“What is the best martial arts school near me?” This is a question many people have when looking for a martial art school.

The truth is, no one has the proper data to tell you exactly what is the best martial arts school in the world. What we do know is that Guillobel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School has been voted by San Clementians the best martial arts school in San Clemente for the last five years.

Every Year since 2005, the number one San Clemente’s local newspaper, SC Times (San Clemente Times), has been giving to all the top local businesses of each category an award which they call the Best of San Clemente People’s Choice Ole Award.

For example, Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was running in two categories, Best Martial Arts Studios and Kids Summer Camp.

Basically, SC Times opens a chance for its readers to go online and vote for their favorite businesses in San Clemente.

Last Year (2018), they ran their 13th Annual Best of San Clemente People’s Choice Ole Award, and Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu won on both categories.

After winning the award for the fifth time, we got a call from an SC Times reporter asking us how we do it, how we win every time even though San Clemente has two big martial arts school franchises competing against us?

It’s always hard to pinpoint one thing that we do that set us apart. First, because we don’t know what other martial arts schools in the area are doing (or not doing). Second, because we believe it is a combination of things.

It could’ve been because we have over 25 years of experience teaching martial arts. When it comes to martial arts, the experience is one of the most important qualities. It means we’ve made a lot of mistakes in the past that we don’t make anymore, while less experienced instructors are still trying to figure it out.

Or because we consider all of our students our second family. One word that we hear a lot in our students’ testimonials is “compassion.” We believe the passion we have for teaching martial arts and the gratitude we have to our students for choosing us radiates back to them and their families.

Maybe because our mission is to teach more than martial arts. We like to share with our students the life skills and character development principles that a good martial arts program can offer. By helping our students in this way, we are not only helping them and their families, but we’re also helping our community and the world.

It could’ve been because of all of these reasons or other reasons that we didn’t mention here. Meanwhile, our motto is the “Pursuit of Excellence,” therefore, we’ll keep on trying to improve even more so we can win again next year.

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