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My First Film: In The Fight Documentary Part 2 Released

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About erikcharles

As a Martial Artist: At age 12, I began training in the martial art of my childhood hero Bruce Lee. My Mom was broke so in order to pay for my lessons, I delivered newspapers around my neighborhood and sold gum at my school. (Martial Arts comes in handy when you’re hustling at school.) Now, I am one of only two Full Instructors in Bruce Lee’s Jun Fan/JKD under Sifu Kevin Seaman and an instructor in Muay Thai under both Kevin Seaman and Ajarn Surachai Sirisute. 24 years in and I’m still practicing and training. As a Teacher: I have experience in working with numerous organizations as a mentor for at risk youth and teach numerous classes and hundreds of students at all three of the CNY MMA locations. I also taught a Boxing and a Muay Thai class at Cornell University for many years. In addition, I was certified as a Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis counselor in 1998. I’m raising two kids and multiple grown ups. As a Fighter: I won my first National Full Contact Championship at age 15. I went on to win numerous awards and titles since that time including the prestigious 1999 New York State Golden Gloves Heavyweight Boxing Championship. In 2008, I was selected from thousands of fighters, from all over the world, to be a contestant on Season 7 of Spike’s hit TV show ‘The Ultimate Fighter’. Even had a knockout of mine in Atlantic City, NJ featured on Knockout Sportsworld on Spike TV in 2010. Pretty sick. As an Entrepreneur: I started with nothing and now I have something. I’ve busted my ass to get here. I’m never satisfied when it comes to business. It’s a blessing and curse. I create products, produce ideas, make payroll, help people be more, defend my territory, and lose my mind numerous times throughout the week. I eat PowerBars.

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