04 Jun

Proud Moment at Our Martial Arts School in San Clemente

Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Martial Arts Academy on Saturday, May 18th, hosted a very special event – which we call – our Belts & Stripes Ceremony Day. The Belts & Stripes Ceremony Day is one of those special days, when Guillobel BJJ students are awarded with their new belts and stripes, and also Certificates of achievements to our students that have been having outstanding performance and attitude.

Our instructors where really proud to see this amazing team of determined children and adults (men & women) gathering in one dojo to celebrate together each other’s achievements. From our Little Ninja group to our Masters and Seniors of our fundamental and advanced programs.

In martial arts, the moment students get recognized for their achievement is a very important moment in their lives. It’s like winning a very special award that symbolizes all the incredible effort they put into their martial arts training, their improvement and persistence. It’s also a wonderful self-esteem booster, because it makes them feel really good and proud of themselves.

At Guillobel Brazilian JuJitsu Academy we don’t award our students easily. They really have to show they have what it takes to move up in belts or even stripes (They need to earn 4 stripes to earn their belt). “That was the way I was awarded my belts and stripes in Brazil and that is how my students will be awarded too”, said Sensei Paulo Guillobel, the founder and owner of Guillobel BJJ Academy.

On the paragraph above lays one of the reasons our school has such a high standard, and why people get so impressed with the level of our students when they come visit our martial arts school.

Here is the list of our students that got promoted to their new belts:

  • ·         To White/yellow – Caden, Nathan, Xyler
  • ·         To White/orange – Loyal
  • ·         To Gray/white – Noah, Micah, Aiden, Gabriel, Lexi, Morgan, Luanna, Collin, Samuel, Isaac and Steve
  • ·         To Gray – Nolan, Braden, Nathan, Logan, Luke, Deven and Jasmine
  • ·         To Gray/Black – Emma, Avery, Jadon, Nico, Miles
  • ·         To Orange/Black – Sofia
  • ·         To Blue – Carlos

A good group of students also got invited to our prestigious advanced programs such as BJJ Combative, BJJ Combative Competition, Black Belt Club and Elite. Congratulations to all!

02 Apr

Guillobel Brazilian JiuJitsu San Clemente Teaching to Count in Portuguese

At Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu School every student must learn how to count at least until 10 in Portuguese (Native language spoken in Brazil).

The reason is to keep the tradition alive. That was how our Sensei Paulo Guillobel learnt and all the other original Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black belts too, but the majority of schools out there don’t do it.

Learning how to count until 10 in Portuguese is just one of many traditional things Guillobel Brazilian Jujitsu San Clemente students learn in our program. The respect and friendship that comes with the practice of martial arts such as BJJ are also some of the other benefits our student get.

So bellow we wrote the one to ten words and their translation in Portuguese, but we extremely recommend you to click on the link bellow so you can listen how it sounds and learn exclusively from our Sensei.

  1. one – um
  2. Two – dois
  3. Three – tres
  4. Four – quatro
  5. Five – cinco
  6. Six – seis
  7. Seven – Sete
  8. Eight – oito
  9. Nine – nove
  10. Ten – dez

Click on the link bellow to watch the video
Guillobel Brazilian Jiujitsu San Clemente Teaching to Count in Portuguese


14 Feb

How San Clemente Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Can Help Your Child Prevent Bullying


The superiority of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu amongst the Martial Arts and in the UFC octagon is clear; BJJ is arguably the absolute best Martial Art for kids and teens to learn to protect themselves against a bully.

As much as adults want to protect their children against bullying, it is an unfortunate reality and it is rife throughout the United States. A recent study showed that California was the worst state to live in for bullying, followed by New York and Illinios. Officially statistics from the American Justice Department state that 1 out of 4 children are bullied each month. Of all kids and teens surveyed, 77% say they have been the victim of bullying! So unless your child is already the bully, the reality is that someone will try to bully them sooner or later. All you can do is try to give them all the tools for self-defense that you possibly can. That’s why you need to choose BJJ.

The main reason Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is so effective for kids and teens, is that it does not rely on size and streghth and is actually ideal for use against larger and tougher attackers. The majority of fights end up on the ground. The grappling and ground fighting skills learned in BJJ will provide your child with the tools to protect themselves or others in the most critical moments they may face.

