All posts by Coach Foster

Hi, my name is James Foster and I'm a 2nd Degree Black Belt under Giva Santana and Lotus Club Jiu-Jitsu with over 16 years of training and experience. I am the owner and head instructor of Foster Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu located in Kent, Washington. I have over 25 years of martial arts experience and also hold the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt in a form of American Karate called Aam-Ka-Jutsu. It's my mission to help people better themselves and in turn better their lives through training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. If you are ever in the Seattle area please make sure to stop by to train or just to say hi!

Don’t move for the sake of moving, move with purpose!

A few days ago I posted a “meme” on Facebook which featured a picture of me coaching and text reading “Don’t move for the sake of moving, move with purpose, on the mat and in life!” The picture received 75 likes, 12 comments, and was shared 24 times which really blew me away!

One of the comments was by blue belt blogger Jiu Jiu. It gave me great insight into the mindset of someone who has transitioned from a beginner to intermediate stage in this game we call Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The comment in part was this: Continue reading

BJJ Metamorphosis?

Over this past weekend I was among the many who watched the inaugural Metamoris event in which several of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s superstars faced off in one on one “super fight” style matchups. The format was simple (on paper), all of the super fights consisted of a twenty minute round with the only means of winning being to submit your opponent.

As much as I’d like to give my thoughts and do a breakdown of all the matches, I feel the need to address the match which has drawn the most controversy. The match in question is that of Ryron Gracie vs Andre Galvao. Yep, I’m jumping on the bandwagon folks! Continue reading

Think fast, or don’t think at all?

Hello Friends,

Leading up to tournaments, usually the week of the competition, I gather all of my competitors together and have them work through their game plans with a partner. This is basically a simulated match in which they start standing, just as you would in a tournament. Your partner provides minimal resistance and allows you to walk through what you would do in any given position or situation in a match.

Before a tournament a while back I was having my students work on the drill described above, when shortly after the simulation started a question arose “Coach, how do I do this move?” to which I replied “If you’re having to think about how to do it, it will already be too late in a real match”. After my response I could sense a little confusion so I explained that you should only try moves that you know during a tournament, it’s not a time to try things that you don’t know or haven’t had much practice with in training or live rolling. Continue reading

Instructional Overload??

Hello Friends,

I wanted to take a moment to share some important training advice with you. You see, back when I started training in BJJ over 16 years ago there were no instructional DVD’s, Youtube, Online training sites, and hardly any books on the subject to learn from. Fast forward to present day and there are an overabundant amount of instructional resources at the hands of the modern day BJJ student. In my opinion this can be both good and bad for the beginner who is looking to improve, yet doesn’t really have that much direction. Continue reading