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 towards mixed martial arts (MMA). In MMA the “Macaco Gold Team” standout rapidly climbed up the ladder of success reaching the biggest fighting promotion in mixed martial arts, the 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”.
- CBJJE South American Champion (2008 purple belt)
- CBJJE World Champion (2007 blue belt, weight and absolute)
- Sao Paulo State Champion (2007 blue belt)
- CBJJE World Cup 2nd Place (2008 purple belt)
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. He was raised in poverty at the burg of Guaruja in the state of Sao Paulo. Having a deprived childhood led him to start work very early, helping his mother sell cheese salads from a trailer. It was through this line of work that he met and made friends with a few kids that trained jiu jitsu. When Charles was around 12 years old, he was invited by those same kids to come and train at a local academy and although the Oliveira family could not afford Charles’s tuition, Charles’s uncle, Paulo, knew the instructor and intervened on his behalf so Charles could be free to train without the fees.
Charles Oliveira started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Roger Coelho, the coach that awarded him all his belts until his brown. His first big win was as a white belt in 2003, winning the Sao Paulo State Championship in the Junior Division. He continued winning important competitions year by year, such as 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” on May, 2010.
Charles Oliveira competing in BJJ (Purple Belt)
Charles Oliveira at World Cup (Purple Belt)
Charles Oliveira vs Tiago Castro – World Jiu-Jitsu Cup 2008