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.
  • 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...
  • Rickson Gracie Awarded Red Belt

    On July 6, 2017  at the Rickson Gracie Experience Seminar in Las Vegas, NV at the Martial Arts Super Show, Rickson Gracie, third eldest son of Helio Gracie, was promoted to Red Belt by his eldest brother, Rorion Gracie. Of Grandmaster Helio’s nine sons, Rickson’s jiu-jitsu is regarded by...
  • Discipline Equals Freedom: Jocko Willink

    Years ago, the first time I headed down to Victory MMA in San Diego to interview Dean Lister, I remember Dean mentioning the name “Jocko” a couple of times. Not wanting to sound like a newb I’m pretty sure I nodded my...
  • Rhalan Gracie – Pushing Through

    Challenges are a part of life. Everyday we’re faced with challenges, some so small they might just feel like routine. But other times, challenges hit us so hard that we might question ourselves on how and if we’ll ever overcome them. Right...
  • Issue 53 March/April 2017

    The latest print issue of Jiu-Jitsu Magazine is GOOD! On the cover – Jocko Willink Our most disciplined issue ever! Jocko Willink shares his simple formula for success in an endeavor along with some techniques that might come in handy some day. Also in this issue: Spider Guard Mastery...
  • EZwin

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  • Hyperfly CEO Talks About Injury and CBD

    “I use CBD,” says Pascal Pakter, CEO and founder of the successful martial arts apparel company DO OR DIE Hyperfly. “And CBD has saved my life.” A former Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, Pakter injured two vertebrae while training, necessitating surgery that left him in a world of pain and with...
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