One of the most decorated competitors in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Rubens 'Cobrinha' Charles has officially signed up for the 2017 European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal.
Having officially started his training camp in the host city, Charles took to instagram to make the announcement.
The 8x World Champion hasn't competed at the IBJJF European Championships since he won the featherweight division in 2013 over fellow World Champion Augusto 'Tanquinho' Mendes.
After finishing third at the 2016 IBJJF World Championships and suffering a nasty cut during a quarter final matchup with Samir Chantre the 2x ADCC Champion is returning to a crowded featherweight division with a lot of young talent. Names like Brian Machecha, Isaque Paiva and Marcelo Garcia black belt Gianni Grippo all will look to contend with the Alliance black belt for gold in the under 70kg category.
Last year's gold medalist Marcio Andre will also be back to compete, but this time he has moved up to the Lightweight division.
2016 also saw Cobrinha's son, Kennedy Maciel win his first major championship at the European Championships. Now this year the father and son duo will look to continue their success.
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