In House Tournament Announcement


Every year we gather our students and some friends for our In House Tournament and this year will be no different. This time we will be having only Adults and Masters divisions for White, Blue and Purple Belts. We are also hosting exhibition matches or ‘Super Fights’ with Brown and Black Belts ( To be Announced ).

The date is June 17th and obviously it will be held at our School location. The info details are as followed:

Where: Pedro Soriano Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy – 235 N Gaffey St , San Pedro,  CA 90731. Ph # (310)519-1024 – email:

When: The Event day is June 17th, 2017 – The Weight Ins are going to be on the day prior (06/16) at the School location from 6pm to 8:30pm, and or the day of on Saturday the 17th until an hour prior your division starts.

How Much: Early Bird Sign Ups ( until 06/14 – Wednesday ) $40 , after or at the door $60. Super Fights athletes will compete for FREE.

Prizes: Medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Trophies will be awarded for Super Fight winners.

Who Is Welcome: Adult and Masters ( 18 years old and up ) from White, Blue and Purple Belts. Due to the small space of the facility, we encourage the athletes to only bring their coach. Whoever else tags along will have a $20.00 viewer entry fee.

What Time: School is Open at 7:30am for Weight Ins – Mats are Open for Warm Ups from 8am to 8:45am – Rules given at 8:50am – White Belts start at 9am, Blue Belts at 11:30am, Purple Belts at 3pm.

Spectators Note:  Please go to Our Facebook Page , Like and Share our Page to view the event. You may also watch the Tournament by following us on Instagram . Feel Free to Share our Sites on your social media so that your family and friends can watch all the action from the comfort of their home.

If you are interested in participating in this event and didn’t receive a formal invitation, please feel free to email us at and we will be happy to help you out.

We hope all the information is listed above, if you have any questions or concerns, please email us or call us at (310)519-1024. Keep rolling and we will see you on the mat.

San Pedro locals bring lots of medals from Jiu-Jitsu Tournament in Huntington Beach.

This past weekend our friend Cleber Luciano and his wife Lili hosted for the 20th consecutive year the Copa Pacífica of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Huntington Beach at Ocean View High School.

We want to congratulate all students, the ones that fought and represented our School flag and the rest of them for training hard and helping prepare their teammates.

On Saturday the 22nd, Jarry S. (14) took 1st place after defeating by 2 wins, in a best out of 3, against a green belt. Jarry had total domination on both matches and came out with the gold to bring back to San Pedro. On the podium Jarry stood by himself after his opponent refused to go get his 2nd place medal. Carlos L. (12) had a tough match and ended up with 2nd place.

On Sunday the 23rd was the adults white and blue belts turn to get their battles on. The first one on deck was Tobin Woodley on the Masters White belt Light weight division. Tobin took 1st place, had 3 matches and totally rolled them all up. First match cross collar choke from mount position, second match a beautiful 15 seconds arm bar from closed guard and final match won by lots of points and no points scored against.

Jose Martinez was the next one on deck, Maters White belt Middle weight division, and scored 2nd place by defeating the first opponent by guillotine choke and loosing the final on the sudden death. Erin Donnelly also took 2nd place in the Women Masters White belt Super Feather weight division.

Our Army Major Hal Shannon Howerton, Blue Belt heavy weight, scored 1st place after defeating both of his opponents and finishing the final match by Submission (Americana). Gary Mikaelian scored 3rd place via guillotine choke on the 3rd place bout for the Master II blue belt light weight division.

We also would like to thank Biagia Nguyen and Bryan Castillo for coming out and competing. The results were not how we expected but they fought their butt off and kept their head up.

Thank you all once again and stay tuned!

The Blue Belt Team is growing

Congratulations to Dylan Bruno on his Blue Belt promotion. Dylan had been watching his boys, Odin and Damian, for several months from the sidelines at the kids classes and finally decided to join us in our Adult Program. Dylan was a great addition to the family and we are very happy to see the Bruno’s on their journey to black belt.

This post is also an invitation to all parents of our students to come and take a class with Sensei. Easy pace, learn at your speed kind of class. We hope to see you on the mat…

For more info about a trial class, ask at the front desk or give us a call at (310)519-1024 .

