Travis Stevens

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Travis Stevens
Personal information
NationalityUnited States American
Born (1986-02-28) February 28, 1986 (age 37)
Bellevue, Washington
Home townWakefield, Massachusetts
Alma materNorth Shore Community College
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[1]
CountryUnited States
Weight class–81 kg
Rank     Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu[2]
     6th Dan Black belt in judo [3]
ClubPedro's Judo Center
Coached byJimmy Pedro, Renzo Gracie, John Danaher, James Harai Sr., Jason Morris
Achievements and titles
World Champ.R16 (2010)
Pan American Champ. (2009)
Olympic GamesSilver (2016)
Medal record
Men's judo
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro ‍–‍81 kg
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2007 Rio de Janeiro ‍–‍81 kg
Gold medal – first place 2015 Toronto ‍–‍81 kg
Pan American Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 Buenos Aires ‍–‍81 kg
Silver medal – second place 2008 Miami ‍–‍81 kg
Silver medal – second place 2011 Guadalajara ‍–‍81 kg
Silver medal – second place 2016 Havana ‍–‍81 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2010 San Salvador ‍–‍81 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2013 San José ‍–‍81 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Guayaquil ‍–‍81 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Edmonton ‍–‍81 kg
World Masters
Gold medal – first place 2016 Guadalajara ‍–‍81 kg
IJF Grand Slam
Silver medal – second place 2011 Moscow ‍–‍81 kg
Silver medal – second place 2012 Rio de Janeiro ‍–‍81 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Rio de Janeiro ‍–‍81 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Paris ‍–‍81 kg
IJF Grand Prix
Gold medal – first place 2011 Düsseldorf ‍–‍81 kg
Gold medal – first place 2013 Tashkent ‍–‍81 kg
Gold medal – first place 2014 Düsseldorf ‍–‍81 kg
Silver medal – second place 2014 Tbilisi ‍–‍81 kg
Silver medal – second place 2014 Havana ‍–‍81 kg
Silver medal – second place 2014 Zagreb ‍–‍81 kg
Silver medal – second place 2016 Havana ‍–‍81 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Qingdao ‍–‍81 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Abu Dhabi ‍–‍81 kg
Profile at external databases
Updated on 24 May 2023.

Travis Stevens (born February 28, 1986) is an American judoka and Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner who competed in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Summer Olympics.[5] He competes in the men's half-middleweight (−81 kg) division. On August 9, 2016, Stevens became the third American male judoka to win a silver medal in the Olympics.


An early start at the age of 6 enabled him to acquire a vast amount of knowledge in Judo and other martial arts. Travis is an outstanding athlete in the disciplines of Judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and holds many accomplishments in both. He is currently ranked number 12 in the world in the −81 kg weight class by the International Judo Federation (as of 9 August 2016).[6]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, he lost to eventual gold medalist Ole Bischof in the third round, before losing to Tiago Camilo in the repechage.[7]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics he again lost to 2008 gold medalist Ole Bischof, this time in the semi-finals by judges' decision. Stevens was then beaten in the bronze medal match by Canada's Antoine Valois-Fortier.[5][8]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, he lost to Khasan Khalmaurzaev (Russia) in the finals, earning a silver medal.

Stevens primarily teaches out of FUJI Gym in Wakefield, Massachusetts, which he opened on January 12, 2013. Travis also holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under John Danaher and Renzo Gracie, which Danaher awarded on November 19, 2013.[5][9] He trains at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City with several elite athletes. Travis also teaches at Renzo Gracie Fort Lee in New Jersey.


  1. ^ "Olympedia – Travis Stevens". Retrieved 2023-03-07.
  2. ^ Herle, Erin (2013-11-26), "USA Judo Olympian Travis Stevens earns Jiu-Jitsu black belt from John Danaher", GracieMag, archived from the original on 2019-08-04, retrieved 2016-10-07
  3. ^ "Congratulations to Sensei Travis Stevens on his promotion to 6th Degree Black Belt". Retrieved 2023-03-02.
  4. ^ "Travis Stevens". TEAM USA. Archived from the original on May 1, 2015. Retrieved 2023-03-07.
  5. ^ a b c Sport-Reference
  6. ^ "IJF Senior World Ranking List" (PDF). World Judo Federation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-06-10. Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  7. ^ "73 - 81kg (half-middleweight) men results - Judo - Beijing 2008 Olympics". Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  8. ^ "73 - 81kg (half-middleweight) men results - Judo - London 2012 Olympics". Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  9. ^ "Fastest BJJ Black Belt Promotion in History: 18 Months, Faster Than Caio Terra & BJ Penn". 30 August 2021. Retrieved 2022-02-02.

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