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.

25 Mar

Guillobel BJJ At Las Palmas Jog-A-Ton

Guillobel BJJ At Las Palmas Jog-A-Ton


Guillobel BJJ San Clemente’s Little Ninjas coach Ricardo Silva and assit. coach Leo Barbosa went to Las Palmas elementary School in San Clemente, to show the kids our “Bully Be Gone” program during recess, right after the “Jog-A-Ton” event in a joint effort to get our youth moving, healthy and safe. The students and the Guillobel’s staff had a blast sharing a handful of self- defense techniques and exercises.  They learned from the “rock and bird”(double hand wrist grab defense) to the tomoenage (feet on hips sweep). The students of Las Palmas Elementary loved it all, from warm ups to techniques they could not get enough, even some of the staff got in on the action too! “We cannot wait for the next class!!!” were some of the comments we heard from both students and faculty alike. Plans for our return have already been made… San Clemente Parents who were concerned with the lack of exercise stimulating activities in schools got into contact with Master Paulo Guillobel. “…to get the kids moving, healthy and give them the confidence to put an end to bullying in their lives!” was the reason and Guillobel BJJ Academy of-course were on board. Thus this partnership was created. To get any information on our Academy, “Bully Be Gone” program, or to get our coaches to a school near you get into contact with us at 949-366-2107. Asst. Coach Leo will gladly answer all your questions

16 Mar

Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu San Clemente and Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association Ask For Your Help

Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu San Clemente and Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association Ask For Your Help

One of our warriors really needs our help. I had the privilege of teaching Seana for a couple weeks in Toronto and to have been following her battle against cancer. She represents the spirit of a true Brazilian Jiu-jitsu fighter, even with her, now, fragile body, the strength of her soul knows no boundaries. I hope I can count with our Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Family to join us in this fight. I have a lot of faith in Seana, and if anyone can overcome this, she is the one.

Seana’s Story

Seana Rossi started training brazillian jiu jitsu in spring 2008
under Toronto BJJ black belt Jorge Britto. Already proven to be a true
fighter, Seana showed her incredible spirit from her first days on the
mats. Seana could be found training day and night and soon began to
compete. At her second competition, Seana broke her arm, Professor
Britto admits not all students would return to the sport after a break
so early in their career. However, Seana was mat side watching her
teammates practice technique and did her rehab religiously. Although she
could not compete, she would travel to competitions to cheer her
teammates on and be in their corner. Seana was always the loudest person
in the crowd. As soon as she was cleared she was drilling technique
with always a smile on her face and a sparkle in her eye.

In spring 2009 Seana was informed that her cancer had returned. This
marked the beginning of a long battle that has touched the lives of many
people. Seana soon underwent chemotherapy and surgery, but continued to
train as much as possible. Seana would not let the cancer stop her from
doing the things she loved most. While completed chemotherapy she
competed in Grapplers Quest, the Toronto Jiu Jitsu Classic and had an
inspirational showing at American Nationals. Seana touches the lives of
everyone she meets and gives true meaning to the word warrior. To honor
her spirit Toronto BJJ founded the Seana Rossi Award, first presented in
December 2011, to be presented to the student at Toronto BJJ who best
displays the warrior spirit that Seana displays every day. Seana
continues her battle with cancer today, undergoing many cycles of
chemotherapy. Slowly the cancer has taken away her ability to train in
the sport she loves. However, Seana, her friends family and team have
not given up.

Most recently Seana has been informed that her cancer is progressing
and is not longer responsive to chemotherapy and her body if too weak to
undergo surgery. Today the most promising treatment for Seana is a drug
by the name of Avastin. This drug works by cutting off the blood supply
to the tumors so they can no longer grown and survive. In addition to
this there are a number of other treatments Seana can trake to help
improve her quality of life and battle with the disease. These
treatments are not covered by extended health insurance or other medical
coverage. We are asking the jiu jitsu community to band together like
it has before to help in a time of need.

In an unprecedented move, the charity Cancer Care Ontario has
reversed its previous decision and agreed to provide funds for Seana’s
Avastin treatment. This is a big move in the right direction for Seana’s
fight. We will continue to organize various fundraising events and
promote donation to cover the remaining costs of treatment.

Our goal is to raise $45,000 to cover one year of treatment costs.
Through the support of people all over the world we have already raised
just over $10,000.00!!

Get involved! Help Seana Fight!

To help support donations can be sent directly by email money transfer toshelpseanafight@gmail.com. To
donate through check, money order or other (bank transfer, etc) please
contact Help Seana Fight Coordinator Melissa Biscardi through facebook
or via email melissa.biscardi@utoronto.ca. Also check out the site www.seanasfight.com


24 Feb

Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-jitsu San Clemente’s Kids Outstanding Performance

This last weekend, February 18 and 19,  our Kid’s Black Belt Club Team was on fire! They competed at a major Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Tournament, The Kids Pan American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship and also at a WSA surfing contest bringing gold medals and first place trophies from both events.

Our children’s team was not the biggest in number of competitors, but they were sharp!

The Pan BJJ tournament was one of the biggest kid’s tournament ever. Competitors from all over the country came to fight for the Pan american champion title. It was amazing to watch kids as young as 4 years old competing with each other. They were so little, but yet so tough.

