Charles Oliveira, (or Charles do Bronx) is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Jorge Patino, and one of the rising stars in Mixed Martial Arts – MMA – today. The Gold Team standout made a name for himself fighting in smaller MMA shows in Brazil, but rapidly climbed up the ladder of success to reach the biggest martial arts stage of all, the UFC.
Charles Oliveira in Detail
Nickname: Charles started being called “do Bronx” when he moved to Macaco Gold Team. He lived in a Favela (slums) which is sometimes playfully nicknamed “Bronx” and the gym where he first started was also called Bronx, so some of the guys at the gyms started calling him “Charles do Bronx” which translates to “Charles of the Bronx”.
- South American Champion (2008 CBJJE – purple belt)
- 2x World Champion (2007 CBJJE – blue belt, weight and absolute)
- Sao Paulo State Champion (2007 – blue belt)
- World Cup Silver Medallist (2008 CBJJE – purple belt)
Weight Division (in BJJ): Leve (76kg-167lbs).
Team/Association: Macaco Gold Team.
Charles “do Bronx” Oliveira’s Biography
Charles Oliveira was born on the 17th of October 1989 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was raised in poverty at the burg of Guarúja in the state of Sao Paulo. Having a deprived childhood led him to start work very early, helping his mother sell Cheese Salads in a trailer. It was through this line of work that he met and made friends with a few kids that trained Jiu Jitsu. When Charles was around 12 years old, he was invited by those same kids to come and train BJJ at a local club and although the Oliveira family could not afford Charles’s tuition, Charles’s uncle Paulo knew the Jiu Jitsu coach and intervened on his behalf so Charles would be free to train without the fees.
Charles Oliveira started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Roger Coelho, the coach that awarded him all his belts until his brown. His first big win was as a white belt in 2003, winning the Sao Paulo State Championship in the Junior Division. He continued winning important competitions year by year, such as 3 stages of the Sao Paulo State Championships in 2004, the Copa Nação Jiu Jitsu in 2005 and an amazing run in 2006 with 16 medals in important tournaments at both his weight class and the open weight division. This succession of good results in sport jiu jitsu stayed alive until 2007 when Charles started pointing his career towards MMA. His first win was at an amateur MMA tournament in Brazil called the “Circuito de Vale Tudo Amador” which he won by armbar.
In 2008 he fought several fights obtaining belts in different events, solidifying his career as a mixed martial artist. Understanding that he had a bright future ahead of him, he decided to join the Macado Gold Team to further professionalize his game. with Jorge Patino (the coach at MGT) as his instructor and manager Charles conquered a spot in the UFC, arguably the biggest MMA organization in the world. It was Patino also who awarded Charles Oliveira his black belt, as stated by Oliveira himself to the website “Psicoticos Por Vale Tudo” on May, 2010.
Charles Oliveira fighting BJJ (Purple Belt)
Charles Oliveira at World Cup (Purple Belt)
Charles Oliveira vs Tiago Castro – World Jiu-Jitsu Cup 2008