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228Jits
6/26/2013 11:15pm,
I came across a post on Sherdog that caught me off guard. Someone trying to start their own "kumite" in my home city. Basically, he is riding off of the Lloyd Irvin debacle and is trying to make a name for himself. I did a little more research into him to try to find out his credentials. I found out about his gym and gave a call. The person that answered the phone stated that the owner is a Judo BB as well as BJJ BB under Marcelo Garcia. I'm trying to find any validity to this!!

Jay Foster MMA
//www.mississippibjj.com (http://www.mississippibjj.com)
https://www.facebook.com/SaintsTailgate
http://forums.sherdog.com/forums/f12/kumite-competition-my-own-2490809/

http://youtu.be/Wwa2KX85RHY


http://youtu.be/Wwa2KX85RHY

228Jits
6/26/2013 11:18pm,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wwa2KX85RHY

OwlMatt
6/27/2013 8:33am,
This guy is hawking his books really hard, he claims to run an anti-bullying program but has no apparent qualifications for such a thing, he claims to have "secrets" that other instructors "don't want you to know", claims to teach karate (but he won't say what style) as part of an MMA program, and the site lists no martial arts credentials for this guy at all. I'd say those are all bad signs.

OwlMatt
6/27/2013 8:50am,
There's also no listed e-mail address where I can contact this club and ask questions. I'd love to get something in writing from this place about the instructor's credentials.

goshinbudoJJ
6/27/2013 8:58am,
Alan Belcher should be able to shed some light on this guy. Seems like they know each other.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152903029025287&set=vb.771460286&type=2&theater

OwlMatt
6/27/2013 9:17am,
Well, I just gave them my e-mail address. We'll see if they contact me. After I submitted it, though, I got directed to a page where I'm supposed to fill out a form to get the guy's FREE!! book. Not going to give them all that information, so I hope the e-mail address alone will get me a response and therefore an address where I can send some questions.

goshinbudoJJ
6/27/2013 9:25am,
Just talked to my boss, he trains with MG here in NYC and has been for the last 3 years. To his knowledge, there hasn't been anyone named Jay Foster training there.

228Jits
6/27/2013 10:00am,
Alan Belcher should be able to shed some light on this guy. Seems like they know each other.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152903029025287&set=vb.771460286&type=2&theater

He is local to us. I train at Alan's gym and live in the same town as this guy. I have lived in this area for 10 plus years and have never heard of this guy as a martial arts practitioner. After I brought this up at class, a few people started checking more into it and found a video of Foster basically talking negatively about one of our 10 y/o students at a Naga competition.

228Jits
6/27/2013 10:04am,
Just talked to my boss, he trains with MG here in NYC and has been for the last 3 years. To his knowledge, there hasn't been anyone named Jay Foster training there.

Thank you sir! Through his website he claims: "Iím on a MISSION. A MISSION to STOP BAD MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTORS."

I guess I'm just trying to do the same. :p

goshinbudoJJ
6/27/2013 10:12am,
Alan's gym looks AWESOME

A friend of mine from Team Combat has trained with Mikey "Triangles" back when he lived on long island. From what I hear, he's a sick martial artist.

We all got a nice chuckle out of the Alex Vamos "White Belt" video, classic!

228Jits
6/27/2013 12:59pm,
Alan's gym looks AWESOME

A friend of mine from Team Combat has trained with Mikey "Triangles" back when he lived on long island. From what I hear, he's a sick martial artist.

We all got a nice chuckle out of the Alex Vamos "White Belt" video, classic!

Alan's gym is awesome. Mikey is our lead BJJ instructor. It's cool how everyone seems to know everyone in one way or another in the BJJ world.

228Jits
6/27/2013 8:59pm,
Well, I just gave them my e-mail address. We'll see if they contact me.

Any response yet?

OwlMatt
6/27/2013 10:38pm,
Any response yet?

Nope.

BKR
6/28/2013 10:39am,
I know Jay Foster. He was a judo student of mine back in New Orleans at Tulane University in the late 80s early 90s. That was a long time ago, but I am sure this is the same guy, especially when on his website he describes himself as "5 foot nothing", because he is a really small guy.

I can't vouch for if he is a black belt in Judo or not. I wouldn't be surprised, as he was pretty dedicated and serious as a judoka. I think he emailed me a few years ago and may have mentioned he is a Judo BB now.

I don't think it would be fair for me to discuss his Judo skill level, as I knew him a long time ago. He did win some matches though, as I recall, at local and regional tournaments.

As for his BJJ or MMA training, I can't say. I checked his website, and it looks like a blatantly commercial endeavor (nothing wrong with that if the quality is there).

228Jits
6/29/2013 5:58pm,
Thanks for the response. I'm glad to know he has a little background in martial arts. It's too bad his employees find the need to claim he is a BB under the likes of Marcelo Garcia (and as more people have called it's changed to a Gracie, but they don't know which one). My biggest complaint is his blatant disrespect to child competitors and their instructors. He pushes being an anti-bully establishment and does it with the same breath, to adolescents none the less.

jitschix
7/01/2013 11:55pm,
I've been chatting briefly with Jay about writing a little something for his blog.

Here's the contact info he gave me:
Foster's Martial Arts
1511 Government Street
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Telephone: 228-875-KICK (5425)
Website: www.MississippiBjj.com

Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.Facebook.com\BjjFighting

Also, fwiw, he's an attorney. Does personal injury work. Since we have a friendly relationship, want me to suss him out some more? get more details on his background? Also, I know a BJJ blue or purple belt chick in Mississippi, I could maybe arrange some rolling...