Meet Travis Stevens, perhaps America’s best Judoka
Meet Travis Stevens aka ‘The Judo Silencer’.
Stevens is an American Judoka who competed in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2012, he lost in the semi-finals to gold medalist Ole Bischof by judges’ decision and then fell short in the bronze medal match. Travis has defeated Judo legend and Ne Waza king Flavio Canto. Travis also holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under John Danaher. Danaher rewarded Stevens his black belt on November 19, 2013.
He also went through all the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu belts under John Danaher in under 18 months. That’s faster than BJ Penn and Caio Terra.
Unfortunately, the International Judo Federation does not allow Stevens, or any ranked Judo players, from competing in BJJ tournaments.
In Judo he is currently ranked top 5 in the world and he is considered by many the greatest American male Judo athlete. He has many accomplishments in both sports. Stevens trains at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City with several elite athletes. He has also opened up his own school in Boston, Massachusetts on January 12, 2013. Travis also teaches at Renzo Gracie Fort Lee in New Jersey.