the small shield of self defense


Read what others have to say about Jake Whitfield, owner and head instructor of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Goldsboro.

Tim Kennedy endorses Gracie Goldsboro instructor Jake Whitfield



"I have trained with Jacob Whitfield for almost 15 years. He is a remarkably talented instructor and a very talented grappler. He's absolutely dedicated to improving as a martial artist."

Tim Kennedy

UFC Veteran, BJJ Black Belt, Green Beret, Army Ranger

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I’ve been fortunate to be able to learn from Jake a couple of times and would love to have more occasions to do so. You can see his deep understanding of the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu in the way he teaches. He pays great attention to detail and fine tuning.


For self defense you’d be hard pressed to find a better teacher. Not a single technique I have learned from Jake has been lacking in regard to protecting yourself against a realistic attack.

- Chelsea Kurtzman, Purple Belt

jeff shaw toro bjj (fix2)

Jake Whitfield is a deeply knowledgable and passionate instructor of authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Like his instructor Royce Gracie, the jiujitsu Jake teaches is a complete martial art, effective for self-defense and mixed martial arts as well as competition. No one loves jiu-jitsu more than Jake, and few can approach his teaching abilities. Don't miss the chance to learn from him!

- Jeff Shaw, Brown Belt

Host of the Dirty White Belt Podcast

Owner,  Bellingham BJJ

royce and i

I am extremely thankful to have had Jake as my first jiu-jitsu teacher. If jiu-jitsu is truly going to change you, you must have an instructor that knows how to push you in just the right ways, at just the right times. Jake doesn't mind mistakes, but he won't let you cheat yourself. 


Jiu jitsu has made me fit, strong, and confident. The techniques were a part of that change, but having the right instructor(s) is the other necessary ingredient. Jake won't let you down, and you will work hard to not let him down. I highly recommend his academy!

- Brian Gorman, Purple Belt

travis wheeler throw (fix)

I've been training with Jake Whitfield for almost 10 years. One of the things I love best about training here is that I've never been told that my jiu-jitsu must look like anyone else's. Jake took the time to help me improve the moves I like and helped me develop additional skills that fit right in with what I knew. However, the most important benefit from training at Gracie Goldsboro was that I learned a strong foundation of self defense techniques that help me every day! The skills that Jake Whitfield teaches increase your confidence and awareness while helping you improve your physical conditioning. I can't speak highly enough about the benefits of jiu-jitsu and the depth of knowledge that Jake brings to the mats every time he teaches a class!

- Travis Wheeler, Black Belt