One of the most decorated American Judokas of all time, Sensei Jimmy Pedro talks about his Olympic experience, his thoughts on modern Judo and his grappling conditioning. He also talks about accepting losses and cross-training in various grappling styles. Click “read more” for show notes! SHOW NOTES:

  • Growing up on the mats
  • Judo in the 60’s and 70’s
  • When he began to enjoy competing
  • The transition from Judo to Wrestling
  • His severe injury in college
  • Regional styles of Judo
  • His specialty for Newaza
  • Passing down styles
  • His thoughts on Judo’s leg grab rule
  • His criticisms of modern Judo
  • Conditioning your body while minimizing injury
  • Grappling-specific workouts
  • The biggest obstacles he’s faced in his journey
  • Traveling internationally pre-internet
  • His crazy trip to Germany
  • Accepting losses / How he processed his toughest loss
  • The Pummel
  • Cross-training
  • Judo for BJJ
  • Coaching athletes to their peak
  • Legacy