30 Oct

The # 1 Brazilian Jiujitsu Open Mat in Orange County

Open Mat

At Guillobel Brazilian Jujitsu Academy (BJJ) in San Clemente, Orange County, every Sunday morning at 11am, it is time for, what we call, the Open Mat Training.
Guillobel BJJ martial arts school is the only one in Orange County that opens its doors, once a week, for people from all martial arts schools to come train in a spirit of friendship and harmony.
Our Open Mat is for everyone, and it is FREE! You don’t have to be a Guillobel BJJ student to come train our Open Mat. You don’t even need to be a Brazilian Jujitsu student at all.
People come from all over the U.S. to train with us on Sundays. On the Open Mat, you will see black belts, brown belts, all the way to white belts training together. If you’ve never had a chance to train with a BJJ black belt, or a brown belt, then Guillobel BJJ Open Mat will give you this chance.
The first thing you will experiment when you walk in the studio is a feeling of camaraderie, where everyone is treated as equal. You’ll also find students from many different Martial Arts Schools such as: Gracie Barra, Jean Jacques Machado, Tinguinha BJJ, OCBJJ, Optimus Jiu-Jitsu, Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu, Atos, and many more.
“I love the fact that my students and the students of other Academies have a chance to interact in a spirit of friendship… after all, above all… we are sharing our love for our martial art (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu).” Said our Sensei, Paulo Guillobel, about the Open Mat training.
So if you haven’t stopped by to train our Open Mat yet, just come over on any Sunday at 11am, and bring your Gi (Kimono). The only Sunday that we will be closed is November 2nd, because our team will be participating at the World Masters Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

23 Jul

Martial Arts at San Clemente Ocean Festival

“The Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Martial Arts School demonstration at San Clemente’s Ocean Festival this past weekend was the best ever!” That was what all of our students’ parents were saying after the two days of the event.

The Ocean Festival is the biggest and most prestigious community event in San Clemente, and it happens at the beach every summer on one weekend of July around the San Clemente Pier.

At this event, thousands of San Clemente residents and people from all over California come to watch and participate on a variety of competitions such as: surf, paddle board, biathlon, etc. Also there is a section exclusive for children full of games and entertainment.

The Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Academy is the ONLY martial arts school that is invited every year to perform at the Children’s Pavilion stage on both days of the event.

This year, 2014, our Sensei Paulo Guillobel and his Demonstration Team (Demo Team) decided to come with a completely new routine, and it was a great success. The kids were amazing (watch the video), and the parents very supportive. The crowd gathered to watch all the BJJ action going on on stage and stuck around through the whole demonstration.

“I feel blessed to have a chance to introduce the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to adults and kids that have never seen it before! Maybe now they will have a better understanding of it.” Said our Sensei Paulo about the Ocean festival demonstration.

A good array of BJJ self-defense moves were displayed, and some of our young students performed very advanced moves like the

“Flying Arm-Bar” and “Tomoe Nage”.

Once again the Guillobel BJJ San Clemente Team would like to thank all of our students’ parents, the city of San Clemente and the Ocean Festival coordinators and staff. Osss!

26 May

BJJ Grand Master Seminar at Guillobel BJJ San Clemente

May 8, the Guillobel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy headquarters in San Clemente, Orange County had the honor to host Grand Master Jorge Pereira’s Brazilian Jiu jitsu Seminar.

Grand Master (Koral Belt) Jorge Pereira is a black belt from the legendary Grand Master Rickson Gracie, son of Grand Grand Master Helio Gracie. Jorge is also my original instructor (the one who honored me with the black belt in 1996).

With over 30 years of experience in BJJ, Grand Master Jorge shared with the Guillobel Team amazing techniques for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition and self-defense. The video above shows this very unique way of choking your opponent starting from standing position and finishing on the ground.

For the students that missed the seminar, this video is a way of giving you guys a sample of what happened there. It’s impossible for me to transcribe all the information, stories and knowledge that were shared at the seminar.

Grand Master Jorge Pereira shared the Brazilian philosophy and values of BJJ as was originally developed by Grand Grand Master Helio Gracie to be the best form of self-defense. Philosophy and values that have been almost completely lost by the youner generation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors that see BJJ only as a sport, ignoring the essence of BJJ, which is self-defense.

