Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles
Gym Manager & Head Instructor
Rubens Charles Maciel, aka “Cobrinha” and sometimes referred to as Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles, is considered the best featherweight in the decade and to be among the best pound for pound jiu-jitsu competitors in the world. Cobrinha is a 1st degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Fernando “Terere” Augusto and a member of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu. Cobrinha has won a total of eight world championship titles in Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a black belt in the featherweight (or lightweight) category. He started training BJJ in 2000, received his black belt in 2005, and has since won nearly every World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in which he has competed – a total of eight. He is the 2013 ADCC champion. He is known for his attacking style of jiu-jitsu and, in particular, for his guard. His guard was voted the best Guard of the Decade by fellow World Champions in Gracie Magazine.
Fabbio Passos, aka “Monstrinho,” is a 1st degree Black Belt under Fabio Gurgel. He is an active competitor for the Alliance Jiu-Jitsu team, placing in over 50 internationally known competitions and winning Gold in over half of them. A few years after beginning his journey in Jiu-Jitsu, Passos started a social project in San Paulo, Brazil called “Meninos do Morumbi” (Morumbi Boys) where he instructed over 200 under-privileged children from the ages of 8-18yrs. Aside from instructing the adults, he is also the Cobrinha Bully-Proof Program’s lead professor, continuing to teach Jiu-Jitsu to kids as young as 4 yrs. old.
David de Souza has been training jiu-jitsu for over 9 1/2years. His interest was first peeked when he watched Royce Gracie win the first 3 UFC titles. Shortly after, David looked for a jiu-jitsu school in his area where he received his blue belt from Royce Gracie himself. The sport easily captured him, and what once began as a hobby, turned into something much greater as he seeked out top instruction from as many professionals as possible. As a competitor David holds titles in various NAGA events, gracie national, florida grappling leagues, and under his first year with Cobrinha, he took 3rd in the Pan Jiu-jitsu tournament. David loves teaching the sport and the camaraderie in which it brings. His instruction depicts excellent details as well as a deep knowledge of the game.