Personaly, I was really happy to see how the kids competition is growing every year. For the first time ever I saw a kid’s tournament where girls were fighting girls and boys were fighting boys, in all belts and all ages. If it keeps growing like that, and those kids stay until their black belt, the world will have the best generation of Brazilian Jujitsu black belts of all times.

Our Boys, Joaquim, Mitch, Jonas and Christian, competed pretty well, proving that our Kids Empowerment Program is one of the top in the world. Joaquim and Mitch got the gold, while Jonas got second and Christian, after a pretty exciting fight, came out short on points.

In a totally different event, our student Nico Coli won a WSA surfing contest in Huntington Beach at the Micro Grom division and took fifth at the 10 and under. His mom, Katherine, told me that Jiu-jitsu has been helping Nico in surfing a lot, and that he is more athletic now.

The Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Family and the San Clemente community are pretty proud of you guys!

Joaquim O'Campo on the Podium




28 Jan

Rigan Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Seminar in San Clemente

Rigan Machado Teaching the actor Ashton Kutcher

One of the legends of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Master Rigan Machado, will be teaching a Seminar at Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in San Clemente, South of Orange County, this Thursday, February 2 at 7 Pm.

Master Rigan has taught numerous professional MMA fighters, such as BJ Penn, and celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, Chuck Norris, Steven Segal, Michael Dudikoff (The American Ninja), and others. He also made the first American BJJ Pan American Black Belt Champion in the history of our sport.

Master Rigan comes from a famous family of Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts. His four brothers are also very accomplished in BJJ,  like Jean Jacques Machado, known world wide as one of the best ever.

Master Rigan was one of the pioneers here in the USA to spread the Brazilan jiu-jitsu. There was a time when Master Rorion Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Royce Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Carlos Machado and Rigan Machado were teaching at the same location, in the garage of one house in Redondo Beach, CA, the birthplace of BJJ in the USA.

In January of 2000, I came to America to have the privilege to train with Rigan Machado, and his jiu-jitsu had great influence on my. His more than 30 years of practicing of Jujitsu gave him a unique ability in teaching the art and make many Champions from scratch.

Master Rigan’s uncle, Carlos Gracie Sr. is the founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The Machado Family was raised together with the Gracie Family, and  is one of the most traditional families in our Martial art style.

It will be a honor to have Master Rigan at Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Academy. His Seminar will be for children and Adults (man and woman), and it will be open for students from another academies. The spots available for Master Rigan’s seminar are limited, so make sure to reserve yours before is too late. For more information call Guillobel Bjj School at 949-366-2107.

04 Dec

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in San Clemente Has a New Location

Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School is moving to a new (and beautiful) place!

Starting tomorrow, Monday Dec 5th, ALL our classes will be taught at our new location at 621 N. El Camino Real, Suite A, San Clemente CA 92672.

‘After 5 nice years at Los Molinos Street, we are ready to move on and offer an even better experience. We always had the most amazing jiu jitsu family, who supported us on getting our school established and  known as the #1  bjj kids empowerment program. Now, we are happy to give back to our students. We heard all their suggestions and we are proud of this new home: we have air conditioning, shower, kids payroom, internet access, security cameras and a very safe mat area’, all because our students deserve it!‘, says head instructor and owner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu San Clemente, Paulo Guillobel.

‘The official grand opening will happen in the beginning of new year, but as every year, we’ll host ‘The End of the Year Party’ on Dec 10th 11am to 2pm’, says Sensei Paulo. All our students, families and friends are more than welcome to join us. It for sure will be fun!


  • as a reference, we  are on the same building as Farmers & Merchants Bank (close to Wells Fargos, Pedro’s Taco, CVS pharmacy);
  •  there is plenty of (safe) parking lot at the back of the building, at Mariposa Street;
  • If you are a current member, please notice that classes from now on will be taught only at our new location, at El Camino Real.
  •  If you are not yet part of our brazilian jiu jitsu family in San Clemente, just give us a call at 949 366-2107to redeem our grand openign offer: 30 days of FREE training +  FREE private class.

See you on our (new) mat,

Catarina and Paulo Guillobel

10 Nov

San Clemente BJJ School brings 6 Medals from Jiu Jitsu No Gi World Championship

Our Guillobel Jiu Jitsu San Clemente School is proud to bring home 6 medals for one of the most prestigious jiu jitsu tournament in the world, the BJJ World No Gi Championship, hosted last Saturday, Nov 5th in Long Beach.

‘Our jiu jitsu students did an amazing performance and I’m proud to have them representing San Clemente’, says Sensei Paulo Guillobel, head instructor of the most well known Martial Arts Academy in town.

Professor Paulo Guillobel himself brought the gold medal after winning the Black Belt Seniors Division. Guillobel BJJ offers a variety of programs, including classes for beginners. To learn more, call 949 366-2107


18 Oct

Jiu Jitsu Birthday Party – Oct 16th 2011

Last Sunday we had so much fun at our Jiu Jitsu San Clemente school! We hosted Benjamin’s 5th birthday party at our academy. More than 23 kids showed up and learned some really cool bjj moves and values. Our Jiu Jitsu birthday party is a great way to experience our martial arts. Thank you all for coming! Hope see you on the mat again.