My young son has trained with Guillobel for 2 1/2 years and I cannot say enough good things about the place. This academy is top notch. The lead instructor Paolo is a fabulous instructor and a great role model for his students (young and old). In fact, everyone who works there and helps with the teaching make the place a joy to be part of. Not only are they constantly working on ways to improve and include classes that appeal to various ages and abilities, they also are striving to create a great community of people in San Clemente. I am honored that our son has the opportunity to learn from a master and that our family benefits from being part of the Guillobel community. -Ariana H.
I have been training under Paulo for 6 years. I consider myself lucky to have such a high level trainer who is hands on. The atmosphere at the academy is always friendly & positive. If you are looking to start Jiu-Jitsu or improve your game, come in & check it out. – Patrick t S.
For the last year that my 5yr old daughter and I have been attending Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu we have had such an EXCITING and GREAT
experience. All the instructors are very welcoming and are there to meet the needs of each individual person.Not only have we made amazing friends but we have gained so much more including confidence, physical fitness and of course self defense. I am 100% satisfied with every penny i have put into this business considering all the priceless gifts it has given us.. -Alicia S.
At first I thought Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was a little bit far from my house in Talega, but went there to try it out. They immediately made me part of the family and the program fitted my lifestyle so much that it paid off driving the extra 5 mins. I like quality of instruction and the family environment. -Anthony H.
I’ve been around organized sports for almost my entire life and this is the best brother and sisterhood feeling around. Guillobel BJJ isn’t just an academy, it’s a family. Sensei Paulo and his entire staff make you feel welcome and wanting to come back every day. My kids (13 and 8 years old) train here too and Paulo and his staff love these kids like they’re their own. You want to be a champion, then come get trained by real ones. I WILL always promote Guillobel BJJ Academy for how they’ve changed mine and my family’s lives on and off the mat. OBRIGADO!!!!!! -Michael C.
The instructors do a great job at reaching BJJ, and everyone in the academy has a great vibe and gets along well. -Ethan B.
I have been training at Guillobel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 9 months and I have and would recommend this school for anyone interested in learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The environment they have created is awesome. No egos and everyone is willing to learn and teach. Being an Active Duty Marine my schedule is always chaotic and changing, and there they are willing to work with my schedule and understand unlike some places in the area where their sole purpose is about making money, at Guillobel students come first! -Stephen T.
I have been a martial artist for over 40 years and have three black belts (Kenpo, TAI and TaeKuan Do) and I am a retired law enforcement officer. I previously studied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Jon Jeaque Machado and got my blue belt. When I moved back to Orange County I did a lot of research looking for a BJJ Academy and asked my Jiu Jitsu friends for recommendations. I have been training at Guillobel Jiu Jitsu Academy for three months now. I highly recommend this Academy. The instruction is simply
outstanding and the facility is really nice. The instructors are friendly, patient and have great teaching techniques and skills and it is a great value for your money. The program is well rounded and includes solid fundamentals, great self defense techniques, a wonderful kids program, and for those that wish to compete there is a great competition training program with many champions on the mat at any given time.-Ron S.
Sensei Paulo Guillobel is the highest ranked Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor in all Orange County and we are all lucky enough to have him teaching out of San Clemente. Sensei Guillobel is also a 2 time WORLD BLACK BELT CHAMPION! If I was to go to http://www.bjjtree.com/, I could trace back every “certified” BJJ instructor back to the start of Jiu-Jitsu, and Sensei Paulo is near the top! He has been doing Jiu-Jitsu for 25 years!!!! The Guillobel Jiu-Jitsu team was issued a “certificate of recognition” from the state of California’s Senate for there success at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu American National’s Tournament in 2012! This place only trains the most dedicated, hard working practitioners!
But if your looking for something “more” than the absolute best training in Orange County continue reading:
The core of Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s programs is their exclusive character building curriculum. By teaching their students the importance of respect, confidence, discipline, and a positive attitude, Guillobel’s character education program provides them with the understanding needed to identify a right decision in life, and the confidence to take on and complete any task needed to achieve any goal. Students who obtain these life skills are found to be better equipped to excel at school, achieve success in work, sports, music and the arts, they get along anyone, treat everyone appropriately with respect, and build healthy and lasting friendships. What else could anyone ask for?
SIMPLY THE BEST WITH NO OTHERS IN IT”S LEAGUE! GUILLOBEL STANDS ALONE!!-Chad K.
Paulo Guillobel is the best place to train in San Clemente. Unlike the other big name school in SC the classes are taught by a black belt not by someone that watched a DVD.-Cliff B.
Sensei Paulo Guillobel and coach pretzel are the most patient coaches out there, the coaches have both been training for a long time so you wont have someone who just started training teaching the classes like some other jiu-jitsu academies I’ve been to. Everyone who trains there is welcoming and friendly to everyone.-Jade C.
