-defense against attacks like sexual assault, domestic violence or even kidnapping.

At Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Women’s Self-Defense program in San Clemente, our students do real sparring training where their partners are trying to grab, choke, throw and use many other ways of attacking. We even have gun and knife defenses.

At Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu San Clemente, our students learn how to choke a man unconscious, how to break their opponents’ arms, hands, knees, ankles, and shoulders. And we do all that without hurting any of our training partners.

How is that possible?

In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu we have techniques called “submission holds”. When a student gets another student in a submission hold like a choke or an arm-bar, the victim is instructed to tap out three times to let their partner know that they are giving up; therefore, keeping the class a safe environment.

So now, I have a question for you. What do you think is more effective for women, striking their attacker with a small window of hitting the right spot to stop the attacker in his tracks, or choking the attacker unconscious… or break his arm… or wrist or knee?

I think common sense can answer this question for you.


Above all, if you are a woman, you should give yourself a chance to at least counter-attack. Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is now offering a 30-day free trial in case you want to try us out and let us prove to you how efficient our method of self-defense is.


Jiu Jitsu for Self Defense

03 Mar

Guillobel BJJ Academy Wins Best Martial Arts Dojo of San Clemente Again

This is the second year in a row that Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Dojo wins the title of the best martial arts studio in San Clemente.

This was the 10th Annual Best of San Clemente People’s Choice Ole Awards ran by SC Times (Number one local newspaper in town). Also the third year since they added the Best Martial Arts Studio category.

Also running  for Best Martial Arts Studio in San Clemente were other Dojos like USSD, Gracie Barra and Sun Rise Taekwondo, just to mention a few.

During an interview for San Clemente Times, the reporter asked me why

I thought my Dojo was awarded the best martial arts school in town for two years in a row. I responded by saying that I believed it was the love and care we give to our students. There is not one day that I get out of bed not thinking about how I can help my students get the most out of my program.

At Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Dojo, we consider our students and their families part of our family. I want them to succeed as much as I want my own children to succeed. I want them to feel confident about themselves and be able to grow as a person.

But one thing I didn’t mention in the interview was all the hard work my staff and I put into making our school the best in the area.

So, if you are not familiar with our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program and want to

give us a try, you are always welcome. And you can also take advantage of our 30-day free trial (go to the home page for more information)



07 Jan

Sensei Paulo Guillobel At ESPN 1700 Live Radio Show

A few months ago, ESPN 1700 Live Radio Show, Real Talk San Diego, invited me to talk about martial arts and business.

It was a great experience for me. Because I’m Brazilian, English is my second language. I

had to go on a live radio show, where people would be paying attention to what and how I was going to say things.

I accepted the “challenge”. It was a wonderful chance to spread the word. To tell people how Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu could help them, and that it’s something for everyone.

On the live show, hosts Henry Evans and Chris Martinez, asked me a question about how I started. They also ask me how I run my martial arts business in San Clemente, and about my daily routine.

I told them the real reason I

started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and why I’ve chosen BJJ instead of other martial art styles.

You can watch part of this interview at this video below.




29 Oct

Guillobel San Clemente Martial Arts latest News

Last Wednesday, I was on Budo Videos’ live interview video podcast called, “This Week In BJJ.” This Week in BJJ is the world’s first live weekly video podcast, where Budo Jake (The Host) interviews the greatest names in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Here is a list of some of the BJJ fighters interviewed on this show: Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, Andre Galvao, Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida, and many more.

It was nice to be in a show that hosted fighters of this caliber. You can watch my episode here.

Video Part 2

Our Martial Arts School results at Jiu-Jitsu World League San Diego

October 17, our Kids Competition Team went to San Diego, California, to compete at the Jiu-Jitsu World League. They did really well, bringing back to San Clemente three gold medals, one silver and two bronze, out of 10 competitors. Tanner, Carter and Samuel took first place, Shane took second, and Alec and Colby took third. Aiden, Liam, Brian and Rock didn’t make it into the semifinals, but we are proud of them anyways.

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san clemente kids bjj competition

Guillobel BJJ Academy San Clemente Celebrating Halloween

On October 28 & 29, to celebrate Halloween, we turned all of our Kids Martial Arts classes into Halloween costume classes. Our students came to their classes wearing their Halloween costumes. It’s been a lot of fun. See the pictures below.

san clemente martial arts halloween

Kids Martial arts halloween