About the Instructor


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Paulo Guillobel has had an outstanding career in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Winning or going to the finals in almost every tournament he has competed in, he is considered one of the top fighters of his generation.

Paulo was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the birthplace of Jiu-Jitsu. He began his Jiu-Jitsu training in 1988 with Professor Jorge Pereira, a black belt trained by Master Rickson Gracie. In 1996, at the age of twenty-two, Paulo was awarded his black belt. In 1997, Paulo also competed in his MMA competition and came out as champion. At the same time that Paulo was becoming a Jiu-Jitsu expert, he graduated and got a degree in Business from one to the top universities in Brazil. However, his passion for Jiu-Jitsu drove Paulo to keep up with his athletic career and also to begin his career as an instructor.

Toward the end of 1999, Paulo arrived in the United States. He had been invited by the world-renowned Machado family to be part of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team in the USA and to become one of their instructors. After arriving in the U.S., Paulo continued his winning streak in major Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling competitions including the World No-Gi championship, Pan American Championship, U.S. Open, Grappling Games and many others. He is indeed an international master of Jiu-Jitsu. He is now combining his athletic skills with his business skills to teach children and adults.

Today Paulo is part of the Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association and has opened his own academy in San Clemente to expand his involvement with the community teaching Jiu-Jitsu and promoting a healthy style of self-defense here in southern California.

  • 2 Time World Champion No Gi 2008 and 2011
  • 6 Time Pan American Champion: 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2006 and 2003
  • 5th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Author of the best seller, Mastering The 21 Immutable Principles Of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Certified by International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation
  • Studying BJJ since 1988
  • More than 20 years of teaching (since 1991)
  • Dedicates 100% of his time teaching
  • More than 50 titles as a Competitor
  • Born in Rio de Janeiro, birth place of BJJ
  • Business Degree
  • He is under guidance of 6x World Champion Saulo Ribeiro
  • His hobbies are surfing, snowboarding, paintball, and chess