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Rubens Charles “Cobrinha”
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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:

  • IBJJF World Champion (2006/2007/2008/2009)
  • IBJJF World No Gi Champion (2007/2008/2011/2012)
  • ADCC Champion (2013/2015)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2007/2008/2009/2017)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2013)

Weight Division: Peso Pena (Featherweight) – 70kg /154lbs

Favourite technique: De La Riva Guard

Association/Team: Alliance

Merchandise: Cobrinha BJJ

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

104 WINS
    35 (34%)
    3 (3%)
    59 (57%)
    4 (4%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)


Choke from back
Bow and arrow
Toe hold
Cross choke
Brabo choke
Darce choke
Heel hook
Collar Choke
Inverted triangle
    11 (55%)
    2 (10%)
    2 (10%)
    4 (20%)
    1 (5%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back

Rubens Charles Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1621Marcelo BocãoLPointsADCC Trials66KG1/8F2007
1958Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSR22008
2104Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPointsWorld Pro.65KGF2009
2163Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2009
2208Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPointsADCC66KGF2009
2615Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x2Brasileiro70KGF2010
2644Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.70KGF2010
2841Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLReferee DecisionWorld Pro.74KGSF2011
2862Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSF2011
3061Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 4x2World Champ.70KGSF2011
3203Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPenADCC66KGF2011
3245James HarbisonJames HarbisonLReferee DecisionNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2011
3496Rafael MendesRafael MendesLArmbarPan American70KGF2012
3885Rafael MendesRafael MendesLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGF2012
4422Rafael MendesRafael MendesLReferee DecisionPan American70KGF2013
4516Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x0World Pro70KGF2013
4640Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGSF2013
5581Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 10x8World Champ.70KGF2014
7159Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 6x0World Champ.70KGF2015
9593Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 7x6World Champ.70KGSF2016
1253Felipe VidalWPts: 4x0World Cup70KGF2005
1391Ocimar SantosWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.70KGR12006
1392T. SatoWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR22006
1393Jonatas GurgelJonatas GurgelWChokeWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2006
1397Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWToe holdWorld Champ.70KGSF2006
1399Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaWPts: 8x0World Champ.70KGF2006
1584Peter HanWN/APan American70KGR12007
1586Wilson ReisWilson ReisWPts: 2x0Pan American70KG1/4F2007
1590Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPointsPan American70KGSF2007
1591Mario ReisMario ReisWPts: 2x0Pan American70KGF2007
1721Jason TaborWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR12007
1725Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2007
1726Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPointsWorld Champ.70KGSF2007
1728Mario ReisMario ReisWBow and arrowWorld Champ.70KGF2007
1785Renan BorgesWRNCWorld NoGi70KG1/4F2007
1786Magno GamaWDarce chokeWorld NoGi70KGSF2007
1787Shane RiceShane RiceWPointsWorld NoGi70KGF2007
1886Jose AugustoWDQWorld Champ.70KGR12008
1890Scott DeWittWBow and arrowWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2008
1891Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWCross chokeWorld Champ.70KGSF2008
1893Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWToe holdWorld Champ.70KGF2008
1967Karel PravecWTriangleNoGi Pan Am.70KGSF2008
1968Daniel AguiarWRNCNoGi Pan Am.70KGF2008
1969R. HallWRNCWorld Cup Pro70KGNA2008
1979Karl PravecWTriangleNoGi Worlds76KG1/4F2008
1981C. CardosoWRNCNoGi Worlds76KGSF2008
1983Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2008
2014Jonathan TorresWArmbarAll Star Pro72KGR22008
2017Bruno TostesWHeel hookAll Star Pro72KGSF2008
2019J. RaderWPts: 2x0All Star Pro72KGF2008
2049Michel MaiaWPointsCapital Challenge70KGSF2008
2051Rafael MendesRafael MendesWPointsCapital Challenge70KGF2008
2099Marcio LivioWArmbarWorld Pro.65KGR12009
2101Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesWChoke from backWorld Pro.65KG1/4F2009
2102Tiago FernandesWChoke from backWorld Pro.65KGSF2009
2118Renan BorgesWArmbarPan American70KG1/4F2009