10 years of The Best Martial Arts in San Pedro, CA.

Brianna Matsuura brings the Gold from Irvine to San Pedro, CA.

This past Friday, March 17th, our BJJ Blue belt student and Judo coach of our Martial Arts Program, Brianna Matsuura, scored 1st place at the 2017 IBJJF PanAm Championships in Irvine, CA.

Brianna had 3 very tough matches and came back to San Pedro with the GOLD! 

We would like to congratulate her for all the hard work and dedication as well as all the students and coaches that help Brianna and team to get ready for the competition.

Stay rolling and we will see you on the mat.

San Pedro Martial Arts Student Of The Year!

The Student Of The Year Awards in 2016 went to mom and son. We were proud to announce Erin Donnelly as the Adult BJJ  Fundamentals Program Student Of The Year and Caden Kane as the Juniors BJJ Program Student Of The Year. These two are San Pedro Locals, phenomenal people and high level athletes. 
Congratulations to mom and son for all the hard work and dedication to the School and Jiu-Jitsu.

And our Adult Advance BJJ Program Student Of The Year went to Clifton Teshima, our brown belt 2016 IBJJF NoGi World Champion. Clifton was the most active competitor of the Year and is an hell of a good person with true Samurai spirit and family values.

This coming week  (12/19 to 12/24) is our last week of activities of 2016. The Toy-Drive due date for donations is 12/21, so if you haven’t done yours yet you still have time to help put a smile on son kid’s face. 

On Saturday the 24th, we will have our traditional Christmas Open Mat at 10am. The gym will be close from 12/25 to 01/02/2017 when we resume normal classes schedule.

Stay tuned…

San Pedro Martial Arts Academy brings more medals home this past Saturday. Check it out…

This Past Saturday our Kids Team went to battle for the last time in 2016 at the Dream BJJ Tournament.We want to Thank all the kids on our Program for training hard and never whining to get everyone ready for the competition. 

Jarry Sessions (yellow belt) took 1st place, defeating the same opponent twice in a very tough best of three bouts, Ethan Cook (white belt) took 2nd place in his debut scoring an awesome cross collar choke in his first match and Marina Iacono (grey belt) took 3rd place.

We are very proud for all the hard work and commitment of this young Samurai with dealing with preparations and adversities of training. Thank you all the parents as well for trusting your children in our Program.

Happy Holidays to all of you – #10yearsofpsbjj #sanpedrobjj

San Pedro Jiu-Jitsu scores GOLD in San Francisco

On November 5th, Saturday last week, Clifton Teshima our brown belt and one of our most active competitors, scored a big 1st place at The IBJJF Worlds NoGi Championship in San Francisco. Clifton had two real tough matches against two very tough opponents and beating the Brazilian National NoGi Champion in the Final match of the Masters division.


As Clifton came back home with the Gold his accomplishments weren’t done… He also has gotten promoted “Shodan” (Black Belt) in Judo from our second home Gardena Judo Club.

Congratulations, Clif!!!!!!!!!!!!! Way to go, buddy…

See you on the mat…



Sensei Paulo Guillobel Seminar here in the house!


Our very own Sensei Paulo Guillobel will be in the house teaching us a Seminar next month.

Wednesday – October 12th – 7pm

Sign up fee: PSBJJ students $50 – non students $65 until 09/30.

After 10/01 fee goes up PSBJJ students $60 – non students $75.
Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from a true Master and Champion. Spot are limited due to space, so we can insure comfortable area for attendees. First come first serve.
We hope to see you there! #10yearsofpsbjj #guillobelbjj

August – Technique Of The Month – By Sensei Pedro Soriano


Hello San Pedro!,

As we all know we are Celebrating our 10 year Anniversary in business! That’s right 10 years spreading Jiu-Jitsu here in town. That being said, Sensei Pedro decided to share a technique that he has been doing since he started Jiu – Jitsu back in 1995.

The Hook Sweep is one of Sensei’s favorite techniques and in the video below you’ll get to see how he does it. We hope you enjoy it…