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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 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
1347Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaLReferee DecisionZST GFT70KGSF2006
1637Marcelo BocãoLPointsADCC Trials66KG8F2007
1978Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSR22008
2133Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPointsWorld Pro.65KGF2009
2192Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2009
2237Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPointsADCC66KGF2009
2647Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x2Brasileiro70KGF2010
2676Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.70KGF2010
2908Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLReferee DecisionWorld Pro.74KGSF2011
2929Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSF2011
3133Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 4x2World Champ.70KGSF2011
3291Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPenADCC66KGF2011
3333James HarbisonJames HarbisonLReferee DecisionNo Gi WorldsABS4F2011
3587Rafael MendesRafael MendesLArmbarPan American70KGF2012
3985Rafael MendesRafael MendesLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGF2012
4550Rafael MendesRafael MendesLReferee DecisionPan American70KGF2013
4654Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x0World Pro70KGF2013
4780Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGSF2013
5768Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 10x8World Champ.70KGF2014
7425Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 6x0World Champ.70KGF2015
9956Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 7x6World Champ.70KGSF2016
1260Reinaldo RibeiroReinaldo RibeiroWPointsWorld Cup70KGSF2005
1261Felipe VidalWPts: 4x0World Cup70KGF2005
1345UnknownWArmbarZST GFT70KG4F2006
1406Ocimar SantosWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.70KGR12006
1407T. SatoWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR22006
1408Jonatas GurgelJonatas GurgelWChokeWorld Champ.70KG4F2006
1412Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWToe holdWorld Champ.70KGSF2006
1414Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaWPts: 8x0World Champ.70KGF2006
1600Peter HanWN/APan American70KGR12007
1602Wilson ReisWilson ReisWPts: 2x0Pan American70KG4F2007
1606Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPointsPan American70KGSF2007
1607Mario ReisMario ReisWPts: 2x0Pan American70KGF2007
1737Jason TaborWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR12007
1741Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG4F2007
1742Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPointsWorld Champ.70KGSF2007
1744Mario ReisMario ReisWBow and arrowWorld Champ.70KGF2007
1801Renan BorgesWRNCWorld NoGi70KG4F2007
1802Magno GamaWDarce chokeWorld NoGi70KGSF2007
1803Shane RiceShane RiceWPointsWorld NoGi70KGF2007
1906Jose AugustoWDQWorld Champ.70KGR12008
1910Scott DeWittWBow and arrowWorld Champ.70KG4F2008
1911Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWCross chokeWorld Champ.70KGSF2008
1913Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWToe holdWorld Champ.70KGF2008
1987Karel PravecWTriangleNoGi Pan Am.70KGSF2008
1988Daniel AguiarWRNCNoGi Pan Am.70KGF2008
1989R. HallWRNCWorld Cup Pro70KGNA2008
1999Karl PravecWTriangleNoGi Worlds76KG4F2008
2001C. CardosoWRNCNoGi Worlds76KGSF2008
2003Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds76KGF2008
2034Jonathan TorresWArmbarAll Star Pro72KGR22008
2037Bruno TostesWHeel hookAll Star Pro72KGSF2008
2039J. RaderWPts: 2x0All Star Pro72KGF2008
2069Michel MaiaWPointsCapital Challenge70KGSF2008
2071Rafael MendesRafael MendesWPointsCapital Challenge70KGF2008
2128Marcio LivioWArmbarWorld Pro.65KGR12009
2130Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesWChoke from backWorld Pro.65KG4F2009
2131Tiago FernandesWChoke from backWorld Pro.65KGSF2009
2147Renan BorgesWArmbarPan American70KG4F2009
2150Rafael MendesRafael MendesWDQPan American70KGSF2009
2151Mario ReisMario ReisWBow and arrowPan American70KGF2009
2183Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWChoke from backPan AmericanABS8F2009
2191Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2227Hiroshi NakamuraWArmbarADCC66KGR12009
2232Joel TudorWRNCADCC66KG4F2009
2236Rany YahyaRany YahyaWKimuraADCC66KGSF2009
2323Wellington DiasWellington DiasWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG4F2009
2325Rafael MendesRafael MendesWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGSF2009
2326Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGF2009
