Travis Stevens happened upon judo almost by accident when he was a young boy around the age of 7. He has said in interviews that he had signed up at a local youth center for sport and he accidentally checked the judo box. After just one class, he was hooked on the sport and martial art of judo.
Travis would eventually come under the tutelage of four time Olympic team member Jimmy Pedro. It is Jimmy Pedro who Travis would credit with guiding his career both on the mats and off. Travis is well known for his incredible work ethic. Jiu Jitsu teammate and training partner Garry Tonon has described Travis Stevens as one of the only athletes in grappling who trains more than him, as someone who’s known for training up to 8 hours per day on most days.
Travis was introduced by BJJ black belt and judoka Dave Camarillo to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, initially as a means of cross training and getting extra workouts in. Travis quickly excelled and found himself at Renzo Gracie’s Academy with the blessing of his coach Jimmy Pedro, during a period when he was rehabilitating from an injury he had suffered related to judo. He found himself into classes taught by John Danaher, the mastermind behind the high level grappling careers of people like Gordon Ryan, Garry Tonon and Eddie Cummings, among others. Travis was attracted to Danaher’s approach towards teaching and would become a staple training partner for UFC veterans like Georges St. Pierre and Chris Weidman.
Though Travis would ultimately pick Judo as his preferred sport because of it’s contant movement and aggression, he loves the creativity that BJJ affords him. Ultimately his goal is to achieve the most he in each of the sports and with his nearly nonstop training schedule and his ability to work through any adversity or injury, place your bets on Travis.
In the short video, Travis Stevens Judo Highlights are on display.
Travis Stevens American Warrior
Judo is made up of both stand up and ground techniques. Travis Stevens brings the highest level skill in both the standing and ground techniques of judo. He also brings the black belt knowledge of jiu jitsu that helps supplement and color his technique.
In the video below, Travis shares with 5 time world champion Bernardo Faria to share his techniques to more effectively break the standing posture of his opponents.
Breaking Standing Posture video (featuring Bernardo)
In the video below, Travis shares a very powerful kimura submission from half guard.
Kimura from Half Guard
Taking the Back
Below are a few of the fight or match videos that are available on YouTube for Travis Stevens. Travis is one of the most successful judokas in history.
Travis Stevens Highlight Reel
In the video below, please enjoy a short highlight video of Travis' competitive career.
2016 Rio Summer Olympics Finals Match
In this next video, Travis achieves the silver medal in a close match in the Rio Summer Olympics.
Travis Stevens Judo Compilation
This is another highlight of Travis Steven's judo career.