Exclusive: Alchemist Prospect Charles Rosa Overcomes Loss to Become a Champion: Part Two

January 22, 2013 6:50 am by Bryan Levick


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To read part one of our interview with Charles Rosa and Charles “ChainSaw” McCarthy click here:

McCarthy took a special interest in Rosa not only because he recognized how talented he was, but also because he noticed how hard Rosa was willing to work to get what he wanted, in and out of the cage. Rosa knows the best way to thank McCarthy for all of his help is to continue to grow as a person and as a fighter. The doors McCarthy have opened up for Rosa has allowed him to maximize his potential and continue on his path to becoming a champion.

“Besides helping me straighten out my life, McCarthy has set me up with the best possible training in the entire world,” Rosa explained. “I always thought if you trained really hard you would get really good and become a world champion. The truth is no matter how much talent and physical gifts you have you can’t become a champion without the right people surrounding you. Chainsaw told me if I want to be the best in the world I had to train with the best and be open to learning new things. You have to continue to grow, from the minute I walked in the door I was sparring with world champions.

Chainsaw in my opinion is the best BJJ coach in the world, he’s incredible as far as grappling and there may be some BJJ guys who are champions, but as far as teaching not everyone has it. Not everyone who is really good at something can be a good teacher, but he has that gift. I have the best team in the world at ATT and all of this stuff has helped me grow as a fighter. I feel like I have a real bright future and I give a lot of the credit to Chainsaw. He was the first person who gave me the confidence that I could do this and there’s no way I can thank him.”

Guys walk into gyms around the world each and every day looking to become the next great fighter. Many of them are very talented but lack the proper work ethic or the necessary drive that will allow them to maximize their full potential. Then there are guys who have it all and it’s those guys that stick out head and shoulders above the rest. McCarthy had a pretty good idea that Rosa had the potential, the skill and the determination to be something special.

“His first week I knew it, he had something you could pick up on right away,” McCarthy explained. “You can tell if someone is capable of becoming a pro fighter during their first week of training, but I knew he was special the first week. He came in with no training what so ever and tapped out every blue belt in my class. He was tapping everyone out with the same school yard choke during his first day of class. The very next day I taught an entire class on how to beat Charles Rosa. I made guys train for it and he still did the same thing to them. With my guys I try to find what their attributes are, what their skill sets are naturally. I look to see what they lean towards, is it grappling, endurance, striking or strength? I try to really overdevelop those areas while also nurturing the areas that they really don’t like to work. It forces guys to work on things they really don’t enjoy that much.

With Charles, his real natural aptitude is his tenacity and his cardio so we overdevelop those areas. If you watch Charles fight he competes with ferocity a lot like Ben Henderson, Joe Lauzon or Jim Miller, he comes out you non-stop. He also fights a very technical game because he’s been training with all of these world champions since his first week. Our whole team has put in countless hours so we can develop something that we first saw years ago, to make all of this come to fruition it takes a lot of hands and a lot of effort. More than anything it takes the hard work and dedication of a kid like Charles Rosa. In the prime of his life when everyone is out partying and having a good time he put all of that aside so he could pursue greatness.”

Rosa’s family has had to deal with more loss than any one family can ever imagine. Instead of burying that pain they use it to help others and have created an organization designed to help educate people about the dangers of substance abuse.

Chucky’s Fight is a charity that my father started to help raise awareness of substance abuse,” Rosa said. “He goes around to schools teaching kids and adults about substance abuse. That’s the important thing, identifying the problem before it happens. Educating kids and even adults is very important. He lives up on the beach in New Hampshire now and every morning he jumps into the water (My brothers ashes were spread in the ocean) Some days there is literally a blizzard outside and he has to walk through two feet of snow in his bare feet, my poor mother is holding the camera all bundled up! He records it every day and he gets different corporations to come and jump in the ocean with him. They will collect as much as they can and that money goes toward educating children or helping kids get into treatment who normally wouldn’t have the money to do so. My dad has helped get a couple of bills signed through congress to help stop prescription pills from getting out on to the streets. He really has played a huge role and it keeps growing and growing.”

This past Saturday night Rosa improved his professional MMA record to 2-0 with a TKO victory over Jayson Jones at 3:52 of round one. For more information on Rosa you can follow him on Twitter @CharlesRosa MMA and Facebook. For more information on Alchemist you can visit their website, www.alchemistmgmt.com and for McCarthy you can follow him on Twitter @BoyntonMMA and www.boyntonmma.com

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