Introducing Charis Furgat. Charis graduated early from high school, loves her family and has a goal of one day competing in the UFC. She visited us the last 2 years at the Fit Expo in Chicago and has balanced school, training and more with artful grace. Get to know this exceptional young Fight Chix!
How long have you been training in martial arts?
Well I started off as a wrestler 6 years ago and roughly 1 and a half years ago, I made the transition into mma. My brother always used to watch mma on tv and I just thought to myself “I want to do that someday.”
How has martial arts built your self esteem and helped you in life?
Martial arts his help me to be confident and be myself. It’s taught me what hard work and dedication is and in order to be successful, you must put in time and effort.
Who do you look up to?
I look up to my mother mainly because she is a hard-working and independent individual who helps others but is strong-willed and shows supports me like no other. I also look up to Joanna Jedrzejczyk because she’s an undefeated Polish champion who works hard and backs up whatever she says.
Currently a senior in high school, but since I’m an early graduate, I’ll be graduating in December of 2016 and in January I plan on continuing with college. I train two to three times out of the week for mma at the gym but practice on my own at home. I lift weights around 4 days out of the week. Lastly, I work at a restaurant 4-5 days out of the week as a phone girl. When I’m not at school, work, or training, I try to be home to just relax and every once in a while hang out with some friends.