The 2010 Pan broke a record in participants to sign up at the registration deadline this Friday with 2,801.
Just at black belt there are more than 300 competitors preparing for the biggest Jiu-Jitsu party around s at UC Irvine campus between the 8th and 11th of April.
Among the big standouts on the roster is Alliance’s Rubens Charles “Cobrinha”, who will be trying for an unprecedented fifth Pan-American title in the stacked featherweight division. Another unprecedented occurrence will be to black belt Gracie’s disputing the same weight division.
Sons of Rickson and Carlinhos, respectively, cousins Kron and Kayron Gracie have had a few training sessions together, and may now face each other should they advance down the rocky road of the middleweight division. It will mark the debut of Kayron, teacher at Gracie Barra American in California, with a black belt around his waist.