Raised in Chatham, New Jersey, Steven was kicking by age five at the local Taekwondo studio! At age eight, he was an acclaimed NJ State Champion. At seventeen, he was a Junior Olympic medalist. Inspired by watching Herb Perez win a gold medal in the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, Steven made a commitment to follow his Olympic dreams. In pursuit of following his passion, Steven started training with Peter Bardatsos, 7X USA National Team Member and past student of Herb Perez. In July 2009, after being considered the underdog, he beat the country’s favorite, to make his first World Championship USA National Team – shocking everyone, but himself.

"He went on to making two more USA National Teams and most recently winning a Silver Medal in the 2013 World Combat Games."

Today, Steven is determined to prevent history from repeating itself and has made the ultimate sacrifice – place his professional career on hold and go for his childhood dream of making the 2016 Olympics in San Palo, Brazil. In July 2014, Steven competed at the USA National Championships in San Jose, California, where he qualified for U.S. National Team Trials in 2015.

  • 2015
  • 2014
    • U.S. Senior Nationals (Feather): BRONZE
  • 2013
    • World Cup: Quaterfinals
    • World Cup Team Member (Feather)
    • World SportAccord Combat Games: SILVER
    • World SportAccord Combat Games Team Member (Feather)
    • U.S. Open (Feather): BRONZE
  • 2012
    • Olympic Trials – Phase 7 (-68kg): 4th
  • 2011
    • 2011 U.S. National Team Trials (Feather): 2nd
  • 2010
    • Olympic Team Trials 1 (Bantam/Feather): 5th
    • Canada Open (Feather): BRONZE
    • Canada Open (Olympic Bantam/Feather): BRONZE
    • National Collegiate Championships (Feather): SILVER
  • 2009
    • World Taekwondo Championships (Feather): Quarterfinals
    • Korea Open (Feather): BRONZE
    • U.S. National Team Member (Feather)
    • U.S. National Team Trials (Feather): 1st
    • Pan Am University Championships (Light): GOLD
    • U.S. Collegiate National Team Member (Light)
    • National Collegiate Championships (Light): GOLD
    • U.S. Open (Feather): SILVER
    • National Team Qualifier (Feather): 1st
  • 2008
    • Pan Am Championships Team Member (Feather)
    • U.S. Senior Nationals (Feather): GOLD
    • Collegiate World Trials (Feather): 3rd
    • Collegiate Nationals (Feather): BRONZE
    • York National Qualifier (Feather): SILVER
  • 2007
    • Toronto Open: SILVER
    • National Collegiate Championships (Fly): BRONZE
  • 2006
    • U.S. Senior Nationals (Fly): GOLD
    • Buffalo National Qualifier (Fly): GOLD
    • U.S. Cup Team Member (Sr. Fly)
  • 2005
    • Providence National Qualifier: SILVER
    • NYSTC President’s Cup Male Athlete of the Year
    • East Coast Open Male Athlete of the Year
    • U.S. Cup Team Member (Jr. Light)
    • U.S. Cup Jr. Male Athlete of the Year
  • 2004
    • Gold Cup Male Athlete of the Year
    • U.S. Junior National Championships: SILVER

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