Robert Degle has made a bold career move as he has joined the ranks of elite competitors training at B-Team Jiu-Jitsu in Austin, Texas to try and develop his elite grappling skill even further. The news comes after Degle came out on the losing side of one of the biggest matches of his career so far against Kamil Wilk at Polaris 17. He publicly discussed the factors that led to his defeat, explaining that he needs to develop other areas of his game outside of leglocks in order to have success at the highest levels of the sport.
His assessment rings true, as it stands Degle is without a doubt one of the best leglockers in the sport and can dominate any NAGA or Grappling Industries tournament he enters with a series of quick finishes. If he’s unable to get that specific area going though, he can find himself in deep waters against the level of competition he’ll be facing now that he’s been promoted to black belt in BJJ. Degle hit headlines earlier in the year just a matter of days after his promotion because of a response he got from the IBJJF when he tried to update his membership to reflect his new rank.
Thanks to the time that he had registered as a brown belt, the IBJJF refused to recognise his promotion to black belt as confirming to their time restrictions and as such, he’s unable to compete until the required time has elapsed. Although he’ll no doubt miss out on some great competition now that the IBJJF has legalised heelhooks and reaping in adult brown and black belt no gi divisions, this also gives Degle the time to work on the areas of his game that he feels needs developing. Now that he’s made his way to B-Team Jiu-Jitsu, he has the perfect place to do so as well as the necessary time.
Robert Degle announced his move to join the elite competitors at B-Team Jiu-Jitsu in a recent post to his official Instagram account: