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Rubens Charles “Cobrinha”

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Back Takes Instructional by Michael Musumeci

Rubens Charles, also known as “Cobrinha” is a historical figure in the sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, being an International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World Champion as well as a 3x Abu Dhabi Combat Club (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 joining the Alliance Team. Commonly known for his aggressive style on the mats, Rubens Charles is also an accomplished instructor with a long career developing competitors 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:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2006/2007/2008/2009/2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2007/2008/2011/2012)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2007/2008/2009/2017)
  • 1st Place ADCC World Championship (2013/2015/2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2013/2017)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2017)

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs)

Favorite technique: De La Riva Guard

Association/Team: Alliance

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 practiced 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 mats.

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 the strength to challenge the best in no gi (Submission Wrestling) winning 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.

Cobrinha BJJ Instructional

Rubens Charles Grappling Record

118 WINS
    41 (35%)
    5 (4%)
    63 (53%)
    6 (5%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)


Choke from back
Bow and arrow
Toe hold
Cross choke
Darce choke
Heel hook
Collar Choke
Inverted triangle
Brabo choke
    11 (52%)
    2 (10%)
    2 (10%)
    5 (24%)
    1 (5%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back

Rubens Charles Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1346Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaLReferee DecisionZST GFT70KGSF2006
1636Marcelo BocãoLPointsADCC Trials66KG8F2007
1977Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSR22008
2132Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPointsWorld Pro.65KGF2009
2191Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2009
2236Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPointsADCC66KGF2009
2646Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x2Brasileiro70KGF2010
2675Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.70KGF2010
2907Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLReferee DecisionWorld Pro.74KGSF2011
2928Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSF2011
3132Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 4x2World Champ.70KGSF2011
3290Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPenADCC66KGF2011
3332James HarbisonJames HarbisonLReferee DecisionNo Gi WorldsABS4F2011
3586Rafael MendesRafael MendesLArmbarPan American70KGF2012
3985Rafael MendesRafael MendesLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGF2012
4545Rafael MendesRafael MendesLReferee DecisionPan American70KGF2013
4649Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x0World Pro70KGF2013
4775Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGSF2013
5749Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 10x8World Champ.70KGF2014
7400Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 6x0World Champ.70KGF2015
9913Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 7x6World Champ.70KGSF2016
1259Reinaldo RibeiroReinaldo RibeiroWPointsWorld Cup70KGSF2005
1260Felipe VidalWPts: 4x0World Cup70KGF2005
1344UnknownWArmbarZST GFT70KG4F2006
1405Ocimar SantosWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.70KGR12006
1406T. SatoWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR22006
1407Jonatas GurgelJonatas GurgelWChokeWorld Champ.70KG4F2006
1411Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWToe holdWorld Champ.70KGSF2006
1413Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaWPts: 8x0World Champ.70KGF2006
1599Peter HanWN/APan American70KGR12007
1601Wilson ReisWilson ReisWPts: 2x0Pan American70KG4F2007
1605Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPointsPan American70KGSF2007
1606Mario ReisMario ReisWPts: 2x0Pan American70KGF2007
1736Jason TaborWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR12007
1740Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG4F2007
1741Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPointsWorld Champ.70KGSF2007
1743Mario ReisMario ReisWBow and arrowWorld Champ.70KGF2007
1800Renan BorgesWRNCWorld NoGi70KG4F2007
1801Magno GamaWDarce chokeWorld NoGi70KGSF2007
1802Shane RiceShane RiceWPointsWorld NoGi70KGF2007
1905Jose AugustoWDQWorld Champ.70KGR12008
1909Scott DeWittWBow and arrowWorld Champ.70KG4F2008
1910Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWCross chokeWorld Champ.70KGSF2008
1912Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWToe holdWorld Champ.70KGF2008
1986Karel PravecWTriangleNoGi Pan Am.70KGSF2008
1987Daniel AguiarWRNCNoGi Pan Am.70KGF2008
1988R. HallWRNCWorld Cup Pro70KGNA2008
1998Karl PravecWTriangleNoGi Worlds76KG4F2008
2000C. CardosoWRNCNoGi Worlds76KGSF2008
2002Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2008
2033Jonathan TorresWArmbarAll Star Pro72KGR22008
2036Bruno TostesWHeel hookAll Star Pro72KGSF2008
2038J. RaderWPts: 2x0All Star Pro72KGF2008
2068Michel MaiaWPointsCapital Challenge70KGSF2008
2070Rafael MendesRafael MendesWPointsCapital Challenge70KGF2008
2127Marcio LivioWArmbarWorld Pro.65KGR12009
2129Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesWChoke from backWorld Pro.65KG4F2009
2130Tiago FernandesWChoke from backWorld Pro.65KGSF2009
2146Renan BorgesWArmbarPan American70KG4F2009
2149Rafael MendesRafael MendesWDQPan American70KGSF2009
2150Mario ReisMario ReisWBow and arrowPan American70KGF2009
2182Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWChoke from backPan AmericanABS8F2009
2190Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2226Hiroshi NakamuraWArmbarADCC66KGR12009
2231Joel TudorWRNCADCC66KG4F2009
2235Rany YahyaRany YahyaWKimuraADCC66KGSF2009
2322Wellington DiasWellington DiasWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG4F2009
2324Rafael MendesRafael MendesWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGSF2009
2325Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGF2009
2531Gustavo CarpioWChoke from backPan American70KG4F2010
2533Renan BorgesWChoke from backPan American70KGSF2010
2534Marcelino FreitasMarcelino FreitasWPts: 3x0Pan American70KGF2010
2668Flavio MeierWArmbarWorld Champ.70KGR12010
2669Yukinori SasaYukinori SasaWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR22010
2670Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWOmoplataWorld Champ.70KG4F2010
2673Mario ReisMario ReisWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGSF2010
2924Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Pro.ABS4F2011
3010Itaro AndradeWChokeWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
3013UnknownWChokeWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
3101Ed RamosWPts: 3x0World Champ.70KG4F2011
3219David MarinakisWTriangleADCC66KGR12011
3257Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPointsADCC66KG4F2011
3275Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPts: 6x0ADCC66KGSF2011
3328Marco MaceraWPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR22011
3363Renan BorgesWRNCNo Gi Worlds70KGSF2011
3376Justin RaderJustin RaderWAdvNo Gi Worlds70KGF2011
3575Y. NakatsukaWCross ChokePan American70KG8F2012
3583David LemesDavid LemesWCollar ChokePan American70KG4F2012
3585Mike FowlerMike FowlerWBow and arrowPan American70KGSF2012
3965Mario YokoyamaMario YokoyamaWPointsWorld Champ.70KGR22012
3975Edson de OliveiraWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR32012
3981Eduardo da SilvaWPts: 6x2World Champ.70KG4F2012
3984Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGSF2012
4218M. BorgesWArmbarNoGi Worlds70KGSF2012
4219Justin RaderJustin RaderWAdvNoGi Worlds70KGF2012
4433Charles GasparWArmbarEuropean Open70KGR12013
4434Daisuke NakamuraDaisuke NakamuraWChoke from backEuropean Open70KG4F2013
4438Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWInverted triangleEuropean Open70KGSF2013
4439Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 2x0European Open70KGF2013
4533Jordan CollinsWOmoplataPan American70KGR12013
4541Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWChokePan American70KG4F2013
4543Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPointsPan American70KGSF2013
4665Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPointsWorld ProABSR12013
4770Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPointsWorld Champ.70KG4F2013
4966D. HemmingsWRNCADCC66KGR12013
4970Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 3x0ADCC66KG4F2013
4975Justin RaderJustin RaderWPointsADCC66KGSF2013
4977Rafael MendesRafael MendesWReferee DecisionADCC66KGF2013
5732Robson BarbosaWPointsWorld Champ.70KGRDS2014
5739Mario SilvaWN/AWorld Champ.70KGRDS2014
5743Italo LinsItalo LinsWArmbarWorld Champ.70KG4F2014
5748Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPts: 24x2World Champ.70KGSF2014
7394Italo LinsItalo LinsWArmbarWorld Champ.70KG8F2015
7396Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 3x0World Champ.70KG4F2015
7926Tezekbaev RasulWRNCADCC66KGR12015
7933Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 3x0ADCC66KG4F2015
7938Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWReferee DecisionADCC66KGSF2015
7940Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPts: 3x0ADCC66KGF2015
9904Sergio GonzalezWChokeWorld Champ.70KGR22016
9908Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPts: 7x0World Champ.70KG4F2016
11477Nelson TeixeiraWArmbarEuropean Open70KG8F2017
11483Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWChoke from backEuropean Open70KG4F2017
11486Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWBow and arrowEuropean Open70KGSF2017
11487Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 5x0European Open70KGF2017
12049Brandon WalenskyBrandon WalenskyWPointsPan American70KG8F2017
12054Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWChoke from backPan American70KG4F2017
12057Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 9x2Pan American70KGF2017
12648Joao HumbertoWChoke from backBrasileiro70KGR12017
12653Rodrigo CardosoWChoke from backBrasileiro70KG4F2017
12654Kim TerraKim TerraWN/ABrasileiro70KGSF2017
12656Rafael MansurRafael MansurWPts: 4x2Brasileiro70KGF2017
12996Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWAdvWorld Champ.70KG8F2017
13004Gilson NunesGilson NunesWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KG4F2017
13008Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGSF2017
13009Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.70KGF2017
13807U. ZhakshylykWPts: 3x0ADCC66KGE12017
13815Kuba WitkowskiWArmbarADCC66KG4F2017
13819Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 0x0ADCC66KGSF2017
13822AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 3x0ADCC66KGF2017

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

5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles


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