I am glad to say that through Grand Master Jorge I had a chance to belong to probably the last generation of BJJ fighters that had truly experienced the “old school” Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, also called, Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

My goal as a Sensei, is also to pass along all sides of this beautiful and unique art of self-defense, a merging of the essence of BJJ with the new techniques that are being created on competition mats all over the world.

BJJ today is both, an extremely powerful martial art, proven to be the best of all, and an exciting sport.

07 May

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Principles of Guard Passing

The BJJ Principles of Guard passing

This blog is about the sequence of videos I’ve shot at my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Martial Arts School in San Clemente, Orange County, about BJJ Principles.

In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, there are many principles that are the pillars of all techniques, either basic or advanced.

I just wrote a book about these principles, which is called “The 20 Immutable Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu”. The video that I’m sharing with you is based on one chapter of my book that talks about the 7 Ps of Guard Passing. The video shows only a part of the whole chapter, but this part alone can be extremely helpful to any BJJ student.

Above all techniques, there are some very important principles that we must learn. It’s taken me many years to fully understand and learn how to apply these principles in my jujitsu game, but the earlier a BJJ practitioner learns them the better.

At Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Martial Arts School, adults and kids have the chance to learn principles like these on daily basis, reinforcing the foundation of their martial arts skill.

In this video, we talk specific about guard passing and the two first Ps of Passing: Position and Posture; which I consider two very important principles to master BJJ Guard Passing that can be used for BJJ competition or traditional self-defense.

Many people go through many years of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training without ever hearing about these principles, but you won’t be one of them.

Our intention is to share the efficiency of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a great style (If not the greatest) of self-defense and also as a way of discovering more about our inner self and our body.

The use of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Techniques can only be made in combination with the use of natural laws and Physics, but its scope goes way beyond our physical body, including mental and spiritual aspects of our nature.





22 Apr

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Open Mat in San Clemente, Orange County

On Sundays at 11:00 am Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in San Clemente has its open mat.  What makes this special is that this open mat is available for ANYONE who trains BJJ and not limited to Guillobel students.  We’ve been doing this open mat for about 6 months and it has had a positive effect on whoever has been attending.  Having people come from other gyms exposes everyone to different styles, especially on the practitioner who isn’t used to training Gi (although, you can practice without one, too). It’s the next best thing to going to a tournament.  When you train at one gym you usually train with the same people who understand your jiu-jitsu all too well. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but training with new partners (especially from other gyms) presents new challenges and an opportunity to discover a fresh game and vice versa.  The vibe in the gym is relaxed and mellow.  The day usually starts with light warm ups and morning conversation.  Some people train hard, some people train easy.  Personally, this blogger digs Sunday and uses it as a technique day.  It’s a great way to make sure your game is on point or if you miss a training day that week.  The people who have been stopping by on open-mat Sundays who don’t’ normally train at Guillobel have been awesome.  We’re really grateful for bringing something different to our gym every week. It never gets boring.   If there’s anything that we try to foster it’s a sense of community.   Practicing JiuJitsu attracts many individuals who choose jiu-jitsu to express themselves and everyone expresses themselves different.  Again, this open mat is every Sunday at 11:00am and is available to anyone.  We really encourage anyone and everyone who already trains jiu-jitsu to come down, hang out and train with us.  You don’t need to be a student at Guillobel.  You just need to come in and sign a waiver.  Did we mention that it’s free? It’s free.

13 Mar

Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Bully Proof Seminar in San Clemente, OC

On February 8th 2012, Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu hosted an anti-bullying seminar in San Clemente, Orange County.  The seminar focused, as the title suggest, how to deal with bullies.  In our high tech society today, bullying has become more prevalent with advent of social media.  Young people don’t have safe haven anymore.  It used to be that if you were bullied at least you could go home and have a place that was your own domain, safe from any perpetual bullying.  This isn’t the case anymore.  Now children are being bullied online.  When they turn on the computer the first thing they see is a negative message that completely shatters their self-image.  They don’t have any real ways of defending themselves because they’re not meeting face-to-face.  Remember the days when you did something embarrassing but at least you could live it down later on in life? Not any more thanks to sites like youtube.com where everything we videotape has the potential to be seen round the world. As a result, young people begin to feel helpless and they let that attitude permeate in other areas of their lives.

