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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 Fight Stats

1 by sub
16 by Points (48%)
1 by Advantages (3%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
13 by Submission (39%)
3 by Decision (9%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
1 by Armbar (8%)
1 by Bow and arrow (8%)
Bow and arrow
3 by Choke (23%)
3 by Choke from back (23%)
Choke from back
1 by Collar Choke (8%)
Collar Choke
1 by Cross Choke (8%)
Cross Choke
1 by Mata Leao (8%)
Mata Leao
1 by Omoplata (8%)
1 by Triangle (8%)
4 by Points (36.36%)
1 by Advantages (9%)
1 by Penalties (9%)
2 by Submission (18.18%)
3 by Decision (27.27%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
1 by Armbar (50%)
1 by Choke from back (50%)
Choke from back

Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
804Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x2BrasileiroU70kgFinal2010
813Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.U70kgFinal2010
870Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Pro.AbsoluteFinal2011
1049Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 4x2World Champ.U70Semi f.2011
1162Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPenADCCU66Final2011
1197James HarbisonJames HarbisonLRefree DecisionNo Gi WorldsAbsolute1/4 final2011
1327Rafael MendesRafael MendesLArmbarPan AmericanU70kgFinal2012
1605Rafael MendesRafael MendesLRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U70kgFinal2012
1871Rafael MendesRafael MendesLRefree DecisionPan AmericanU70kgFinal2013
2013Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x0World Champ.U70kgSemi Final2013
2370Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 10x8World Champ.U70kgFinal2014
491Felipe VidalWPts: 4x0Copa do MundoU70kgFinal2005
711Wellington DiasWellington DiasWChoke from backWorld Champ.U70kg1/4 final2009
713Rafael MendesRafael MendesWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U70kgSemi f.2009
714Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U70kgFinal2009
785Marcelino FreitasMarcelino FreitasWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanU70kgFinal2010
867Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Pro.Absolute1/4 final2011
927Itaro AndradeWChokeWorld Champ.U70kg2nd2011
930UnknownWChokeWorld Champ.U70kg3rd2011
1018Ed RamosWPts: 3x0World Champ.U701/4 Final2011
1091David MarinakisWTriangleADCCU66kg1st2011
1129Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPointsADCCU661/4 Finals2011
1147Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPts: 6x0ADCCU66Semi Finals2011
1193Marco MaceraWPointsNo Gi WorldsAbsolute2nd2011
1228Renan BorgesWMata LeaoNo Gi WorldsU70kgSemi f.2011
1240Justin RaderJustin RaderWAdvNo Gi WorldsU70kgFinal2011
1318Alfredo BarumWCross ChokePan AmericanU70kgRd 12012
1324David LemesDavid LemesWCollar ChokePan AmericanU70kg1/4 final2012
1326Mike FowlerMike FowlerWBow and arrowPan AmericanU70kgSemi f.2012
1585Mario YokoyamaMario YokoyamaWPointsWorld Champ.U70kgRd 22012
1595Edson de OliveiraWChoke from backWorld Champ.U70kgRd 32012
1601Eduardo da SilvaWPts: 6x2World Champ.U70kg1/4 final2012
1604Leonardo SaggioroWChoke from backWorld Champ.U70kgSemi f.2012
1805Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 2x0European OpenU70kgFinal2013
1859Jordan CollinsWOmoplataPan AmericanU70kgRd 12013
1867Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWChokePan AmericanU70kg1/4 final2013
1869Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPointsPan AmericanU70kgSemi f.2013
2008Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPointsWorld Champ.U70kg1/4 Final2013
2055Justin RaderJustin RaderWPointsADCCU66kgSemi final2013
2057Rafael MendesRafael MendesWRefree DecisionADCCU66kgFinal2013
2353Robson BarbosaWPointsWorld Champ.U70kgRounds2014
2360Mario SilvaWN/AWorld Champ.U70kgRounds2014
2364Italo LinsItalo LinsWArmbarWorld Champ.U70kg1/4 Final2014
2369Isaque 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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