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Exploring Life & Business with Johnny Guerrero of Art of Takedowns

Today we’d like to introduce you to Johnny Guerrero.

Hi Johnny, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My name is Johnny Leon Guerrero, and I am a professional Judo competitor and instructor with a 3rd-degree black belt and over 30 years of experience here in Southern California. I was born and raised in Oceanside and am an active member in the San Diego Judo Community. I started my Judo journey at the age of 4, and now at the age of 34 have finally established my own dojo here in Escondido. I started competing regularly at a young age and found success as a junior athlete. Despite continuous injuries, and with the assistance of friends, family, and many doctors, I persisted and found a passion for the sport. I also found a home and support system in the Judo community and that is what led me to want to share my passion for Judo with others. I opened the Art of Takedowns in an effort to bring awareness to the many benefits of Judo and create opportunities for those who also want to make a living within the Judo community. I am excited to expand here in San Diego and share the positive and motivating health benefits Judo can bring in ways that are adaptive to people of all ages and physical abilities.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The road was not always smooth. Multiple physical injuries proved to be a constant hurdle. I shattered my foot while wrestling at the age of 15, and despite being told I wouldn’t be able to compete again, I refused to let it slow me down. To this day, injuries sustained over the years of doing Judo continue to take a physical toll on my body. However, I truly believe in the positive benefits Judo offers to our physical and mental well-being. It is my goal to show how it has helped me become the best version of myself, despite the struggles along the way.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Art of Takedowns?
The Art of Takedowns Judo dojo has been a presence in Southern California for over a year now. We are a family-owned business that offers Judo and overall Fitness instruction for people of all ages and abilities. My presence in the Judo community has provided me with the skills and experience necessary to share my passion with the local community. We are proud to be the premier provider of Judo here in Escondido and strive to be a home and resource for those who also look to expand their Judo knowledge and skills. We are excited to grow in our community and soon offer adaptive programs so people of all abilities can be properly represented. Art of Takedowns also offers private training and individualized instruction programs to help assist with personal growth in whatever area is needed.

Are there any books, apps, podcasts, or blogs that help you do your best?
Judo teaches us to unify our mind and body, creating a sense of physical and spiritual harmony and discipline.I recommend positive mindset audiobookslike “Mental Toughness” by Katherine Chambers and I, myself, often listen to a podcast called “Positive Thinking Mind”. Truly learning to live each day in a positive light helps me maintain productivity and a healthy mental attitude. To me, that is what Judo embodies. This allows Judo to bring out the best version of me, and I strive daily to share that within the community.

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