However, there is another major reason why wise adults are choosing Marital Arts Academies like Guillobel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the one run by Paulo Guillobel in San Clemente, California. Today, in America, there is a very fine line between defending yourself and being guilty of assaulting someone, even if it is out of self-defense. Martial Arts that focus on strikes like kicking and punching can seriously injury a bully or in some cases even kill a bully. Great BJJ instructors know how to train your kids to use their new skills in the right way and at the right time because the nature of the techniques they will learn, enable them to control a bully until the bully gives up or help arrives.

For those Parents who are concerned about teaching their kids and teens to fight, it is important to remember over 100,000 kids carry guns to school in the U.S. and that situations like Columbine arise when children are bullied and have no other way to protect themselves. Give them the self-defense technequies they need.

Of course beyond using BJJ to defend themselves at school, it also offers them valuable priciples and self disipline, its a great way to keep them healthy and fit, and BJJ can enable them to protect siblings (both younger and older) and fight off predators. Beside, BJJ offers an incredible opportunity to enjoy excellent quality time together.

28 Dec

Guillobel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu San Clemente Belt Ceremony

Our San Clemente Kids Jiu Jitsu Team

The Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-jitsu San Clemente end-of-the-year Belt Ceremony was a great success. We had the biggest turnout of our Academy’s history, with almost 100 students showing up to get awarded with their belts and stripes.

It’s becoming part of Guillobel BJJ San Clemente School’s tradition to hold an event where our staff, students and their families get together to celebrate each other’s achievements. As a martial artist, we know how much of a hard work our teammates have put on the dojo to get to the level they are at now, and how important is, for them, the day that they are moving up in their jiu jitsu journey and getting one step closer from their black belts.

It is great to watch closely all the progress made by our students that have been following our Academy for many years. Once beginners, today they have become brown belts, purple belts and blue belts. Also all the championships we won together as a team, like the American Nationals, Pan American and Worlds.

Let’s not forget our Kids Empowerment Program that today has more than 80 children learning self-defense and life skills that will help them grow with confidence and high self-esteem (extremely important traits for their future success).

Now, let’s go over the students that got promoted to the next belt during our latest Belt Ceremony, and congratulations to the ones that got one more stripe on their belts!

Our Little Ninjas Loyal and Bella Kenworthy moved to white with yellow stripe and gray with white stripe belts respectively. Bella also got invited to our Black Belt Club Team, congratulations Bella!!!

Our “Silent Ninja” Christian Whelan from our Black Belt Club got his gray with black stripe belt. Also from our Black Belt Club, Brody Byerly got his solid yellow belt, and Izabella Pacheco and Noah Brown got their yellow with black stripe. Our “little samurai” Nathan Duffy and Logan Peacock got their gray belt with white stripe.

And for the adults, Stephen Fenton, Mike Copolla, Chris Pehkoff and Devin Mathis got their blue belts; Greg Tyson, Chris Whelan, Josh Hayes got their purple belts; and at last but not least Tom Jessop, Jason Hughes and Andre “Pretzel” Pontes got their brown belt.

 Congratulations to you guys and thank you for being part of our BJJ Family!


San Clemente BJJ Adult Team


18 Sep

Guillobel Bjj Academy San Clemente at Brazilian Jiu jitsu Nationals 2012

About two weeks ago – September 8th and 9th, 2012, the guillobel brazilian jiu-jitsu team went to the most important North American bjj tournament, to be one of the teams to represent the Ribeiro Jiu-jitsu Association in this event.

In  The American Nationals, the best teams, associations and academies in the nation gather to compete for the prestigious title of north American champion. This year this single event became two: American Nationals with Gi and No-Gi. Two tournaments that belong to the International Brazilian Jiu jiutsu Federation (IBJJF), with distinct scores and prizes for each, held in different days (Saturday 09/08/12 and Sunday 09/09/12).

Guillobel Brazilian jiu-jitsu took 6 competitors, a fraction of the Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Association Team, but was responsible for 40% to 50% of the points earn by the association on both days. The Ribeiro Jiu-jitsu Association, that belongs to two multiple times world champion brothers Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, took first place on team points becoming for the second time the best team in the nation.

