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Rubens Charles “Cobrinha”

Rubens Charles, also known as “Cobrinha” is a historical figure in the sport of Brazilian jiu jitsu, being a 4x IBJJF World Jiu Jitsu Champion as well as a 2x ADCC champion. Originally from the town of Londrina and with a background in capoeira, Rubens Charles’ talent was discovered by the legendary BJJ competitor and instructor Fernando Terere, with whom Cobrinha worked for an extended period before he joined the Alliance Jiu Jitsu Team. Though Rubens Charles is famed for his aggressive style on the mats, Cobrinha is also an accomplished instructor with a long career building fighters games.

Rubens Charles Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Rubens Charles Maciel

Nickname: Cobrinha was a name given to Rubens in his Capoeira days. It means “Little Snake”, and it was given to him because he was so agile and flexible.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Alexandre Paiva > Fernando Augusto Terere > Rubens Charles

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • World Nogi Champion (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012)
  • ADCC Champion (2013, 2015)
  • Pan American Champion (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • European Open Champion (2013)

Weight Division: Peso Pena (Featherweight) – 70kg /154lbs

Favourite technique: De La Riva Guard

Association/Team: Alliance

Important DVD Releases: Cobrinha Spider Guard Instructional.

Rubens Charles Cobrinha Biography

Rubens Charles “Cobrinha” was born on December 24th of 1979 in Londrina, Brazil. He moved to Sao Carlos when he was still a child. Being a normal Brazilian child, the first sport he practiced was Football (soccer), but that love for soccer was ruled out when he got his first taste of “Capoeira”, the Brazilian Martial Art of fancy kicking and dancing moves. He joined the “Grupo dos Jangadeiros” a club that was run my Capoeira Master Antonio Zacaria and practised 2 times per day all 7 days of the week, a habit he followed for the most of 14 years, the time it took him to become a Master himself.

He only found Jiu Jitsu at a later stage, when a friend that was launching a Martial Arts gym asked him to pass by to see the new place. Cobrinha was 21 and as he came in he saw a class of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he was curious and took the class. After being “schooled” by a purple belt that was taking the class, Cobrinha decided Jiu Jitsu was the art he wanted to dedicate himself to, and on the next day he joined a BJJ school close to him, led by BJJ black belt Mauro Pacífico.

He remained training with professor Mauro for a long time, changing his Capoeira schedule to dedicate himself fully to BJJ (the same schedule of 2x per day, 7 days per week). It was at a state championship in Sao Paulo that Cobrinha’s future would turn. After getting to the final and losing to a student of legendary Fernando Terere, Rubens Charles was invited to move to Sao Paulo and train with Terere. With the approval of his Master, he moved to Sao Paulo to train with the then world famous “TT” Team. He spent 4 months living in the Academy, jobless but training 2x a day and with rights to private lessons from the man Terere himself, every single day, sharpening every tool he already had and adding a few more to the arsenal. His team was also substantially more competitive with monsters like Terere, Eduardo Telles and Andre Galvao, Lucas Lepri, Leandro Martins and many others every day on the mat’s.

The black belt came shortly after, in 2005, from the hands of Terere. It had taken him 5 years to achieve. He went to the Mundial (World Championships) and finished 3 out of 5 opponents on his way to glory. After the gold medal he was invited to compete in Japan at the Pro Jiu Jitsu X, a tournament that he won. 2006 followed and although his team “TT” had dissolved while he was in Japan, his master, Terere helped him with his training preparing him for 2006. The Mundial came that year and Cobrinha was once again victorious, finishing all of his opponents by way of submission.

Fernando Terere, the man that had been so important to Rubens Charles BJJ career had several well broadcasted personal problems, including drug addiction and a severe case of schizophrenia which led him astray from jiu jitsu. Before Terere left to the North-east of Brazil (namely to the town of Natal) he advised Cobrinha to join one of Terere’s former instructors Fabio Gurgel, and thus another joyful BJJ partnership had begun.

