Charles started training in
Jiu-Jitsu at age 5. He was instructed by his uncles Rolls, Carlos
Jr. and Reylson Gracie. He received his blackbelt at 20. In 1986
he relocated to Salvador Bahia to promote and teach the Gracie style
of Jiu-Jitsu. He established the Bahia Jiu-Jitsu Federation in 1993,
of which he is currently president. Since 1986 he has trained 5
students who have attained their blackbelts and have gone on to
establish their own academies. Charles was promoted to 5th degree
blackbelt in May 1999.
Charles won the first "Extremo Combate" (Extreme Combat)
vale tudo contest in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil on July 7, 1997. In front of an
audience of 6000 people, he defeated a kickboxer weighing 220 lbs in the finals, by
knockout in 2:30 (m:s).
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