My name is Justin Colburn, I was born in Red Hook, New York and I am 35 years old. I am committed to my beautiful wife, Bridget, who has been my rock through thick and thin. I love spending time her when she is not working as the lead Ultrasound Tech at Denver Health and with our 3 dogs, Kona, Jazzy and Crush, whenever I am not teaching or training myself. I am a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a Professional MMA fighter and the current Sparta Combat League Heavyweight Champion.
I have over 20 years of experience in various athletics, Martial arts and combat sports. I have trained extensively with some of the best coaches, athletes and fighters in the world. I was a standout athlete in High School earning All-Conference in 3 different sports and receiving the Athlete of the Year award as a senior. Straight out of High School I earned a full ride scholarship to play Division 1 college football at The University of New Mexico and graduated from college with honors receiving my bachelors degree in University Studies in 2004.
Head Instructor's Biography
My athletic and academic achievements are many, but none of my successes are more important than what I have learned from my failures. The lessons learned from my mistakes are worth far more than a room full of trophies and awards. And recognizing my mistakes, taking full accountability for my actions and paying the consequences for those actions, has allowed me to grow as a person. I believe those experiences will help me relate to others who are struggling with similar situations and will ultimately make me a more effective teacher.
I believe understanding other people’s perspectives, being able to relate to their struggle and open-honesty, are key to building healthy teacher-student relationships.
Over the course of time we will hopefully get to know each other much better. If you decide to become a part of The Foundation and are accepted into the program, I will consider you part of my family. So now that you know a little bit about me, I will give you a brief description of The Ranking System and Hierarchy at The Foundation Training Center.
I had to learn how to defend myself and survive difficult environments at a very young age and my own pain and mistakes are what gives me the passion to want to help others. I was taught early in life that there was no God, and subconsciously I held onto the mentality that life was simply a fight to survive. My highs were high and my lows very low. There was a time in my life when I had lost all hope and believed that the best of my life was over. Losing hope is a horrible feeling and can be extremely dangerous. It can lead to a downward spiral of self-destructive behavior. Visions in a near death experience and coma at 30 years old, ironically is what helped me wake up.
I am a survivor physical and mental abuse. I am a survivor of addiction. I am a survivor of some of the worst environments and people that the world has to offer. But I would not change a thing even if I could. I hold no grudges or anger because I can look back and see my pain and struggle as what made me who I am right now. Life’s greatest teacher is experience. No book or instructor can explain or teach a lesson better than firsthand experience. Experience is a brutal teacher but you often learn fast and the lessons stick. And I believe that the traumatic experiences in my own life can serve a purpose to help others avoid or survive similar situations in their lives.
I've always enjoyed competition to test myself, but my true passion is in teaching. I love helping others reach their maximum potential through physical fitness, nutrition, self defense and hard work. I believe that most people just need a little motivation, direction and faith and the sky is the limit! The human spirit is powerful and seeing people excel past their wildest imaginations fills my heart with joy!
So teaching and opening up a school has been a dream of mine. And like a prayer answered, minutes before my first professional fight, I was presented with an opportunity by my one of my coaches and friends to take over a struggling Jiu-Jitsu school and implement a system I was developing for this reason. Only it was originally designed for a Non-Profit Organization to help troubled and neglected youth, battered women, recovering addicts and veterans who suffer from PTSD.
Some of my programs needed to be adjusted and altered to fit a business model, but my ultimate goal at The Foundation Training Center is to help others who are struggling with bullying, abuse, neglect, addiction, the feeling of hopelessness or those simply lacking self-confidence. I believe my greatest value to offer others is my experience. Not just my education, athletic achievements or Martial Arts background, but also my personal life struggles and tough upbringing which made me who I am today.