the small shield of self defense

Welcome To Gracie Goldsboro

Jake Whitfield is an experienced martial artist, decorated competitor, dedicated teacher, and owner of Gracie Goldsboro, the source for authentic jiu-jitsu taught by the Gracies for nearly 100 years. Jake's self-defense curriculum is well-known and takes direct inspiration from his own instructor, Royce Gracie, the legend and winner of the first Ultimate Fighting Championships.


With experience in wrestling, kickboxing, karate, jiu-jitsu, and a career as a professional fighter, Jake is the most qualified instructor in the area. On any given day you'll find him on the mats with friends, students, and his three children - Ellie, Reagan, and Everett.


Start your Gracie Jiu-Jitsu journey today.