CATEGORYBJJ, BJJ Coach, Black Belt, Boulder
Professor Foster Bailey was born in Louisiana and grew up in Fort Collins. He attended CU Boulder, where he studied history and competed in mogul races on the freestyle ski team. After graduation, he coached the team for five years. He found that coaching mogul skiing was a great prelude to coaching Jiu Jitsu because it’s similarly technical and dynamic. Foster now lives in Boulder with his wife Megan and two wild boys, Tyler and Jason, both of whom train BJJ at Easton. When he’s not on the mat, he likes to spend his time fly fishing, riding dirt bikes, and hanging out with his family.
Foster first got into Jiu Jitsu when his knees started to get a little tired of supporting an oversized bump skier. After several knee surgeries, he knew he needed to find a new physical outlet. He had wrestled in junior high, and had always had an interest in grappling. After a false start or two – he was still skiing all winter – he got settled into a pretty consistent routine. Before long, Jiu Jitsu was his main focus. Foster claims that he’s never been a great athlete or a very fast learner, but says that his stubbornness has been instrumental in his success.
He started teaching because he enjoys the challenge of taking something that can be confusing and intimidating to learn, and turning it into something simple and easily understood. Foster is a firm believer that in Jiu Jitsu, skiing, and most other things, though there are often many things going on at once, there is one thing that is more important than all the rest. When that one thing can be identified, separated and simplified, the puzzle begins to take shape. He tries to make sure that everyone in his classes leaves with a strong understanding of what they learned and why they learned it. His goal is for his students to realize that there isn’t anything in Jiu Jitsu that they can’t learn and put to use.
His future goals as they relate to Jiu Jitsu are to teach, and to continue to learn and improve. Foster believes that teaching something is always the best way to learn it. He plans to compete at most of the big tournaments each year. Having a goal to work towards makes it easier to train with good discipline and focus, so having an event every few months motivates him to work hard. In competition, his goal is to have fun and find the holes in his game. If he can help some of his opponents find the holes in their games, that will be fun too. In over ten years on the mat, the most important thing Foster has learned is that everything is Jiu Jitsu and almost all problems can be solved, swept or submitted.