Jelani was born in Jamaica, Queens, which is fitting because his family is from Jamaica, the country. A track and field sprinter and lifelong athlete, Jelani’s got speed in his blood (mom and dad were runners, and his bro was a D1 sprinter).
After running track at Temple University and graduating with a degree in kinesiology, Jelani has continued to (literally) run it. He’s currently in training to compete professionally for Jamaica, with his eyes (and feet) focused on the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. As part of his running conditioning — alongside deadlifting 400+ pounds — Jelani discovered boxing and martial arts as a means to speed. With his strong background in sports science and world-class training experience, Jelani brings both knowledge and firepower to the podium.