The Guillobel BJJ founder Sensei Paulo Guillobel was at the tournament along with Sensei Antonio Antonioli and all the other instructors of Ribeiro Association to represent the team and raise the 1st place trophy of both events, beating Gracie Barra team, Alliance, Check Mate and others.

“I’m very honor to raise this trophy for our team in the name of my Senseis and friends Saulo Ribeiro and Xande Ribeiro. I was certained that our team would do well, but winning both days was an amazing experience.” Said Sensei Paulo while being interviewed after getting the title for the team.

Jason Hughes, Andre Pontes, Aron Goldsman, Chris Whalen, Greg Tyson and Micheal Coppola were the names of the competitors that represented San Clemente and Guillobel BJJ. Jason Hughes, a purple belt at 38 years old, was the biggest name of our team. He brought to San Clemente 4 gold medals, winning all the fights by submission. Andre Pontes, also a purple belt, brought 2 gold. Chris Whalen, a 39 years old blue belt won one gold and one silver. Greg Tyson at 43 years old won one gold, Aron won one gold and one bronze and Mike Coppola at his first major tournament got bronze. With this performance our team was responsible to score 86 points alone for Ribeiro Jiu jitsu team.



11 Sep

Guillobel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Yoga New Schedule and Classes

Yoga Classes at Guillobel BJJ in San Clemente

Yoga Classes at Guillobel BJJ in San Clemente

This Monday – September 10, Guillobel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu San Clemente school is  starting its new schedule, with   NEW programs and activities.

We are opening officially our YOGA Program for beginners with two classes in the morning and two classes in the evening. Our morning Yoga classes are with Eliane Carotta and our evening classes are with Penny Thomas.

Why Yoga?

Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Academy believes that Yoga is a perfect complement for any martial art training, but also to anyone that wants to give the BEST treatment for their body. Yoga will mostly work on our mind (where we always need to work on), our breathing, balance, flexibility and core strength. It calms us down preparing us to face the stressful day-to-day things with lees stress. We are offering a WEEK FREE for any new student. For more information call us on 949-366-2107.

Guillobel BJJ Academy is also opening classes for intermediate level of Brazilian ju jitsu, which is part of our BJJ Combative Program. We are opening this level in our program to best accommodate our students that achieved a technical level beyond fundamental, but are not in the advanced level yet. These classes have a customize curriculum that makes easier the transition from white belt to blue belt, and so forth.

So if you are one of our students from the fundamental program, your next step will be the BJJ Combative program, then the BJJ Combative Competition, and Ultimately The BJJ Elite Program. For each level up will be given more of the appropriated knowledge and the desired benefits.

Our Elite Team and BJJ Combative Team are within the BEST BJJ teams in the world in competition level. Among the students of these programs there are many world champions, Pan American champions and American champions, that will be sharing the mat with every new member of the group.



08 Aug

Martial Arts Promotes Successful Life Skill

If you think Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is only focus on self-defense and physical fitness, you are partially right. The part that you are missing is that Martial arts also teaches the students valuable lessons and develop habits that become important traits into the child’s future, as a role model, successful leader and business person.


A research with the top and most successful business people in America shows that some of the most important traits to be a peak performer and successful business owner are focus, persistence, self-discipline, courage to take risks, self-confidence and high self-esteem.


There isn’t a sport activity that teaches and reinforces all of those traits altogether, neither they are taught in school. They are taught separately in most of the activities, but in martial arts they are not. Martial Arts focus on them all.


When a child is training martial arts like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, they are not only becoming a “vicious fighter,” but, much more than that, they are getting physically stronger and flexible, more confident with more self-esteem, focused, more self-disciplined, respectful, and courageous!


Most parents overlook this whole part expecting only from their kids to become a brazilian jiu-jitsu champion and do the techniques perfectly. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not a sport, it is an art that promotes character development and prepares the child for the future. It happens to have tournaments that also help the child to overcome difficult situations.


The only way a person can understand the feeling of confidence brazilian jujitsu gives to its students is by experimenting it. All the BJJ students from Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu San Clemente know this feeling, some more some less. The feeling that you can pretty much defend yourself against anybody whenever you need is indescribable!  That gives to anyone that trains BJJ more self-confidence and self-esteem. A child needs this kind of confidence, actually, everybody needs this kind of confidence.

