Charles Lake III
He have a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, first degree black belt in Muay Thai kickboxing, and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa of Soul Fighters. He is also a certified personal trainer. He is a striking instructor at Soul Fighters. He is a competitor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is also train and compete in Mixed Martial Arts with Glover Teixeira at Teixeira’s MMA.
Q&A Session Between Charles Lake III and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ? MMA?
Answer: Both sports consistently challenge you mentally and physically on and off the mat.
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: My instructors Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa and Glover Teixeira inspire me because they have overcome many obstacles in their lives yet they remain humble and respectful with admirable work ethics.
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: For this year, I hope to increase my IBJJF rank. In the next 3 years, I hope to win the IBJJF World Masters and compete in MMA again. In the next 5 years, I plan to better my knowledge and capabilities as a competitor, instructor, and martial artist and make myself more well-rounded on and off the mat.
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: I have been training BJJ for 6 years and striking for 20 years.
Question: How often do you train?
Answer: I train weightlifting and cardio 6 days a week, Jiu Jitsu 9 times a week, and MMA/striking 3-4 times a week.
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
Answer: I won gold in the 2016 IBJJF New York Open as a blue belt and in the 2017 IBJJF New York Open as purple belt.
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: My favorite submissions are the triangle and D’Arce.
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?
Answer: I think it takes passion and lots of hard work. You must learn to believe in yourself.
Question: What sort of gear do you usually keep in your gym bag before hitting the gym? Do you have different items for specific days?
Answer: Mostly I keep a GI, Spats, Rash Guard, Shin guards, mouthpiece, boxing gloves, MMA gloves, handwraps, a water bottle, and tape. This is all depending if I am training GI, NO-GI/MMA, striking, or if I am just going to the gym to lift weights.