2121Rafael MendesRafael MendesWDQPan American70KGSF2009
2122Mario ReisMario ReisWBow and arrowPan American70KGF2009
2154Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWChoke from backPan AmericanABS1/8F2009
2162Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
2198Hiroshi NakamuraWArmbarADCC66KGR12009
2203Joel TudorWRNCADCC66KG1/4F2009
2207Rany YahyaRany YahyaWKimuraADCC66KGSF2009
2294Wellington DiasWellington DiasWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2009
2296Rafael MendesRafael MendesWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGSF2009
2297Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGF2009
2501Gustavo CarpioWChoke from backPan American70KG1/4F2010
2503Renan BorgesWChoke from backPan American70KGSF2010
2504Marcelino FreitasMarcelino FreitasWPts: 3x0Pan American70KGF2010
2637Flavio MeierWArmbarWorld Champ.70KGR12010
2638Yukinori SasaYukinori SasaWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR22010
2639Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWOmoplataWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2010
2642Mario ReisMario ReisWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGSF2010
2858Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Pro.ABS1/4F2011
2940Itaro AndradeWChokeWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
2943UnknownWChokeWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
3030Ed RamosWPts: 3x0World Champ.70KG1/4F2011
3132David MarinakisWTriangleADCC66KGR12011
3170Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPointsADCC66KG1/4F2011
3188Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPts: 6x0ADCC66KGSF2011
3241Marco MaceraWPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR22011
3276Renan BorgesWRNCNo Gi Worlds70KGSF2011
3289Justin RaderJustin RaderWAdvNo Gi Worlds70KGF2011
3485Y. NakatsukaWCross ChokePan American70KG1/8F2012
3493David LemesDavid LemesWCollar ChokePan American70KG1/4F2012
3495Mike FowlerMike FowlerWBow and arrowPan American70KGSF2012
3865Mario YokoyamaMario YokoyamaWPointsWorld Champ.70KGR22012
3875Edson de OliveiraWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR32012
3881Eduardo da SilvaWPts: 6x2World Champ.70KG1/4F2012
3884Leonardo SaggioroWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGSF2012
4119M. BorgesWArmbarNoGi Worlds70KGSF2012
4120Justin RaderJustin RaderWAdvNoGi Worlds70KGF2012
4318Charles GasparWArmbarEuropean Open70KGR12013
4319Daisuke NakamuraDaisuke NakamuraWChoke from backEuropean Open70KG1/4F2013
4323Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWInverted triangleEuropean Open70KGSF2013
4324Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 2x0European Open70KGF2013
4410Jordan CollinsWOmoplataPan American70KGR12013
4418Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWChokePan American70KG1/4F2013
4420Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPointsPan American70KGSF2013
4532Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPointsWorld ProABSR12013
4635Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPointsWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2013
4831D. HemmingsWRNCADCC66KGR12013
4835Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 3x0ADCC66KG1/4F2013
4840Justin RaderJustin RaderWPointsADCC66KGSF2013
4842Rafael MendesRafael MendesWReferee DecisionADCC66KGF2013
5564Robson BarbosaWPointsWorld Champ.70KGRDS2014
5571Mario SilvaWN/AWorld Champ.70KGRDS2014
5575Italo LinsItalo LinsWArmbarWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2014
5580Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPts: 24x2World Champ.70KGSF2014
7153Italo LinsItalo LinsWArmbarWorld Champ.70KG1/8F2015
7155Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 3x0World Champ.70KG1/4F2015
7666Tezekbaev RasulWRNCADCC66KGR12015
7673Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 3x0ADCC66KG1/4F2015
7678Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWReferee DecisionADCC66KGSF2015
7680Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPts: 3x0ADCC66KGF2015
9584Sergio GonzalezWChokeWorld Champ.70KGR22016
9588Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPts: 7x0World Champ.70KG1/4F2016
11016Nelson TeixeiraWArmbarEuropean Open70KG1/8F2017
11022Alexandre VieiraWChoke from backEuropean Open70KG1/4F2017
11025Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWBow and arrowEuropean Open70KGSF2017
11026Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 5x0European Open70KGF2017
11551Brandon WalenskyWPointsPan American70KG1/8F2017
11556Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWChoke from backPan American70KG1/4F2017
11559Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 9x2Pan American70KGF2017

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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