05 Jul

Training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu You’ll have So Much Fun You Won’t Even Realize That You’re Losing Weight!

Our Student Ricardo Silva Lost 60 Lbs.


One of the pieces of feedback I hear the most at Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Orange County is how my students have lost “tons” of weight just by practicing martial arts.

For a person who has trained in martial arts for a long time, the fact that you lose weight is not surprising. But what seems so natural for a long time BJJ student is often a big surprise for a beginner.

If you don’t have prior knowledge in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, it is hard to see that while you practice, you work every single muscle of your body — from your toes to your neck!

After the desire to learn self-defense, getting in shape by doing something out of the ordinary is the second most popular reason people sign up for my martial arts program. Without knowing too much about it, they might say “I’m not doing anything to get in shape right now, so let’s give Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu a try – it looks fun.” Little do they know just how great of an exercise BJJ is. With Jiu-Jitsu, they get into a full body workout that mixes cardio and strength training, as well as increasing flexibility.

How can BJJ do all that?

Every class of a professional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy starts with a good warm-up in which you work your cardio, your core and your other major muscles – as well as stretching your whole body — by doing specific BJJ moves and routines. Notice that I said “professional” Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy – beware of some schools that skip the warm-up, a crucial element of practice and training. Just by completing the warm-up, you are doing more exercise than 80% of the world’s population does on a daily basis.

After the warm-up, you will do drills that help you learn specific techniques the instructor is focused on during that class, which will also work a combination of cardio, strength, flexibility and, in this case, your mind too. The techniques are interesting to learn and the drills are fun. Most people lose track of time because they are so focused and are having so much fun.

The sparring is where you reach the peak of your workout. Now, you are not only trying to execute the techniques you’ve learned, but you are doing it with a partner that is trying to do the same on you. That is when the adrenaline kicks in (which helps to consume a big part of your energy and burns a lot of your unwanted calories), and the mind game also starts. Because you are using your body as a fighting machine, the more parts of your body you can use, the better your performance will be. Without you even noticing, you are exercising every single muscle in your body while you are having fun and trying to win the match!

So let me ask – are you doing anything this fun to get in shape? I invite you to give us a try! Call Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu now at 949 366 2107 and I will give you a FREE 30 Days trial. Thank you.

02 May

Building Confidence: The Best Way to “Beat” Bullying

Why am I writing about bullying? First, because I was bullied as a teenager. In fact, this is one of the main reasons I started to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the first place. Second, because bullying is a major issue in the lives of many children.

If you are a parent, you should have a close look at the recent statistics I found online and be aware that your child may one day become a victim of bullying, or even become a bully themselves!

Here are some of the statistics on bullying:

• 1 out of 4 teens are bullied.

•9 out of 10 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender) students experienced harassment at school and/or online.

• As many as 160,000 students stay home on any given day because they’re afraid of being bullied.

• 1 out of 5 kids admits to being a bully, or doing some “bullying.”

• 43% fear harassment in the bathroom at school.

• A poll of teens ages 12-17 proved that they think violence has increased at their schools.

• 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.

• More youth violence occurs on school grounds than on the way to or from school.

• 80% of the time, an argument with a bully will end up in a physical fight.

• 1/3 of students surveyed said they have heard another student threaten to kill someone.

• 2 out of 3 students say they know how to make a bomb, or know where to get the information to do it.

• Every seven minutes a child is bullied on a playground. An adult intervenes 4% of the time, and peers intervene 11% of the time, but 85% of the time, no one intervenes.

These are alarming numbers. So what is the solution? The bottom of line is that there isn’t one specific solution for this problem, because there are different types of bullying, and different reasons someone can become a bully.

But no matter what the reason is, I believe the number one way a person can overcome bulling is by being confident! Confidence comes with achievement and by being successful at something people look up to. You can also gain confidence when you develop the ability to defend yourself.

Looking at it from a martial arts perspective, when you know you can defend yourself well, that gives you extra power, the power to conquer your fear and standing up for yourself and controlling the pace

of the situation. By controlling the pace of the situation, I mean your tone of voice, the type of eye contact you make and your posture. But in order to have the confidence to control the situation, you need to be mentally ready to go “all in” if necessary, and by that I mean ready to fight the bully in case something the situation escalates.