Best Jiu-Jitsu School in OC! Two thumbs up to Sensei Guillobel and his team! Great people, Great facility and greater instruction.
Don’t hesitate and schedule a class with them.-San Pedro B.
The best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy in Orange County let alone San Clemente. As a local San Clemente resident I feel lucky to have such a high caliber instructor in town. I recommend Paulo Guillobel’s academy to anyone, kids, women, or men looking to get in great shape all while learning advanced skills in the gentle art of Jiu Jitsu.-Jack P.
I go there 3 days a week its the best -Brendan M.
Been training many many years, and I highly recommend Guillobel, Paulo gives great precise instructions and he and his wife are awesome people.
Thanks welcoming me in when I drop in to train Enzo M.
Great school, Top instructors and a excellent group of passionate people to train with, I would recommend trying a class if you are interested in learning a martial art.-Barry M.
I was just visiting California for a month to do some tournaments an this awesome school welcomed me in and made my feel like family. And the jiu-jitsu was awesome i learned so much while i was there. Great experience looking forward to training there again.-Robert C.
There is no parallel to the qualify of instruction and high level of grappling training at Guillobel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The academy offers a variety of classes at different times… it flows perfectly with my work schedule, and I am grateful to have is so close to home and work. -Tom J.
The Guillobel BJJ Academy has been one of the best things in my son’s life, always positive and consistent. We are so grateful to have all the whole Guillobel family in our own families life. -Marianne O.
With short term contracts, several classes and times to choose from and convenient payment arrangements I knew we had a winner! My son has trained with not one, or two but 3 distinguished Black belt instructors. Under the direct guidance and coaching of Sensei Paulo I’ve seen the improvement and confidence in my son who not only considers himself a student but part of their family. Really happy our decision not to settle elsewhere paid off and exceeded our expectations! -Erica O.
I went to see one of their classes today and they treated me pretty nice. The second instructor seemed pretty good and taught the class well.-Angel M.
guillobel is the best jiu jitsu academy i ever trained in my life. paulo guillobel is the one i choose to be my sensei for life ,it feels like family in there,and plus u will be learning from one of the best and highest ranked jiu jitsu black belts in san clemente and orange county.(its not any one who can be a world champion and a pan american champion)
if u feel like u need more confidence,health,and self discipline,and at the same time become a great jiu jitsu fighter,guillobel is the place to be!!! -Andre P.
Guillobel is one of the best places to learn the art due to the high level of the training and the overall structure. The people here are the nicest people and are always there to help. Ive been going here for awhile now and you catch on quickly. Here you can enjoy and love the sport of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu! -Justin B.
BJJ is something that most women feel hesitant about doing; intimidation, strength, insecurities, lack of knowledge of martial arts, etc. ( everything I felt about BJJ.). I thought about BJJ as an avenue to really break out of my introverted shell, and to mix up my work out routine……The second I walked in the door I was welcomed with warm smiles, great information, and no pressure to sign a contract. I was given a clean uniform called a Gi, and was quickly introduced to Sensei Paulo (Black Belt). He was far from intimidating, and continued to express how important it is to go at my own pace and to use this as ” a try out” class to see if BJJ works for me! The majority of class came in soon after, and we began ” The fundamentals of BJJ” after the warm up, and technique review, you are paired up with a partner to train. ( I was paired with a man my equal weight) I was a bit scared, but he insisted it was going to be ok, and IT WAS! BJJ is such a fluid martial art that is almost more mental than physical. Not to say I wasn’t sore the next day, but it is such a different sport that I was thinking about it for days after! So needless to say, my first experience of Guillobel BJJ as a young woman was excellent! The staff was wonderful, and even after one class I felt intrigued to do more! P.S. Incredible workout, I used muscles i had no idea I had! -Courtney A.
World Class instructor in a family / friendly and clean environment! What else can one ask for? As a BJJ and Judo black belt living in the Orange County area, I’ve been blessed to have found this place. Paulo points out and corrects details to be worked on my game, which keeps improving in every practice. Thats why Im training there every day. I see changes in people all ages, from getting in shape, to gaining confidence. On top of everything, the students are very friendly and receptive. I’ve made so many good friends already and we are always hanging out after class, grabbing lunch, etc… I recommend you to come check out this place and have a blast, while learning techniques and building a healthy mind and body. -James L
Paulo Guillobel is the highest ranking and one of the most accomplished Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructors in Orange County. The people who train at the academy treat you like family and are friends on and off the mat. Unlike other local academy’s, you get to train with at least one black belt every class AND there are no long term contracts. Both of my young kids (4 and 5 years old, boy and girl) train here and love it. -Jason H.