Julian Vega - Elite-MMA Instructor
Birth place: Houston, Texas
Profession: Martial arts instructor
What classes do you teach: BJJ Adults: men’s and women’s, Kids BJJ, No-Gi BJJ, Thai Boxing for MMA, Adult MMA, Teen MMA, Personal Fitness, Conditioning, and Personal Self-Defense
What martial art(s) have trained in:
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu : 2008-Present
Number of years of training martial arts: I started training MMA/BJJ at Elite MMA Baytown in April of 2008.
When did you start teaching at Elite MMA? I started teaching about 6 months after i joined. One of the instructors couldn’t make it to the class and i was asked to help. After that i just started assisting in every kids class.
What is a memorable moment for you at Elite MMA? I was helping teach kids Brazilian Jiu-jitsu class and one of the kids was having a little trouble in class. So after class i took time and showed him a move he could use. The next day he comes in and uses the move that I showed him on every single student.
So after class the kid and the mother came, and the kid thanked me for showing him the move and I could see how happy he was about using what I showed him. The mother was so thankful that I took time just to help her son.
All I did was just show him a simple technique that works for me and to me it wasn’t something special it was me helping a student, and I felt very appreciated for sharing that knowledge with him.
In your own words why do you enjoy Elite MMA? I love Elite MMA, it’s such a great school, it’s a very friendly environment, everyone is there to help each other, we have amazing instructors, and amazing students. Elite MMA is my home away from home, even when I visit Westheimer I am welcomed with open arms. I love that feeling.
Do you have any martial arts accomplishments that you are proud of and why? I have won several tournaments in my BJJ career. I like to go compete and put it all out there for Elite, my coaches, my students, but mainly for myself. I was very proud when I received my blue belt and proud when I received my purple belt in BJJ. It shows the progress in my life and all the hard work that I have put into something I love.
Are there any professional accomplishments that you are proud of and why? Just being an instructor and sharing every little bit of knowledge with all the students
Any sports/activities that you participated in that you are proud of? Played a couple sports growing up but nothing I’m proud of… until now with BJJ.
What hobbies do you enjoy and why? I love to watch movies, it’s my get away from everything. And I love music I’m amused by the lyrics that people create there’s never two songs that are the same. I enjoy video games and playing the guitar, just seems like there is not enough time for it all.
Any memorable family moments that you would like to share? July 5th my parents had their 25th year anniversary and its so wonderful to see two people together for so long and still in love. And on October 11th 2009 I became a proud uncle. My brother had a daughter and it’s such a great feeling to have a new family member.
If you could walk us through a day or week in your life what would it consist of? I wake up every day wondering what’s going to be going on with the gym. I arrive at the gym and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.
Amazing instructors to answer every question I have, and amazing training partners who push me to my limit. When I’m training I get away from everything and just get to live life through martial arts.
After training I’m working the front desk assisting anyone who has any questions about the gym and sharing with them the wonders of Elite MMA and what it has brought to me.
In the afternoon I train more… it’s my passion I enjoy every single second of my life when I’m at elite. Then I go home, shower, and can’t wait till the next day to do it all over again!!