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Next Level Guy

Feb 25, 2020

Today’s guest is Travis Stevens, who is a Travis Stevens is a judoka and Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner from the United States who competed in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Summer Olympics. He competes in the men’s half-middleweight division. On August 9, 2016, Stevens became the third American male judoka to win a silver medal in the Olympics. He recently used his mindset and understanding of ground fighting, movement, alignment and control, to obtain his BJJ black belt in an incredible 18 Months!

In this interview, we discuss topics like his story, BJJ, skill development, fixing problems created during inferior training, analysis of opponents, where most people go wrong and most importantly, how you can get better at BJJ the quickest. 



In this interview, we discuss gems like:

  •  Who he is 
  • What was he like as a child
  • How a three-time Olympian selected Judo by accident
  • Did his travel and competing experience change him as a person
  • How he analyses his opponents and plans for his competitions
  • What helped him go from 5th place to 2nd place
  • Why he likes being the underdog and his mindset to competing 
  • What helped him get his black belt in record time
  • How do we develop the relevant physical capability to get better at BJJ
  • Mindset fixes
  • Where do most people go wrong in BJJ?
  • How to learn improve quicker and learn complicated movements in easier and more positive ways
  • Why you need to know the end goal and your why, why you need to be proactive rather than reactive
  • How to control your opponent to
    manoeuvre them into the setup you want them to be 
  • Work capacity and recovery methods
  • Goals he would set with people at different belt levels 
  • The wrong mindset people to have when training 
  • His goals in life
  • Is cross-training suitable for most BJJ practitioners ?
  • How has he approached becoming a business man
  • What he would like you to take from this interview