I've been thinking a lot about this lately, what makes for a really great BJJ instructor? What key traits set guys like Jacare, Keith Owen, Pedro Sauer, etc. apart from your "average" instructor? And please don't say it's being a badass BJJ player, because I'm sure we've all met someone who is amazing but can't teach to save their life. We're all part of a sport (don't bash me for saying sport, most of us are competitors) where we can train with the very best basically for the cost of the class or a private lesson/seminar. That's rare in most sports. There's no way I could get hitting tips from Jeter or a throwing clinic from Farve, but I could go roll with Jacare and Cobrihna for the price of a plane ticket to ATL and a drop in fee. So what is it that really sets the top-notch instructors from the average instructors. And as a side note, I have a Master's in education and am a teacher by trade, so I know a ton of pedagogical theory, but want to see how it applies to BJJ in other people's opinions.