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

Robert McMasters


Robert McMasters
Kyle has a rich and diverse background in grappling. He began training as a teenager in 2006, and has trained at 40 locations around the world between Judo and BJJ, teaching at many places as well (including at a BJJ Globetrotters camp). Kyle has a long successful competition history in Texas, and in his first four months here in NC, Kyle won double golds at NAGA (no-gi elite & brown belt divisions), double silvers at the Waynesville Judo Fall Brawl (73kg, Open Weight), and triple golds at the Nito Cup (undefeated in 10 matches for 73kg, 81kg, open weight), as well as two other first place finishes. His full competition history and grappling resume is available  here .


He received his black belt in Judo through
Kokoro Judo in Austin, TX. Kokoro is led by a group of black belts and is a registered USA Judo club. Kyle’s black belt is certified through USA Judo. USA Judo is the Olympic national governing body of the US.

Kyle received his blue and purple belt under
Dave Thomas (himself a black belt under Travis Tooke ) in 2014. Later, Dave moved across the country.

Kyle received his brown belt by surprise promotion via the BJJ Globetrotters’ Council of Traveling Black Belts , which included the strong approval of both Roger Gracie black belt Oliver Geddes , De La Riva black belt Morcegão, and others.