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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
1486Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x2World Champ.AbsoluteRd 22008
1587Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPointsADCCU66kgFinal2009
1841Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x2BrasileiroU70kgFinal2010
1862Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.U70kgFinal2010
1994Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLRefree DecisionWorld Pro.U74kgSemi f.2011
2013Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Pro.AbsoluteFinal2011
2196Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 4x2World Champ.U70Semi f.2011
2321Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPenADCCU66kgFinal2011
2358James HarbisonJames HarbisonLRefree DecisionNo Gi WorldsAbsolute1/4 final2011
2528Rafael MendesRafael MendesLArmbarPan AmericanU70kgFinal2012
2836Rafael MendesRafael MendesLRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U70kgFinal2012
3178Rafael MendesRafael MendesLRefree DecisionPan AmericanU70kgFinal2013
3267Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x0World ProU70kgFinal2013
3379Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x0World Champ.U70kgSemi f.2013
4075Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 10x8World Champ.U70kgFinal2014
932Felipe VidalWPts: 4x0World CupU70kgFinal2005
1017Ocimar SantosWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.U70kgRd 12006
1018T. SatoWChoke from backWorld Champ.U70kgRd 22006
1019Jonatas GurgelJonatas GurgelWChokeWorld Champ.U70kg1/4 final2006
1023Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWToe holdWorld Champ.U70kgSemi f.2006
1025Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaWPts: 8x0World Champ.U70kgFinal2006
1158Peter HanWN/APan AmericanU70kgRd 12007
1160Wilson ReisWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanU70kg1/4 final2007
1164Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPointsPan AmericanU70kgSemi f.2007
1165Mario ReisMario ReisWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanU70kgFinal2007
1267Jason TaborWChoke from backWorld Champ.U70kgRd 12007
1271Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWChoke from backWorld Champ.U70kg1/4 final2007
1272Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPointsWorld Champ.U70kgSemi f.2007
1274Mario ReisMario ReisWBow and arrowWorld Champ.U70kgFinal2007
1328Renan BorgesWMata leaoWorld NoGiU70kg1/4 final2007
1329Magno GamaWDarce chokeWorld NoGiU70kgSemi f.2007
1330Shane RiceShane RiceWPointsWorld NoGiU70kgFinal2007
1415Jose AugustoWDQWorld Champ.U70kgRd 12008
1419Scott DeWittWBow and arrowWorld Champ.U70kg1/4 final2008
1420Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWCross chokeWorld Champ.U70kgSemi f2008
1422Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWToe holdWorld Champ.U70kgFinal2008
1497Karel PravecWTriangleNoGi Pan Am.U70kgSemi f.2008
1498Daniel AguiarWMata leaoNoGi Pan Am.U70kgFinal2008
1499R. HallWMata leaoWorld Cup ProU70kgn/a2008
1509Karl PravecWTriangleNoGi WorldsU76kg1/4 final2008
1511C. CardosoWMata leaoNoGi WorldsU76kgSemi f.2008
1513Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsU76kgFinal2008
1577Hiroshi NakamuraWArmbarADCCU66kgRd 12009
1582Joel TudorWMata leaoADCCU66kg1/4 final2009
1586Rany YahyaRany YahyaWKimuraADCCU66kgSemi2009
1670Wellington DiasWellington DiasWChoke from backWorld Champ.U70kg1/4 final2009
1672Rafael MendesRafael MendesWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U70kgSemi f.2009
1673Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U70kgFinal2009
1804Marcelino FreitasMarcelino FreitasWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanU70kgFinal2010
1855Flavio MeierWArmbarWorld Champ.U70kgRounds2010
1856Yukinori SasaYukinori SasaWChoke from backWorld Champ.U70kgRounds2010
1857Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWOmoplataWorld Champ.U70kg1/4 final2010
1860Mario ReisMario ReisWChoke from backWorld Champ.U70kgSemi f.2010
2009Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Pro.Absolute1/4 final2011
2074Itaro AndradeWChokeWorld Champ.U70kgRounds2011
2077UnknownWChokeWorld Champ.U70kgRounds2011
2165Ed RamosWPts: 3x0World Champ.U70kg1/4 Final2011
2250David MarinakisWTriangleADCCU66kgRd 12011
2288Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPointsADCCU66kg1/4 Finals2011
2306Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPts: 6x0ADCCU66kgSemi f.2011
2354Marco MaceraWPointsNo Gi WorldsAbsoluteRd 22011
2389Renan BorgesWMata LeaoNo Gi WorldsU70kgSemi f.2011
2401Justin RaderJustin RaderWAdvNo Gi WorldsU70kgFinal2011
2518Alfredo BarumWCross ChokePan AmericanU70kgRd 12012
2525David LemesDavid LemesWCollar ChokePan AmericanU70kg1/4 final2012
2527Mike FowlerMike FowlerWBow and arrowPan AmericanU70kgSemi f.2012
2816Mario YokoyamaMario YokoyamaWPointsWorld Champ.U70kgRd 22012
2826Edson de OliveiraWChoke from backWorld Champ.U70kgRd 32012
2832Eduardo da SilvaWPts: 6x2World Champ.U70kg1/4 final2012
2835Leonardo SaggioroWChoke from backWorld Champ.U70kgSemi f.2012
3050Justin RaderJustin RaderWAdvNoGi WorldsU70kgFinal2012
3110Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 2x0European OpenU70kgFinal2013
3166Jordan CollinsWOmoplataPan AmericanU70kgRd 12013
3174Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWChokePan AmericanU70kg1/4 final2013
3176Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPointsPan AmericanU70kgSemi f.2013
3374Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPointsWorld Champ.U70kg1/4 Final2013
3496Darson HemmingsWMata leaoADCCU66kgRd 12013
3500Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 3x0ADCCU66kg1/4 final2013
3505Justin RaderJustin RaderWPointsADCCU66kgSemi f.2013
3507Rafael MendesRafael MendesWRefree DecisionADCCU66kgFinal2013
4058Robson BarbosaWPointsWorld Champ.U70kgRounds2014
4065Mario SilvaWN/AWorld Champ.U70kgRounds2014
4069Italo LinsItalo LinsWArmbarWorld Champ.U70kg1/4 Final2014
4074Isaque PaivaWPts: 24x2World Champ.U70kgSemi f.2014

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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