INSTRUCTOR BIO

ROBERT McMASTERS

Robert McMasters
I’ve been very fortunate to have had a very rich and fulfilling “Jiu-Jitsu journey” thus far, with so many different sources of influence and inspiration and rewarding experiences along the way. I’ve been teaching BJJ since 2006, when I was a white belt. I’ve worked professionally as a teacher and counselor for most of my career, and I believe that this has significantly both shaped and complemented my path and place in the greater BJJ community. I have a strong interest in working with strict beginners and am always trying to improve my “teaching game,” just as much as, if not more than, my “Jiu-Jitsu game.”

While you can probably find more detailed information and videos, etc on me by just plugging my name into a search engine, here’s a link to a short documentary on BJJ in Moldova I made way back in the day { watch it here } and here’s probably the nicest thing anybody’s ever written about me { read it here }.

BJJ Career Highlights:

2018: Awarded brown belt from Rich Sab, Asheville, NC
2017: Started “Open Source Jiu-Jitsu”. Asheville, NC
2015: Awarded purple belt from Carlos Diego Ferreira, Pharr, TX
2012: Featured in “The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Globetrotter”, by Christian Graugart
2011: Started first BJJ tournament series in Moldova (“Burlacu Tri-Duals”, Burlacu, Cahul, Moldova)
2008: Awarded blue belt from Gustavo Machado, Virginia Beach, VA
2006: Started first BJJ program in Moldova
2005: 2nd place (adult white belt lightweight) Arnold Schwarzenegger/ Gracie World Submission Championships, Columbus, OH
2004: Began training BJJ with Saulo & Xande Ribeiro, Detroit, MI

My Lineage:

Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Francisco Mansur > Joe Moreira > Rich Sab > Robert