Brian Olson

4X Judo Olympian, World Bronze Medalist

About Brian

Born in Tallahassee, Fla., Olson started training in judo in 1979 at the age of six. He has more than 34 years of experience in judo competition and more than 15 years of coaching on the mats. Olson was known during his career as one of the best Judokas that have been produced in the United States. His signature moves were relentless gripping sequences and his dynamic foot sweeps.

Business

After retiring from Active Competition in 2008, Olson Began teaching Judo at Easton’s BJJ in Boulder Colorado where he was first introduced to BJJ and to MMA. Olson states “Working straight ground work opened my eyes to an entirely new world on the ground”. Olson had the opportunity to work with individuals like Shane Carwin, Elliot Marshal, Nate Marquardt, Brandon Schaub and coaches Leister Bowling, Amal Easton, Trevor Wittman.

Olson’s Martial Arts Academy

In 2010, Olson started Olson’s Martial Arts Academy that was focused on solely teaching Judo. Olson’s States” In business and in life I always bring my competition attributes to everything I do. I want to have the best programs as well as I want to be the best husband and dad”.

Olson’s Martial Arts Academy is now focused on teaching BJJ, Judo, Muy Tai. Olson states “ I am now hooked on bjj, it is easier on my body and I am learning something vastly the same but so very different in approach. I am not trying to make Olympic and World Champs yet, it is my goal to create a academy where people can Learn, Sweat, and have Fun while growing the martial arts.

Accomplishments

Olympic Teams

2008, 2004, 2000 (Seventh), 1996

World Championship Teams

1995, 1997 (Bronze), 1999, 2001, 2003

Pan American Games Teams

2003 (Gold), 1999 (Gold), 1995 (Bronze)

Pan American Championship Teams

2004 (Silver), 2003 (Bronze), 2002 (Silver), 2001 (Gold), 1998 (Gold), 1997 (Silver), 1996 (Silver)

2008

• US Judo Olympic Team Captain• Gold – U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Judo
• Silver – USA Judo Senior National Championships

2007

• Gold – U.S. Open

2004

• US Olympic Team Co-Captain
• Gold – Olympic Trials
• Silver – Pan American Championships
• Fifth – Rotterdam World Cup

2003

• Gold – Pan American Games
• Gold – Rendez-Vous Canada
• Gold – Puerto Rico Open
• Gold – New York Open
• Gold – Olympic Qualifier
• Silver – U.S. Open
• Bronze – Pan American Championships
• Bronze – Benito Juarez Championships

2002

• Gold – U.S. Open
• Gold – Budapest World Cup
• Silver – Pan American Championships
• Seventh – German Super World Cup

2001

• Gold – Pan American Championships
• Gold – British Open
• Silver – Rotterdam World Cup
• Silver – European Club Cup Final
• Silver – IMCA America U.S. Open
• Bronze – Budapest World Cup

2000

• Bronze – Rotterdam World Cup
• Seventh – Olympic Games

1999

• Gold – Pan American Games
• Gold – USA Judo Senior National Championships

1998

• Gold – USA Judo Senior National Championships
• Gold – Pan American Championships
• Bronze – British Open
• Bronze – Budapest World Cup
• Bronze – Austrian World Cup

1997

•Gold – USA Judo Senior National Championships (86kg)
•Bronze – World Championships (86kg)

1996

• Gold – U.S. Open Championships (86kg)

1995

• Gold – USA Judo Senior National Championships (86kg)
• Bronze – Pan American Games (86kg)

1994

• Gold – USA Judo Senior National Championships (86kg)
• Gold – U.S. Olympic Festival (86kg)

1993

• Gold – U.S. Olympic Festival (86kg)
• Silver – USA Judo Senior National Championships (86kg)

1992

• Gold – U.S. Open (86kg)
• 5th-Jr. World Championships(86kg)

1991

• Silver – USA Judo Senior National Championships (78kg)