- Jan. 13, 2010 - TORONTO, Ontario --
Charles, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blackbelt Master and multiple world champion led clinics on January 9th and 10th at the City Adult Learning Centre Gymnasium, 1 Danforth Ave.
Sponsored by TAKEDOWN MMA, Cobrinha provided world class training to mixed martial arts students over the two-day period. Cobrinha is world renown for his specialty, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Saturday January 9th Cobrinha schooled more than ten students in several advanced moves "with Gi". Sunday, January 10th more than 15 attended the clinic and moves were demonstrated "without Gi". A Gi is the Jiu-Jitsu kimono worn during training and combat.
Overall approximately twenty moves were demonstrated. Cobrinha took students through each move, step-by-step, using an attendee as a simulated competitor. Students were paired according to height and weight, and then practiced the moves. Cobrinha mentored each pair as they practiced.
After both sessions, Cobrinha and individual students grappled in mock combat.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) or Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport, and a form of self-defense which focuses on grappling and ground fighting. With Rio de Janeiro having been awarded the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, it is expected that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will be a demonstration sport at those games.
About Rubens “Cobrinha”
Charles: Cobrinha is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is considered the best featherweight of the decade and to be among the best pound for pound Jiu-Jitsu competitors in the world. Cobrinha started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2000, received his black belt in 2005, and has since won every World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in which he has competed – a total of eight. He is known for his attacking style and in particular for his guard. The “Cobrinha Guard" was voted Best Guard of the Decade by fellow World Champions. Cobrinha is an instructor at Alliance Martial Arts, in Atlanta, Georgia, the headquarters of the reigning world team champions, Team Alliance.
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TAKEDOWN MMA is a local organization that provides world class training in wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts for all ages. TAKEDOWN MMA was established by Dave Mair and Jay Jordon as an opportunity for students to receive world class training in a sport that teaches self defense while at the same time increasing self-esteem. TAKEDOWN MMA provides weekly classes, a belt grading system, competitive opportunities, clinics by world renown coaches and practitioners, as well as long term development plans for those serious about the sport. Dave Mair, Olympic and National Team coach, is the head coach at TAKEDOWN MMA.