            With all of this in mind, Sensei Paulo not only showed classic tried and true tested basic self-defense techniques but he also spoke about what it means to have a strong mentality and how to use self-confidence.  How you speak, how you carry yourself in relation to the world around you is the first step towards defending yourself against a bully.  Before the students even think about BJJ in a bully situation, Sensei Paulo explains that every bully situation can be diffused just by approaching someone in a calm manner.  Regardless of age, when someone tries to pick on us, replying and asking for an apology in a calm and mature manner is the last thing they expect.  Meeting someone half-way in an attempt to avoid confrontation is the ultimate goal of bully prevention.   You never know what can happen when you encounter a bully.  You can always talk before resorting to any type of violence.  In fact, resorting to BJJ when you can talk out a situation instead is the anti-thesis of Jiu-Jitsu; a waste of energy.

            Sensei Paulo, stressed form, discipline but also compassion, “Jiu-Jitsu is the only martial-art where I do not have to hurt the other person to defend myself…we can both go home.” This is where confidence comes in for young child.  Knowing they can defend themselves while realizing they have a responsibility towards others when training Jiu-Jitsu, even when they’re defending themselves.  When a person knows what they’re capable of and what they’re limits are in life, their character can flourish.  So to sum it up, the anti-bullying class was more about how we treat others and how we can be examples of responsibility towards are peers.  Anti-bullying isn’t about fighting it’s about dealing with problems in our life. As we grow older bullies take on different forms. Sometimes life can be a bully learning how to deal with it is just another aspect of survival. Stay tuned for more dates on more anti-bullying seminars.  See you on the mat.

09 Jan

Guillobel Jiu-Jitsu Hosts 2nd Annual Holiday In-House Tournament

On Saturday December 7th, Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy held it’s second annual holiday in-house tournament.  The gym hosted other schools in a local, low-cost double elimination tournament.  Pedro Soriano’s school came along with people from Oceanside jujitsu.    It was really exciting to have many members from our community come out and support family who participated and perhaps to even check out BJJ for the first time.  

            The tournament started with the kids first.   These types of tournaments are a perfect atmosphere for young children who are beginning their jiu-jitsu journey.  It also gives the parents and opportunity to see how their child has improved in the martial art both physically and emotionally.   Win or lose, it was difficult to find a child or parent who wasn’t having a great time watching their friends and family battle it out.  Hopefully these types of tournaments will motivate the children to do their best when training and for parents to support them in the process.  Around 12pm we hosted the adults.

            The majority of the participants from Guillobel were adult white belts (In-house tournaments are especially advantageous for beginners who are thinking about competing).   It was exciting to see the progression of the adult beginners.  Again, win or lose everyone walked away a winner.  There wasn’t something to be learned.

            Sensei Paulo will sometimes say, “There is only winning and learning.”  That’s what the in-house tournaments are about for Guillobel.  It’s really all about seeing where someone is at with their jiu-jitsu before they take it to bigger tournaments.   From first hand experience, and I’m sure others will agree, doing a tournament boosts your learning curve in jiu-jitsu.  You can never lose as long as you’re taking something away from the fight.  The same could be said about anything in life.  The next day on December 8th the academy also held its belt and stripe ceremony.   Not only did the in-house tournament give people a confidence boost but it also let’s their instructors know where they’re at in their jiu-jitsu game.

The gym welcomed 4 new brown, 1 purple and 5 blue belts.  It was a great weekend for everyone at Guillobel and an even better way to end the year.  This now begins a new chapter, not just for those who’ve received new belts, for everyone going fresh into the New Year with a clear focus and new goals.  2013 was great year for Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy.  Here’s to an even better 2014!

19 Dec

Guillobel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BBQ

On October 26th, The Guillobel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu family held a get together at Liberty Park in San Clemente.  The people attending were members of Guillobel BJJ, friends and family.  Everyone brought a dish and had a great time.    Brazilian BBQ tri-tip was the centerpiece of the meal, of course, along with chicken, pasta salad, homemade salsa dips, and a bunch of other great entrées.  Just about everyone from the gym who could make it was there.  We hung out, ate, and watched Sensei Paulo take on his little ninjas in a soccer match.   The BBQ was a success and everyone had a great time.  As mentioned in an earlier blog about what makes a gym great, having outings such as the BBQ held last week brings the community closer to each other outside of the gym setting and can bring a deeper sense of pride among members.

