Mike Velez

Mike Velez is the Editor and Publisher of Jiu-Jitsu Magazine. He has been training since 2009 and is a brown belt under Rafael Oliveira of Gracie Barra in Chino, CA. You can contact Mike at mikev@jiujitsumag.com.
  • REBEL YOGA; REBUILD WITH YOGA

    Anyone who’s seen clips of the movie Choke will remember that famous scene at the beach in Santa Monica with Rickson Gracie performing yoga-like poses and intense breathing. There’s been a natural bond between Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga that’s been recognized for years. Jason Rebel began practicing Yoga in New...
  • Should I Wash My Belt?

    It’s a question as old as time, should I or shouldn’t I wash my belt? Ancient jiu-jitsu lore has it that the black belt started out as a white belt, and with time and lots of training, the black signifies the years of practice as a symbol of the...
  • Olympic Grips and Takedowns with Travis Stevens

    Travis Stevens is an American born grappler who’s been involved in martial arts since he was just a kid. Travis’ mom wanted to put him into an after-school sport. Originally he thought he had checked the box for football, but by some act of the universe, the box for...
  • Living The Dream – Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu

    After Overcoming Many Obstacles on the Road to Beijing, ADCC Worlds 2013 Absolute Champion, Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu is Now Living the Dream We all have dreams, big and small, and they drive us to our greatest heights. Sometimes we hold the same dream close for a lifetime, other times...
  • $90K Up For Grabs Between 12 Grapplers!

      On October 20th three jiu-jitsu athletes will each be $30,000 richer thanks to Krista Whitley and the crew at Altitude Products. Their newest venture is a complete line of enhanced products for jiu-jitsu athletes, aptly named Black Belt CBD. To kick off the new launch something very special...
  • Cauliflower – Good For More Than Just Ears

    When you hear the term “superfood” thrown around, the first items that come to mind are maybe acai, almonds, avocados, quinoa, kale… the list goes on. One common vegetable you’ve probably been eating since your parents used to force it on you that does deserve to be on every...
  • None Shall Pass!

    JJM is always looking to bring you, our readers, the latest and greatest of all things jiu-jitsu and we know how everyone loves new and unique guards. Over the course of just over a year Yuri Simoes has conjured up a new, innovative version he calls the Body X-Guard....
  • “Invisible Jiu-Jitsu” Weight Distribution with Henry Akins

    The concept of invisible jiu-jitsu was taught to Henry over the years by Rickson Gracie. What Rickson coined as the term “Invisible Jiu-Jitsu” is actually based on two concepts, weight distribution being one and being in connection with your opponent the other, larger part. In interviews Rickson talks a...
  • Controlling and Finishing Your Opponent

    Playing the Trujitsu Game with Matt Baker MATT BAKER IS A LONG TIME FRIEND OF THE MAGAZINE. HE’S A SECOND-DEGREE BLACK BELT UNDER JEAN JACQUE MACHADO. Over the years, he’s been developing what he calls Trujitsu. According to Matt, it is a foundation of basic rules and concepts that...
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