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Charles “do Bronx” Oliveira

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Instructional by Alexandre Ribeiro

Charles Oliveira, commonly known as Charles “do Bronx”, is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Jorge Patino, who was one of the rising stars in the sport before making a career change to cage-fighting (MMA). In mixed martial arts, the former member of the “Macaco Gold Team” rapidly climbed up the ladder of success reaching the biggest fighting promotion in the sport, namely the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Charles Oliveira Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: n/a

Nickname: Charles started being called “do Bronx” when he moved to Macaco Gold Team. He lived in a Favela (slums) which is sometimes playfully nicknamed “Bronx” and the gym where he first started was also called Bronx, so some of the guys at the gyms started calling him “Charles do Bronx” which translates to “Charles of the Bronx”.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez > Jorge Patino > Charles Oliveira

Main Titles:

  • 1st Place CBJJE South American Champion (2008 purple belt)
  • 1st Place CBJJE World Champion (2007** blue belt)
  • 1st Place FPJJ Sao Paulo State Championship (2007 blue belt)
  • 2nd Place CBJJE World Cup (2008 purple belt)

* Absolute (open weight)
** Weight and absolute

Weight Division (BJJ): Leve (76kg-167lbs).

Team/Association: Macaco Gold Team.

Charles “do Bronx” Oliveira Biography

Charles Oliveira was born on the 17th of October 1989 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Raised in poverty in the neighborhood of Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Charle’s humble beginnings led him to become part of Brazil’s workforce very early, helping his mother sell cheese salads from a trailer as a child. It was through this line of work that he met and made friends with a few kids who trained jiu-jitsu. When Charles was around 12 years old, he was invited by those same children to come and train at a local grappling academy. Although Oliveira’s guardians could not afford Charles’s tuition, his uncle, Paulo, knew the instructor and intervened on his behalf so the young man could train without the fees.

Charles Oliveira started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Roger Coelho, the coach who awarded him all his belts until the brown rank. Do Bronx’s first big win was as a white belt in 2003 when he conquered his first Sao Paulo State Championship in the Junior Division. He continued winning important competitions year by year, such as the 3 stages of the Sao Paulo State Championships in 2004, the Copa Nação Jiu-Jitsu in 2005, and an amazing run in 2006 with 16 medals in important tournaments at both his weight class and the open weight division. This succession of good results in sport jiu-jitsu stayed alive until 2007 when Charles started pointing his career towards MMA. His first win was at an amateur MMA tournament in Brazil called the “Circuito de Vale Tudo Amador” which he won by armbar.

In 2008 he fought several fights obtaining belts in different events, solidifying his career as a mixed martial artist. Understanding that he had a bright future ahead of him, he decided to join the Macado Gold Team to further professionalize his game. with Jorge Patino (the coach at MGT) as his instructor and manager Charles conquered a spot in the UFC, arguably the biggest MMA organization in the world. It was Patino also who awarded Charles Oliveira his black belt, as stated by Oliveira himself to the website “Psicoticos Por Vale Tudo” in May 2010.


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