            It is often said that breaking bread with people is an important function in the process of building relationships with people.  This is one of the reasons why many families prefer to have dinner at the table together.  A family takes a break from their lives to explore and inquire about their loved ones.  That is exactly what this BBQ was bout for the family at Guillobel.         

            There is such an enthusiastic atmosphere at Guillobel.  You come in, put your gi on and get to work.  Not taking so much as 5 minutes to say hello to everyone. Now when you train you get sometime with individuals but you do not get to know them like you would on a personal level, let’s say, if you ate a meal with them.   When members meet outside of the gym they establish better relationships.  Just like a family having dinner at the table, the members of Guillobel took time out of the day to see how everyone is doing.  The more time you spend with someone, the deeper the relationship has become.   This idea is prevalent in Jiu-Jitsu as well.  When you are well acquainted with the people in your gym you make new friends and relationships that extend into your performance on the mats.  Think about it: the more comfortable you are with the people at the gym, and the atmosphere, chances are the better practitioner you will be.  Not only that, but having a sense of commensality among members galvanizes new members who may have been apprehensive about “going hard” in the gym or perhaps they simply had no pride because they felt no sense of belonging.  This will not happen at Guillobel.   Everyone is family at this gym. We all help each other out.  It is in the Guillobel’s best interest that everyone is welcomed, encouraged, and treated like family.  It is not just important to your Jiu-Jitsu but also to your character and of those around you.   Simply put: having an appreciation for the gym and it’s members outside of training creates lasting bonds that permeates the community and creates. Of coarse none of this is possible without the most important ingredient: BRAZILIAN BBQ.  See you on the mats. OSSS

17 Oct

How Brazilian JiuJitsu Can Improve Your Lifestyle

 When you become a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner you begin to embrace new lifestyle changes.  Jiu-Jitsu is much more than an intricate, effective martial art; it’s a way of life.   When you first begin training you really don’t know what to expect.  At the least, you expect to learn how to defend yourself but if you take your training seriously you will soon learn that becoming a defensive player also means having incredibly quick reflexes, agility and overall a GREAT sense of well-being.  Lets say you walk into a Jiu-Jitsu gym and quickly learn past the basics into full contact training.  At first, you may find initially you have no stamina.  You begin to ask yourself,  “What can I do to increase my longevity in a fight?”  This will especially come to the player who enters tournaments on the regular in which case a person can fight upwards of 5 people.  Having a clean, quick, beautiful and EFFECTIVE art is the goal. But how can you accomplish this? You cannot roll 24 hours a day.  You will not progress by just physical training alone.  You must begin to break old habits. New lifestyle changes. 

People can have a hard time when they hear the phrase, “lifestyle changes.”  They begin to think about the implausibility of diet and fitness fads.  They think about the discouragement they’ve endured or they plain just don’t care because they appear to be, “In shape, “ or “In good health.”  But these are lies.  People can improve their overall health and well being without resorting to diets and fads, and I believe training Jiu-Jitsu makes human beings more susceptible to eating better, getting good nights sleep and enjoying life the way it should be.  Liberated.  This is what I mean by well-being

It’s a fact that exercise can help with depression, stress, etc.  Jiu-Jitsu is that and more.  It is also a creative art at that, think of how a chess player thinks, when you’re rolling your mind is getting the same stimulation but now you are being physical as well.  Despite what many believe about Jiu-Jitsu, it is actually a peaceful art.  People who train don’t want to get into fights with other individuals.  That’s a waste of time and energy, time and energy that could be spent productively on the mat to improve game not ego.  Or maybe it’s time and energy that could be spent living an improved lifestyle 

            The thing that makes Guillobel so special is the fact that it is located in the beautiful surfing village known as San Clemente.  Almost everyone at Guillobel has some affiliation with an ocean-minded lifestyle.   People surf, dive, fish, SUP.  You name it, we do it. And because we train Jiu-Jitsu and maintain an ocean-minded lifestyle, how we fuel our bodies is just as important.   I can speak from personal experience that anytime I’ve tried to get in-shape and eat right I always found myself unfocused and not really working for it. As a result my body was not being used to its full potential.  Of coarse I never realized this until I began training.

