Jimmy Pedro

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Jimmy Pedro, Jr.
Born James A. Pedro
(1970-10-30) October 30, 1970 (age 44)
Massachusetts United States Danvers, Massachusetts
Residence Massachusetts United States Methuen, Massachusetts
Nationality United States American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Style Judo
Teacher(s) Jimmy Pedro, Sr.
Rank      6th degree black belt in Judo
Occupation Judo Instructor
University Brown University
Spouse Marie Pedro
Children 4
Notable club(s) Pedro’s Judo Center
Notable school(s) Pedro’s Judo Center
Website http://www.jimmypedro.com/

James ("Jimmy") A. Pedro (born October 30, 1970) is an American judo competitor who won the World Championships and multiple bronze medals in the Olympics and World Championships.

Pedro was the World Champion at 73 kg in 1998. He won bronze medals in the 1991 and 1995 World Championships.

Pedro represented the United States in the 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympic Games, winning bronze in 1996 and 2004. His entry in the "Legends" section of a major judo magazine's web site lists 29 gold medals in international competition.

Pedro retired from competitive judo after the 2004 Olympics. In recent years he has worked for Monster.com, promoted a brand of tatami and zebra (mats) used for judo and jujutsu practice and competition, and been the subject of a biographical movie.

He coaches and teaches in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He is the married father of four children.

He is the son of 1976 Olympic Alternate, James Pedro, Sr.

He is Kayla Harrison's coach. Harrison was the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in judo.


  1. Judo techniques and tactics is a textbook on judo written by Jimmy Pedro and William Durbin. ISBN 0-7360-0343-6
  2. Fury on the mat is a biographical movie about Jimmy Pedro.

External links[edit]

  1. Jimmy Pedro's entry in the Real Judo "Legends" list
  2. Jimmy Pedro's Homepage
  3. Pedro's Judo Center Homepage
  4. sports-reference
  5. Results at JudoInside.com