In 2007 Cobrinha went to the United States to fight at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pan American Championship. While he was there he gave a seminar in Atlanta at Jacare Romero’s gym (Jacare is Fabio Gurgel’s Master). Jacare was so impressed with Cobrinha’s skills that he decided to give him a job at his academy, a job which he took. While training at his new place in Atlanta, US, Cobrinha continued like a juggernaut, destroying everyone in every competition he attended. Another World Championship in 2007, 2008 and 2009, while still finding strength to challenge the best in no gi (Submission Wrestling) wining the No Gi World Championships in 2008 and 2007, and securing a Runner Up spot at the ADCC 2009 in Barcelona.

Cobrinha is regarded by many as the best Lightweight Fighter of all time and was awarded “Best BJJ Fighter of 2009” by the Brazilian Press. Cobrinha is also an amazing teacher having taught BJJ World Champions Michael Langhi and Sergio Moraes, and a lot more are on the way.

Rubens Charles Grappling Record

93 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    31 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    52 (56%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)

52 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
25
13
#86e620
Mata leao
15
8
#5AD3D1
Armbar
15
8
#d1212a
Choke
8
4
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
8
4
#f58822
Triangle
6
3
#224aba
Toe hold
4
2
#ff9124
Cross choke
4
2
#bf1f6c
Omoplata
4
2
#22c9a5
Darce choke
2
1
#fad223
Heel hook
2
1
#03861f
Kimura
2
1
#039a1f
Collar Choke
2
1
#03b41f
Inverted triangle
2
1
#03c61f
Brabo choke
2
1
52
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (11%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (22%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
50
1
#86e620
Choke from back
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rubens Charles Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1799Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSRD22008
1934Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPointsWorld Pro.65KGF2009
1993Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2009
2019Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPointsADCC66KGF2009
2379Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x2Brasileiro70KGF2010
2400Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.70KGF2010
2585Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLReferee DecisionWorld Pro.74KGSF2011
2606Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSF2011
2805Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 4x2World Champ.70KGSF2011
2938Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPenADCC66KGF2011
2980James HarbisonJames HarbisonLReferee DecisionNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2011
3206Rafael MendesRafael MendesLArmbarPan American70KGF2012
3587Rafael MendesRafael MendesLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGF2012
4065Rafael MendesRafael MendesLReferee DecisionPan American70KGF2013
4156Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x0World Pro70KGF2013
4280Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGSF2013
5140Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 10x8World Champ.70KGF2014
6554Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 6x0World Champ.70KGF2015
1137Felipe VidalWPts: 4x0World Cup70KGF2005
1268Ocimar SantosWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.70KGR12006
1269T. SatoWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRD22006
1270Jonatas GurgelJonatas GurgelWChokeWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2006
1274Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWToe holdWorld Champ.70KGSF2006
1276Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaWPts: 8x0World Champ.70KGF2006
1456Peter HanWN/APan American70KGR12007
1458Wilson ReisWPts: 2x0Pan American70KG1/4F2007
1462Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPointsPan American70KGSF2007
1463Mario ReisMario ReisWPts: 2x0Pan American70KGF2007
1577Jason TaborWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR12007
1581Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2007
1582Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPointsWorld Champ.70KGSF2007
1584Mario ReisMario ReisWBow and arrowWorld Champ.70KGF2007
1641Renan BorgesWMata leaoWorld NoGi70KG1/4F2007
1642Magno GamaWDarce chokeWorld NoGi70KGSF2007
1643Shane RiceShane RiceWPointsWorld NoGi70KGF2007
1728Jose AugustoWDQWorld Champ.70KGR12008
1732Scott DeWittWBow and arrowWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2008
1733Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWCross chokeWorld Champ.70KGSF2008
1735Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWToe holdWorld Champ.70KGF2008
1808Karel PravecWTriangleNoGi Pan Am.70KGSF2008
1809Daniel AguiarWMata leaoNoGi Pan Am.70KGF2008
