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Rubens Charles “Cobrinha”

Rubens Charles, also known as “Cobrinha” (Little Snake), is a multiple time world jiu jitsu champion with the longest reign in the featherweight divisions history in the sport. Originally from the town of Londrina and with a background in capoeira, Rubens Charles’ talent was discovered by the legendary BJJ fighter 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)
  • 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

69 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    23 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    38 (55%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

38 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
21
8
#86e620
Mata leao
18
7
#5AD3D1
Choke
11
4
#d1212a
Triangle
8
3
#fad11b
Armbar
8
3
#f58822
Bow and arrow
8
3
#224aba
Omoplata
5
2
#ff9124
Cross choke
5
2
#bf1f6c
Toe hold
5
2
#22c9a5
Brabo choke
3
1
#fad223
Kimura
3
1
#03861f
Darce choke
3
1
#039a1f
Collar Choke
3
1
38
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
15 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (27%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (7%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Rubens Charles Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1506Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSRD22008
1608Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPointsADCC66KGF2009
1863Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x2Brasileiro70KGF2010
1884Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.70KGF2010
2016Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLRefree DecisionWorld Pro.74KGSF2011
2035Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSF2011
2218Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 4x2World Champ.70KGSF2011
2344Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPenADCC66KGF2011
2381James HarbisonJames HarbisonLRefree DecisionNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2011
2555Rafael MendesRafael MendesLArmbarPan American70KGF2012
2863Rafael MendesRafael MendesLRefree DecisionWorld Champ.70KGF2012
3211Rafael MendesRafael MendesLRefree DecisionPan American70KGF2013
3300Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x0World Pro70KGF2013
3412Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGSF2013
4121Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 10x8World Champ.70KGF2014
948Felipe VidalWPts: 4x0World Cup70KGF2005
1034Ocimar SantosWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.70KGRD12006
1035T. SatoWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRD22006
1036Jonatas GurgelJonatas GurgelWChokeWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2006
1040Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWToe holdWorld Champ.70KGSF2006
1042Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaWPts: 8x0World Champ.70KGF2006
1178Peter HanWN/APan American70KGRD12007
1180Wilson ReisWPts: 2x0Pan American70KG1/4F2007
1184Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPointsPan American70KGSF2007
1185Mario ReisMario ReisWPts: 2x0Pan American70KGF2007
1287Jason TaborWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRD12007
1291Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2007
1292Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPointsWorld Champ.70KGSF2007
1294Mario ReisMario ReisWBow and arrowWorld Champ.70KGF2007
1348Renan BorgesWMata leaoWorld NoGi70KG1/4F2007
1349Magno GamaWDarce chokeWorld NoGi70KGSF2007
1350Shane RiceShane RiceWPointsWorld NoGi70KGF2007
1435Jose AugustoWDQWorld Champ.70KGRD12008
1439Scott DeWittWBow and arrowWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2008
1440Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWCross chokeWorld Champ.70KGSemi f2008
1442Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWToe holdWorld Champ.70KGF2008
1517Karel PravecWTriangleNoGi Pan Am.70KGSF2008
1518Daniel AguiarWMata leaoNoGi Pan Am.70KGF2008
1519R. HallWMata leaoWorld Cup Pro70KGNA2008
1529Karl PravecWTriangleNoGi Worlds76KG1/4F2008
1531C. CardosoWMata leaoNoGi Worlds76KGSF2008
1533Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2008
1598Hiroshi NakamuraWArmbarADCC66KGRD12009
1603Joel TudorWMata leaoADCC66KG1/4F2009
1607Rany YahyaRany YahyaWKimuraADCC66KGSemi2009
1691Wellington DiasWellington DiasWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2009
1693Rafael MendesRafael MendesWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.70KGSF2009
1694Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.70KGF2009
1826Marcelino FreitasMarcelino FreitasWPts: 3x0Pan American70KGF2010
1877Flavio MeierWArmbarWorld Champ.70KGRDS2010
1878Yukinori SasaYukinori SasaWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRDS2010
1879Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWOmoplataWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2010
1882Mario ReisMario ReisWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGSF2010
2031Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Pro.ABS1/4F2011
2096Itaro AndradeWChokeWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
2099UnknownWChokeWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
2187Ed RamosWPts: 3x0World Champ.70KG1/4F2011
2273David MarinakisWTriangleADCC66KGRD12011
2311Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPointsADCC66KG1/4F2011
2329Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPts: 6x0ADCC66KGSF2011
2377Marco MaceraWPointsNo Gi WorldsABSRD22011
2412Renan BorgesWMata LeaoNo Gi Worlds70KGSF2011
2424Justin RaderJustin RaderWAdvNo Gi Worlds70KGF2011
2545Alfredo BarumWCross ChokePan American70KGRD12012
2552David LemesDavid LemesWCollar ChokePan American70KG1/4F2012
2554Mike FowlerMike FowlerWBow and arrowPan American70KGSF2012
2843Mario YokoyamaMario YokoyamaWPointsWorld Champ.70KGRD22012
2853Edson de OliveiraWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRD32012
2859Eduardo da SilvaWPts: 6x2World Champ.70KG1/4F2012
2862Leonardo SaggioroWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGSF2012
3077Justin RaderJustin RaderWAdvNoGi Worlds70KGF2012
3142Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 2x0European Open70KGF2013
3199Jordan CollinsWOmoplataPan American70KGRD12013
3207Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWChokePan American70KG1/4F2013
3209Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPointsPan American70KGSF2013
3407Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPointsWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2013
3537Darson HemmingsWMata leaoADCC66KGRD12013
3541Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 3x0ADCC66KG1/4F2013
3546Justin RaderJustin RaderWPointsADCC66KGSF2013
3548Rafael MendesRafael MendesWRefree DecisionADCC66KGF2013
4104Robson BarbosaWPointsWorld Champ.70KGRDS2014
4111Mario SilvaWN/AWorld Champ.70KGRDS2014
4115Italo LinsItalo LinsWArmbarWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2014
4120Isaque PaivaWPts: 24x2World Champ.70KGSF2014

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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