Unless you are a natural-born fearless person, which is the great minority of people, in order to have this kind of self-confidence, it really helps to experience similar situations so you can become more comfortable in them. That’s why martial arts training and sparring are so important—they create this kind of experience and give you a true sense of how you can defend yourself on a weekly basis. Then, as a student of martial arts, if you face a situation like being confronted by a bully, your reactions are more accurate and natural.

I’ve being confronted by bullies many times in my life, maybe because I wasn’t a physically strong person when I was young (I developed my thick neck and cauliflower ears a few years later!), so I had the chance to experiment different kinds of approaches. I tried being loud, angry, and aggressive… but I discovered that the approach that is most successful is to be calm and speak with a firm but smooth voice, with a certain smile on my face. In my mind, I was being rational, getting mentally prepared for the worst. But most of the time, the situation was solved before it got out of hand. One time, however, I had to actually fight the bully, and because I knew how to defend myself, I taught the bully “a lesson.”

So I can clearly state that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has given me the confidence to stand up against bullies, or to cope with any other situation when I was feeling under pressure. And I believe it has given the same confidence to many other people as well.

Girls get bullied, too. The kind of bullying girls suffer is often not of a physical nature, but a social one. Being able to defend yourself only solves part of the problem, but I believe that high self-esteem and self-confidence can solve them all.

In all cases, parenting plays a big role into helping kids to overcome present and future problems due to bullying. Parents must help their children to find something worthwhile they can be confident doing, with a group of people that accept their children as part of the group. Martial arts, sports, arts and other activities can really help boost your child’s confidence. A person who succeeds in anything is admired by others who share similar values.

Also, talking with your children and instilling them with positive thoughts can definitely help. For example, if your child is bullied because he or she is intelligent but not popular, you can help your child to understand that only dumb people will bully intelligent ones, and that intelligence is much more important for their future than popularity. If they are bullied because of their looks, why not emphasize that looks are relative? Some people might not like a certain look but others might. You can also emphasize that looks are only “skin deep” and that personality is more important than looks anyway.

The bottom of line is that there are things you can do, and that your kids can do. What you cannot do is to ignore the problem. Bullying is a societal disease, and it needs to be addressed. That is why I wrote this and also why I am developing an anti-bullying program in my martial arts school in San Clemente.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a great way to help kids build confidence, and I invite you to learn more about how we can help. But if you don’t do it with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, please find some other way to help your kids build the confidence they need to avoid becoming a victim of bullying.

05 Apr

Guillobel BJJ Academy Gets 5 Gold at Pan American 2012 Representing San Clemente in one of the Biggest Martial Arts Tournaments in The World!

Guillobel BJJ Academy Gets 5 Gold at Pan American 2012

Guillobel BJJ Academy Gets 5 Gold at Pan American 2012 Representing San Clemente in one of the Biggest Martial Arts Tournaments in The World!

Guillobel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu took home a total of nine medals from this year’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Pan Americans recently held in Irvine. Five Gold, one Silver and three Bronzes. This is academy founder Sensei Paulo Guillobel’s fifth-time winning the Gold at the Bjj Pan Ams.

“All of our hard work, training, dedication and commitment is reflected by these victories,” says Guillobel, a 4th Degree Black Belt. “Our medals were won by academy students of different levels of training, spanning from White Belt to Black Belt.”

Three of the Gold medal winners are Guillobel instructors who currently coach classes from the Kid’s Empowerment Program level all the way up through Masters level at Guillobel BJJ Academy.

This year’s the Pan Ams, held in Irvine March 28th through April 1st, was the largest in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu history. An estimated 3,300 athletes competed on the mat.

“Out of the twelve competitors representing us, nine earned medals, definitely something to be proud of,” added Guillobel.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Pan American is a major event in the martial arts community in which thousands of athletes participate every year coming from all parts of the world, and is one of the biggest martial arts tournaments in the world.

Guillobel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, located in San Clemente for over five years, is run by five-time Pan American Champion Paulo Guillobel, a 4th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. At Guillobel we pride ourselves on promoting a family atmosphere in our academy where students of all ages feel welcome and learn tools to use for the rest of their lives.