Teddy Johnston GJJ Blue Belt (BBS4) – Assistant Head Instructor GJJ Aurora

Teddy is an active duty Marine. During his military career, Teddy had excelled in the Marine Corps Marital Arts Program by earning his 1st Degree Black Belt and being an instructor of the program for over ten years. While serving in Iwakuni, Japan from 2010-2013, Teddy came across judo and jiu-jitsu. While learning the sports recreationally to become proficient in submission and grappling, Teddy received military orders to North Carolina. While serving in North Carolina, Teddy came across the structure and great instruction of Gracie University and would travel across the state to meet certified instructors. While in North Carolina, Teddy earned his blue belt and blue belt stripe 1 (BBS1). Upon coming to Aurora, Teddy has only excelled through the Gracie University curriculum.  Additionally, Teddy had a desire to become a certified instructor. Through hard work and great instruction from Tony Debelak at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Aurora, Teddy completed the Gracie Academy Instructor Certification Program (ICP) 2018. 

Teddy has also been an active competitor and earned many medals from organizations such as NAGA and Fight 2 Win.

Teddy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management (Class of 2010) and Master of Business Administration (Class of 2012) from University of Phoenix.  He also holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Development from Villanova University (Class of 2018).


Helio Gracie -> Rorion Gracie -> Ryron and Rener Gracie -> Tony Debelak