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.
Jacob Sandoval started training jiujitsu at Paragon BJJ in Santa Barbara, California in March 2010. He fell in love with the sport quickly, training 2-3 times a day and competing every weekend. In 2011 I was promoted to blue belt by professor Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller, and it became apparent that my life work was meant to be in BJJ. In search of more challenging experiences and greater opportunity I moved to Los Angeles in March 2011 to train under multiple time world champion Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles. Jacob placed third at the Pan American tournament and won the World Championships in 2011 and was promoted to purple belt. As a purple belt Cobrinha added Jacob to the coaching staff at Cobrinha BJJ headquarters. It was here that Jacob learned he not only has a passion for being a jiu jitsu practitioner himself, but for teaching as well. When asked what he loves about teaching Jacob stated “I love seeing students enjoy jiujitsu for what it fulfills in their life. Some people come in for the workout, some people crave the competition scene…regardless of the reason I just enjoy seeing students get engulfed in the sport. I love teaching students the art of jiu jitsu and seeing how the jiu jitsu lifestyle and culture transcends into all aspects of life”. In October 2013 Jacob was promoted to brown belt by professor Cobrinha.
Kennedy Maciel is a blue belt under Cobrinha. He started training three years ago after moving to LA from his hometown of São Carlos, Brazil. He started competing regularly right after he started training and since then has collected an impressive amount of medals. In 2013 he was promoted to blue belt and has only continued his success in competition, taking gold in both PanAms and Worlds in 2014 as well as a number of tournaments in 2015 including the Jiu Jitsu World League and American Nationals. He helps with the kids classes and he teaches the M-W-F 9am classes.