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Rubens Charles “Cobrinha”
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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

86 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    29 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    48 (56%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

48 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Choke from back
25
12
#86e620
Mata leao
17
8
#5AD3D1
Armbar
13
6
#d1212a
Choke
8
4
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
6
3
#f58822
Triangle
6
3
#224aba
Omoplata
4
2
#ff9124
Toe hold
4
2
#bf1f6c
Cross choke
4
2
#22c9a5
Kimura
2
1
#fad223
Collar Choke
2
1
#03861f
Inverted triangle
2
1
#039a1f
Brabo choke
2
1
#03b41f
Darce choke
2
1
#03c61f
Heel hook
2
1
48
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
17 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (53%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (12%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (24%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (6%)
  • 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
1714Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSRD22008
1830Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPointsWorld Pro.65KGF2009
1861Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPointsADCC66KGF2009
2185Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x2Brasileiro70KGF2010
2206Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.70KGF2010
2379Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLReferee DecisionWorld Pro.74KGSF2011
2400Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSF2011
2582Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 4x2World Champ.70KGSF2011
2714Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPenADCC66KGF2011
2756James HarbisonJames HarbisonLReferee DecisionNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2011
2945Rafael MendesRafael MendesLArmbarPan American70KGF2012
3288Rafael MendesRafael MendesLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGF2012
3679Rafael MendesRafael MendesLReferee DecisionPan American70KGF2013
3769Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x0World Pro70KGF2013
3882Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGSF2013
4695Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 10x8World Champ.70KGF2014
6055Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 6x0World Champ.70KGF2015
1093Felipe VidalWPts: 4x0World Cup70KGF2005
1185Ocimar SantosWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.70KGRD12006
1186T. SatoWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRD22006
1187Jonatas GurgelJonatas GurgelWChokeWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2006
1191Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWToe holdWorld Champ.70KGSF2006
1193Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaWPts: 8x0World Champ.70KGF2006
1373Peter HanWN/APan American70KGRD12007
1375Wilson ReisWPts: 2x0Pan American70KG1/4F2007
1379Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPointsPan American70KGSF2007
1380Mario ReisMario ReisWPts: 2x0Pan American70KGF2007
1492Jason TaborWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRD12007
1496Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2007
1497Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPointsWorld Champ.70KGSF2007
1499Mario ReisMario ReisWBow and arrowWorld Champ.70KGF2007
1556Renan BorgesWMata leaoWorld NoGi70KG1/4F2007
1557Magno GamaWDarce chokeWorld NoGi70KGSF2007
1558Shane RiceShane RiceWPointsWorld NoGi70KGF2007
1643Jose AugustoWDQWorld Champ.70KGRD12008
1647Scott DeWittWBow and arrowWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2008
1648Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWCross chokeWorld Champ.70KGSF2008
1650Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWToe holdWorld Champ.70KGF2008
1723Karel PravecWTriangleNoGi Pan Am.70KGSF2008
1724Daniel AguiarWMata leaoNoGi Pan Am.70KGF2008
1725R. HallWMata leaoWorld Cup Pro70KGNA2008
1735Karl PravecWTriangleNoGi Worlds76KG1/4F2008
1737C. CardosoWMata leaoNoGi Worlds76KGSF2008
1739Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2008
1768Jonathan TorresWArmbarAll Star Pro72KGRD22008
1771Bruno TostesWHeel hookAll Star Pro72KGSF2008
1773J. RaderWPts: 2x0All Star Pro72KGF2008
1803Michel MaiaWPointsCapital Challenge70KGSF2008
1805Rafael MendesRafael MendesWPointsCapital Challenge70KGF2008
1825Marcio LivioWArmbarWorld Pro.65KGRD12009
1827Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesWChoke from backWorld Pro.65KG1/4F2009
1828Tiago FernandesWChoke from backWorld Pro.65KGSF2009
1851Hiroshi NakamuraWArmbarADCC66KGRD12009
1856Joel TudorWMata leaoADCC66KG1/4F2009
1860Rany YahyaRany YahyaWKimuraADCC66KGSemi2009
1946Wellington DiasWellington DiasWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2009
1948Rafael MendesRafael MendesWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGSF2009
1949Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGF2009
2088Gustavo CarpioWChoke from backPan American70KG1/4F2010
2090Renan BorgesWChoke from backPan American70KGSF2010
2091Marcelino FreitasMarcelino FreitasWPts: 3x0Pan American70KGF2010
2199Flavio MeierWArmbarWorld Champ.70KGRDS2010
2200Yukinori SasaYukinori SasaWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRDS2010
2201Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWOmoplataWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2010
2204Mario ReisMario ReisWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGSF2010
2396Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Pro.ABS1/4F2011
2461Itaro AndradeWChokeWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
2464UnknownWChokeWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
2551Ed RamosWPts: 3x0World Champ.70KG1/4F2011
2643David MarinakisWTriangleADCC66KGRD12011
2681Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPointsADCC66KG1/4F2011
2699Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPts: 6x0ADCC66KGSF2011
2752Marco MaceraWPointsNo Gi WorldsABSRD22011
2787Renan BorgesWMata LeaoNo Gi Worlds70KGSF2011
2800Justin RaderJustin RaderWAdvNo Gi Worlds70KGF2011
2934Y. NakatsukaWCross ChokePan American70KG1/8F2012
2942David LemesDavid LemesWCollar ChokePan American70KG1/4F2012
2944Mike FowlerMike FowlerWBow and arrowPan American70KGSF2012
3268Mario YokoyamaMario YokoyamaWPointsWorld Champ.70KGRD22012
3278Edson de OliveiraWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRD32012
3284Eduardo da SilvaWPts: 6x2World Champ.70KG1/4F2012
3287Leonardo SaggioroWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGSF2012
3510Justin RaderJustin RaderWAdvNoGi Worlds70KGF2012
3600Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWInverted triangleEuropean Open70KGSF2013
3601Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 2x0European Open70KGF2013
3667Jordan CollinsWOmoplataPan American70KGRD12013
3675Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWChokePan American70KG1/4F2013
3677Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPointsPan American70KGSF2013
3877Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPointsWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2013
4041Darson HemmingsWMata leaoADCC66KGRD12013
4045Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 3x0ADCC66KG1/4F2013
4050Justin RaderJustin RaderWPointsADCC66KGSF2013
4052Rafael MendesRafael MendesWReferee DecisionADCC66KGF2013
4678Robson BarbosaWPointsWorld Champ.70KGRDS2014
4685Mario SilvaWN/AWorld Champ.70KGRDS2014
4689Italo LinsItalo LinsWArmbarWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2014
4694Isaque PaivaWPts: 24x2World Champ.70KGSF2014
6049Italo LinsItalo LinsWArmbarWorld Champ.70KG1/8F2015
6051Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 3x0World Champ.70KG1/4F2015
6457Tezekbaev RasulWMata leaoADCC66KGRD12015
6464Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 3x0ADCC66KG1/4F2015
6469Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWReferee DecisionADCC66KGSF2015
6471Bruno 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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