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.
  • 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...
  • $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...
  • BJ Penn: The Prodigy on Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, and Life

    If you’ve followed MMA or the UFC in the last few decades then you definitely have heard the name BJ Penn. BJ Penn became a household name to combat sports fans through this meteoric career in the UFC. But before that, BJ became “The Prodigy” through jiu-jitsu and his...
  • The Lapel Choke with Keith Owen Never Look at a Lapel the Same Again!

    Keith Owen is the first to admit that his jiu-jitsu is best known for self-defense. A Pedro Sauer Black Belt, Owen’s style and instructional focus stays true to the Helio Gracie lineage that defines the training philosophy of the Pedro Sauer Association. Like most of Sauer’s black belts, however,...
  • CoQ10 (Ubiquinol)

    If you pay any attention to supplement marketing and you’ve heard the name “CoQ10” thrown around, it’s probably been associated with ageing. Not very often do you hear about it being marketed towards athletes. But Coenzyme Q10 is produced by our bodies and helps our cell’s mitochondria during intense...