            I talked earlier about how you become in-tune with your body once you start training.  Once I began to eat better it wasn’t long until I began to crave nutrient dense foods (veggies, fruit, lean meats, plenty of water, ABSOLUTELY NO SUGERY DRINKS).  I can’t begin to tell you how easy it is for me to put down food that in the past I would have hated to even think about eating.  But because I am putting myself through so much intense fitness and my body knows that I can’t function without food rich in nutrition, I crave it and enjoy it more than ever.

Broccoli, carrots, peas, spinach, apples, oranges are all things I snack on the regular now and I know its because in the back of my mind I am telling myself,  “This is fuel and energy for that last bit.  When I am working a submission that requires a careful conservation of energy.  Getting my body ready to attack my opponent like a boa constrictor.” 

You’re going to find yourself with a perfect triangle one day. You won’t even realize how you got it but you did.  All of those hours on the mat and now it’s paying off.  You’ve got the lock and all it takes is the perfect angle and a little pressure right? Too bad the person your trying to submit is fighting for you not to get the choke. You both go at it.  You’re dominating and trying to finish the choke but its no use.  You’ve used too much energy.  It can be argued this person has bad technique, but that’s another blog.  Finding creative ways to conserve your energy and fuel your body should always be one of your priorities on and off the mats.

            The point I’m trying to make is that lifestyle decisions tend to influence and dictate our ways of living.  In the case of Jiu-Jitsu and eating right, they go hand-in-hand.  You cannot have one without the other.  For the practitioner who loves to train, this will be no challenge.  It will become embedded into you well.  Eventually eating right will take care of itself.  With the right motivation, discipline takes care of itself.

04 Sep

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, The Last Line of Defense

Mixed Martial Arts has become one of the most popular sports in the world today. It has replaced boxing as preferred viewership among spectators.   MMA gives the world a glimpse of all sorts of fighting styles and different ways you can protect yourself from your opponent.  The fights are usually about 3 minutes a round and anywhere from 3-5 rounds depending on the fight.  Opponents go at it in whichever fighting style they choose.  There is a referee, judges and a point system.   People watch intently to see who will win by knockout, submission, or by number of points based on criteria (punches landed, etc.).  The problem with MMA is that it doesn’t necessarily reflect what happens on the street.  I’m not trying to trivialize anyone who fights MMA, they’re all exceptionally talented fighters.  What about the average person who isn’t a professionally trained fighter who wants to learn self-defense against an attacker on the street?  MMA is a sport.  Anything can happen on the streets.

There is no referee on the streets. No judges. No point system. In a situation like these survival is all that matters and that is the focus of the self-defense classes at Guillobel in San Clemente on Saturday mornings.

What separates this class from others at Guillobel is that it is grassroots Jiu-Jitsu Class 101.  As Sensei Paulo states, “My Jiu-Jitsu comes from a focus of pure self-defense.”  Students not only learn tried and true Jiu-Jitsu survival techniques they also learn theory behind what they learn.  There isn’t any rolling. No heavy drilling. A simple stretch to warm up the body and then straight into an hour of grassroots street survival skills. No ego. No competition. Just a simple neutralization. When you begin the class you will immediately realize there is a reason and purpose behind every move you make giving you an enlightening training experience. He continues, “I’m from Brazil and I’ve been in all sorts of altercations on the street that were life-threatening.”  It’s Murphy’s Law on the street and anything that can happen on the streets, will happen.

The basis of training Jiu-Jitsu at Guillobel is survival.  If you are put into a situation or physical altercation, which cannot be dealt with peaceably, you simply walk away, if not you run, and when all else fails, you defend yourself or someone who cannot do so for themselves.  Jiu-Jitsu was developed to empower the weak and give them a fighting chance against stronger opponents.  Yes, it is also a fun and entertaining sport to watch within the realm of MMA but you cannot compare what happens in a controlled environment to what happens on the street.  Don’t get me wrong.  Competition is a positive character building experience and all who practice any martial art and have an opportunity to compete should do so.  But let’s not forget no matter what happens on the mats is trivial compared to what can happen on the streets.

Be alert. Stay focused. Stay sharp.  Train like your life depends on it.