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What takes to become one of the best Gracie Jiu Jitsu Instructors

Updated: Oct 25, 2023

At Urbana Academy, a great Gracie Jiu Jitsu instructor needs to possess several key qualities:

  1. Technical Expertise: Our instructors have a deep understanding of jiu-jitsu techniques, positions, and principles, and we are able to effectively teach these to our students.

  2. Patience: Every UA instructor is patient with all our students, regardless of their skill level or progress, and provides constructive feedback to help everyone improve.

  3. Communication Skills: Effective communication is essential to convey complex techniques clearly and ensure our students understand and execute it correctly.

  4. Adaptability: Our BJJ instructors are adaptable in teaching methods to cater to the diverse needs and learning styles of our students.

  5. Safety Consciousness: Safety is our top priority, and instructors emphasize the importance of proper technique to minimize the risk of injury.

  6. Motivation and Inspiration: Our instructors motivate and inspire students to push their limits, set goals, and work hard to achieve it step by step.

  7. Approachability: Our instructors are approachable and open to questions, creating an environment where students feel comfortable seeking guidance.

  8. Empathy: Understanding the challenges and frustrations students face and providing emotional support is vital for a great instructor.

  9. Experience and Credentials: Having a strong background in Gracie Jiu Jitsu, possibly with competition experience, adds credibility to our instruction.

  10. Leadership and Professionalism: Our instructors set a positive example by being punctual, respectful, and maintaining a high level of professionalism.

  11. Commitment to Continuous Learning: BJJ is an evolving art, so our instructors are aware to learn and adapt their teaching to stay current with new techniques and strategies.

  12. Strong Ethical Standards: Our instructors always promote the values of respect, discipline, and sportsmanship both on and off the mat. Every Gracie Jiu Jitsu instructor at Urbana Academy combines these qualities to create a positive and productive learning environment for our students.


One of the main BJJ instructors and role models at Urbana Academy has been Peyton Hobson. He has been a true example and source of inspiration for young students at our gym. Peyton has been admired and respected for his human qualities, achievements, and the positive influence on others.

Peyton's BJJ classes play a crucial role in shaping the attitudes and behaviors of our students at Urban Academy. He is a true example of what can be achieved through hard work, determination, and a commitment to values, which makes him one of the best BJJ instructors in Maryland.

Since 2016, Peyton’s journey in Jiu Jitsu has been absolutely transformative, leading to significant weight loss and a more active lifestyle. He has enjoyed competing in both the local and IBJJF tournaments and appreciates the comradery found at Urbana Academy. In April of 2017, Peyton was awarded his Blue Belt. Peyton also further expanded his training to include Judo, Muay Thai, and Krav Maga as a compliment to his Jiu Jitsu training. In September 2020, Peyton was awarded his Purple Belt.

HOW PH motivates students in Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Peyton Hobson affirms that motivating people to practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) can be achieved through various approaches:

Set Clear Goals

We encourage our students to define what their goals are in BJJ, whether it's mastering a particular technique, earning a higher belt rank, or participating in competitions. "Goals provide motivation and a sense of purpose," he says.

Foster a Supportive Community

Our academy emphasizes the camaraderie and support all of us can receive from training partners.

Show Progress

We help students recognize and celebrate their progress, no matter how small. Improvement is a powerful motivator. We keep track of everyone's achievements and milestones.

Positive Reinforcement

We always offer constructive feedback and praise when students perform well. Positive reinforcement can boost confidence and motivation.


We encourage our students to participate in local BJJ tournaments. Competition can be a strong motivator to refine skills and test ourselves.


Our incentives such as stripes on belts, certificates, and other rewards are essential for meeting specific goals.

Regular Challenges

In our sparring sessions, our students compete in a friendly environment and experience the thrill of competition without the pressure of a formal tournament.

Inspirational Stories

All of us share success stories of fellow students and instructors who have achieved their goals through dedication and hard work. These stories inspire others to make one step at the time.

Keep It Fun

We ensure that training sessions are enjoyable and not overly serious. A fun and relaxed environment can be a significant motivator.

Feedback Loop

We create an open feedback system for students to express their concerns or suggestions. This helps in tailoring the training experience to everyone's needs.

At Urbana Academy, we understand that every motivation varies from person to person. Thus, it's essential to understand our students' individual motivations and cater the needs to keep everyone engaged in the BJJ practice and passion.

Urbana Academy
Phone: 301-529-6289
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