1810R. HallWMata leaoWorld Cup Pro70KGNA2008
1820Karl PravecWTriangleNoGi Worlds76KG1/4F2008
1822C. CardosoWMata leaoNoGi Worlds76KGSF2008
1824Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2008
1853Jonathan TorresWArmbarAll Star Pro72KGRD22008
1856Bruno TostesWHeel hookAll Star Pro72KGSF2008
1858J. RaderWPts: 2x0All Star Pro72KGF2008
1888Michel MaiaWPointsCapital Challenge70KGSF2008
1890Rafael MendesRafael MendesWPointsCapital Challenge70KGF2008
1929Marcio LivioWArmbarWorld Pro.65KGR12009
1931Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesWChoke from backWorld Pro.65KG1/4F2009
1932Tiago FernandesWChoke from backWorld Pro.65KGSF2009
1948Renan BorgesWArmbarPan American70KG1/4F2009
1951Rafael MendesRafael MendesWDQPan American70KGSF2009
1952Mario ReisMario ReisWBow and arrowPan American70KGF2009
1984Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWChoke from backPan AmericanABS1/8F2009
1992Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
2009Hiroshi NakamuraWArmbarADCC66KGR12009
2014Joel TudorWMata leaoADCC66KG1/4F2009
2018Rany YahyaRany YahyaWKimuraADCC66KGSemi2009
2105Wellington DiasWellington DiasWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2009
2107Rafael MendesRafael MendesWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGSF2009
2108Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGF2009
2283Gustavo CarpioWChoke from backPan American70KG1/4F2010
2285Renan BorgesWChoke from backPan American70KGSF2010
2286Marcelino FreitasMarcelino FreitasWPts: 3x0Pan American70KGF2010
2393Flavio MeierWArmbarWorld Champ.70KGRDS2010
2394Yukinori SasaYukinori SasaWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRDS2010
2395Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWOmoplataWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2010
2398Mario ReisMario ReisWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGSF2010
2602Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Pro.ABS1/4F2011
2684Itaro AndradeWChokeWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
2687UnknownWChokeWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
2774Ed RamosWPts: 3x0World Champ.70KG1/4F2011
2867David MarinakisWTriangleADCC66KGR12011
2905Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPointsADCC66KG1/4F2011
2923Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPts: 6x0ADCC66KGSF2011
2976Marco MaceraWPointsNo Gi WorldsABSRD22011
3011Renan BorgesWMata LeaoNo Gi Worlds70KGSF2011
3024Justin RaderJustin RaderWAdvNo Gi Worlds70KGF2011
3195Y. NakatsukaWCross ChokePan American70KG1/8F2012
3203David LemesDavid LemesWCollar ChokePan American70KG1/4F2012
3205Mike FowlerMike FowlerWBow and arrowPan American70KGSF2012
3567Mario YokoyamaMario YokoyamaWPointsWorld Champ.70KGRD22012
3577Edson de OliveiraWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRD32012
3583Eduardo da SilvaWPts: 6x2World Champ.70KG1/4F2012
3586Leonardo SaggioroWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGSF2012
3821M. BorgesWArmbarNoGi Worlds70KGSF2012
3822Justin RaderJustin RaderWAdvNoGi Worlds70KGF2012
3975Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWInverted triangleEuropean Open70KGSF2013
3976Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 2x0European Open70KGF2013
4053Jordan CollinsWOmoplataPan American70KGR12013
4061Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWChokePan American70KG1/4F2013
4063Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPointsPan American70KGSF2013
4172Marcel GoncalvesWPointsWorld ProABSR12013
4275Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPointsWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2013
4441Darson HemmingsWMata leaoADCC66KGR12013
4445Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 3x0ADCC66KG1/4F2013
4450Justin RaderJustin RaderWPointsADCC66KGSF2013
4452Rafael MendesRafael MendesWReferee DecisionADCC66KGF2013
5123Robson BarbosaWPointsWorld Champ.70KGRDS2014
5130Mario SilvaWN/AWorld Champ.70KGRDS2014
5134Italo LinsItalo LinsWArmbarWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2014
5139Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPts: 24x2World Champ.70KGSF2014
6548Italo LinsItalo LinsWArmbarWorld Champ.70KG1/8F2015
6550Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 3x0World Champ.70KG1/4F2015
7001Tezekbaev RasulWMata leaoADCC66KGR12015
7008Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 3x0ADCC66KG1/4F2015
7013Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWReferee DecisionADCC66KGSF2015
7015Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPts: 3x0ADCC66KGF2015

Banner photograph taken by Ross Finlayson.

Rubens Charles Highlight

Rubens Charles vs Marcio Feitosa (Final of the 2006 Mundial)

Rubens Charles vs Ryan Hall (no gi Tournament)

Rubens Charles Cobrinha, Sao Paulo State Championships

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