Charles C. Roberts began martial arts in 1973 at the age of six years old. He studied Shoto Kan from 1973 to 1979 under Phil Koeppell, earning a Brown Belt there, and Tae Kwon Do at the Brownridge Karate School in 1981. After moving from Illinois to Minneapolis in 1993, he began training at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy under the tutelage of Khun Kru Greg Nelson. The structure at The Academy was very free flowing, where one could study one art after another with little boundaries. In the fall of 2000, Charles was offered the opportunity to teach the JKD Masters Program with Dave Durenberger, a mission that he gladly accepted. In February 2001, Coach Charles earned his Apprentice Instructorship in JKD and Filipino Martial Arts under Guru Dan Inosanto and in April 2003, he passed his beginning diploma test under Ajarn Chai Sirisute.