2532Gustavo CarpioWChoke from backPan American70KG4F2010
2534Renan BorgesWChoke from backPan American70KGSF2010
2535Marcelino FreitasMarcelino FreitasWPts: 3x0Pan American70KGF2010
2669Flavio MeierWArmbarWorld Champ.70KGR12010
2670Yukinori SasaYukinori SasaWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR22010
2671Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWOmoplataWorld Champ.70KG4F2010
2674Mario ReisMario ReisWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGSF2010
2925Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Pro.ABS4F2011
3011Itaro AndradeWChokeWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
3014UnknownWChokeWorld Champ.70KGRDS2011
3102Ed RamosWPts: 3x0World Champ.70KG4F2011
3220David MarinakisWTriangleADCC66KGR12011
3258Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPointsADCC66KG4F2011
3276Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPts: 6x0ADCC66KGSF2011
3329Marco MaceraWPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR22011
3364Renan BorgesWRNCNo Gi Worlds70KGSF2011
3377Justin RaderJustin RaderWAdvNo Gi Worlds70KGF2011
3576Y. NakatsukaWCross ChokePan American70KG8F2012
3584David LemesDavid LemesWCollar ChokePan American70KG4F2012
3586Mike 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
4435Charles GasparWArmbarEuropean Open70KGR12013
4436Daisuke NakamuraDaisuke NakamuraWChoke from backEuropean Open70KG4F2013
4440Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWInverted triangleEuropean Open70KGSF2013
4441Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 2x0European Open70KGF2013
4538Jordan CollinsWOmoplataPan American70KGR12013
4546Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWChokePan American70KG4F2013
4548Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPointsPan American70KGSF2013
4670Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPointsWorld ProABSR12013
4775Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPointsWorld Champ.70KG4F2013
4973D. HemmingsWRNCADCC66KGR12013
4977Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 3x0ADCC66KG4F2013
4982Justin RaderJustin RaderWPointsADCC66KGSF2013
4984Rafael MendesRafael MendesWReferee DecisionADCC66KGF2013
5751Robson BarbosaWPointsWorld Champ.70KGRDS2014
5758Mario SilvaWN/AWorld Champ.70KGRDS2014
5762Italo LinsItalo LinsWArmbarWorld Champ.70KG4F2014
5767Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPts: 24x2World Champ.70KGSF2014
7419Italo LinsItalo LinsWArmbarWorld Champ.70KG8F2015
7421Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 3x0World Champ.70KG4F2015
7951Tezekbaev RasulWRNCADCC66KGR12015
7958Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 3x0ADCC66KG4F2015
7963Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWReferee DecisionADCC66KGSF2015
7965Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPts: 3x0ADCC66KGF2015
9947Sergio GonzalezWChokeWorld Champ.70KGR22016
9951Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPts: 7x0World Champ.70KG4F2016
11545Nelson TeixeiraWArmbarEuropean Open70KG8F2017
11551Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWChoke from backEuropean Open70KG4F2017
11554Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWBow and arrowEuropean Open70KGSF2017
11555Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 5x0European Open70KGF2017
12129Brandon WalenskyBrandon WalenskyWPointsPan American70KG8F2017
12134Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWChoke from backPan American70KG4F2017
12137Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 9x2Pan American70KGF2017
12731Joao HumbertoWChoke from backBrasileiro70KGR12017
12736Rodrigo CardosoWChoke from backBrasileiro70KG4F2017
12737Kim TerraKim TerraWN/ABrasileiro70KGSF2017
12739Rafael MansurRafael MansurWPts: 4x2Brasileiro70KGF2017
13082Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWAdvWorld Champ.70KG8F2017
13090Gilson NunesGilson NunesWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KG4F2017
13094Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGSF2017
13095Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.70KGF2017
13901U. ZhakshylykWPts: 3x0ADCC66KGE12017
13909Kuba WitkowskiWArmbarADCC66KG4F2017
13913Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 0x0ADCC66KGSF2017
13916AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 3x0ADCC66KGF2017

Banner photograph taken by Ross Finlayson.

Rubens Charles Highlight

Rubens Charles vs Ryan Hall (no gi Tournament)

Rubens Charles Cobrinha, Sao Paulo State Championships

Craig Jones Brand New Instructional


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