Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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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

95 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    32 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    53 (56%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)

53 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
25
13
#86e620
Armbar
15
8
#5AD3D1
RNC
15
8
#d1212a
Choke
9
5
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
8
4
#f58822
Triangle
6
3
#224aba
Omoplata
4
2
#ff9124
Toe hold
4
2
#bf1f6c
Cross choke
4
2
#22c9a5
Heel hook
2
1
#fad223
Kimura
2
1
#03861f
Collar Choke
2
1
#039a1f
Inverted triangle
2
1
#03b41f
Brabo choke
2
1
#03c61f
Darce choke
2
1
53
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
20 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    11 (55%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (10%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (20%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (5%)
  • 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
1595Marcelo BocãoLPointsADCC Trials66KG1/8F2007
1932Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSR22008
2075Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPointsWorld Pro.65KGF2009
2134Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2009
2175Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPointsADCC66KGF2009
2571Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x2Brasileiro70KGF2010
2600Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.70KGF2010
2800Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLReferee DecisionWorld Pro.74KGSF2011
2821Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSF2011
3020Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 4x2World Champ.70KGSF2011
3153Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPenADCC66KGF2011
3195James HarbisonJames HarbisonLReferee DecisionNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2011
3432Rafael MendesRafael MendesLArmbarPan American70KGF2012
3821Rafael MendesRafael MendesLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGF2012
4322Rafael MendesRafael MendesLReferee DecisionPan American70KGF2013
4413Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x0World Pro70KGF2013
4537Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGSF2013
5436Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 10x8World Champ.70KGF2014
6912Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 6x0World Champ.70KGF2015
9180Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 7x6World Champ.70KGSF2016
1228Felipe VidalWPts: 4x0World Cup70KGF2005
1366Ocimar SantosWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.70KGR12006
1367T. SatoWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR22006
1368Jonatas GurgelJonatas GurgelWChokeWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2006
1372Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWToe holdWorld Champ.70KGSF2006
1374Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaWPts: 8x0World Champ.70KGF2006
1558Peter HanWN/APan American70KGR12007
1560Wilson ReisWPts: 2x0Pan American70KG1/4F2007
1564Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPointsPan American70KGSF2007
1565Mario ReisMario ReisWPts: 2x0Pan American70KGF2007
1695Jason TaborWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR12007
1699Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2007
1700Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPointsWorld Champ.70KGSF2007
1702Mario ReisMario ReisWBow and arrowWorld Champ.70KGF2007
1759Renan BorgesWRNCWorld NoGi70KG1/4F2007
1760Magno GamaWDarce chokeWorld NoGi70KGSF2007
1761Shane RiceShane RiceWPointsWorld NoGi70KGF2007
1860Jose AugustoWDQWorld Champ.70KGR12008
1864Scott DeWittWBow and arrowWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2008
1865Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWCross chokeWorld Champ.70KGSF2008
1867Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWToe holdWorld Champ.70KGF2008
1941Karel PravecWTriangleNoGi Pan Am.70KGSF2008
1942Daniel AguiarWRNCNoGi Pan Am.70KGF2008
1943R. HallWRNCWorld Cup Pro70KGNA2008
1953Karl PravecWTriangleNoGi Worlds76KG1/4F2008
1955C. CardosoWRNCNoGi Worlds76KGSF2008
1957Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2008
1988Jonathan TorresWArmbarAll Star Pro72KGR22008
1991Bruno TostesWHeel hookAll Star Pro72KGSF2008
1993J. RaderWPts: 2x0All Star Pro72KGF2008
2023Michel MaiaWPointsCapital Challenge70KGSF2008
2025Rafael MendesRafael MendesWPointsCapital Challenge70KGF2008
2070Marcio LivioWArmbarWorld Pro.65KGR12009
2072Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesWChoke from backWorld Pro.65KG1/4F2009
2073Tiago FernandesWChoke from backWorld Pro.65KGSF2009
2089Renan BorgesWArmbarPan American70KG1/4F2009
2092Rafael MendesRafael MendesWDQPan American70KGSF2009
2093Mario ReisMario ReisWBow and arrowPan American70KGF2009
2125Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWChoke from backPan AmericanABS1/8F2009
2133Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
2165Hiroshi NakamuraWArmbarADCC66KGR12009
2170Joel TudorWRNCADCC66KG1/4F2009
2174Rany YahyaRany YahyaWKimuraADCC66KGSemi2009
2261Wellington DiasWellington DiasWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2009
2263Rafael MendesRafael MendesWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGSF2009
2264Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGF2009
2457Gustavo CarpioWChoke from backPan American70KG1/4F2010
2459Renan BorgesWChoke from backPan American70KGSF2010
2460Marcelino FreitasMarcelino FreitasWPts: 3x0Pan American70KGF2010
2593Flavio MeierWArmbarWorld Champ.70KGR12010
2594Yukinori SasaYukinori SasaWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR22010
2595Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWOmoplataWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2010
2598Mario ReisMario ReisWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGSF2010
2817Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Pro.ABS1/4F2011
2899Itaro AndradeWChokeWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
2902UnknownWChokeWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
2989Ed RamosWPts: 3x0World Champ.70KG1/4F2011
3082David MarinakisWTriangleADCC66KGR12011
3120Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPointsADCC66KG1/4F2011
3138Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPts: 6x0ADCC66KGSF2011
3191Marco MaceraWPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR22011
3226Renan BorgesWRNCNo Gi Worlds70KGSF2011
3239Justin RaderJustin RaderWAdvNo Gi Worlds70KGF2011
3421Y. NakatsukaWCross ChokePan American70KG1/8F2012
3429David LemesDavid LemesWCollar ChokePan American70KG1/4F2012
3431Mike FowlerMike FowlerWBow and arrowPan American70KGSF2012
3801Mario YokoyamaMario YokoyamaWPointsWorld Champ.70KGR22012
3811Edson de OliveiraWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR32012
3817Eduardo da SilvaWPts: 6x2World Champ.70KG1/4F2012
3820Leonardo SaggioroWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGSF2012
4055M. BorgesWArmbarNoGi Worlds70KGSF2012
4056Justin RaderJustin RaderWAdvNoGi Worlds70KGF2012
4224Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWInverted triangleEuropean Open70KGSF2013
4225Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 2x0European Open70KGF2013
4310Jordan CollinsWOmoplataPan American70KGR12013
4318Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWChokePan American70KG1/4F2013
4320Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPointsPan American70KGSF2013
4429Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPointsWorld ProABSR12013
4532Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPointsWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2013
4724D. HemmingsWRNCADCC66KGR12013
4728Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 3x0ADCC66KG1/4F2013
4733Justin RaderJustin RaderWPointsADCC66KGSF2013
4735Rafael MendesRafael MendesWReferee DecisionADCC66KGF2013
5419Robson BarbosaWPointsWorld Champ.70KGRDS2014
5426Mario SilvaWN/AWorld Champ.70KGRDS2014
5430Italo LinsItalo LinsWArmbarWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2014
5435Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPts: 24x2World Champ.70KGSF2014
6906Italo LinsItalo LinsWArmbarWorld Champ.70KG1/8F2015
6908Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 3x0World Champ.70KG1/4F2015
7395Tezekbaev RasulWRNCADCC66KGR12015
7402Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 3x0ADCC66KG1/4F2015
7407Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWReferee DecisionADCC66KGSF2015
7409Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPts: 3x0ADCC66KGF2015
9171Sergio GonzalezWChokeWorld Champ.70KGR22016
9175Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPts: 7x0World Champ.70KG1/4F2016

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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