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Jimmy Pedro: Judo and the Forging of Champions | Lex Fridman Podcast

  • Опубліковано 20 бер 2023
  • Jimmy Pedro is a judo competitor and coach, world champion, 3x world medalist, 2x Olympic medalist. Please support this podcast by checking out our sponsors:
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    0:00 - Introduction
    0:43 - The most beautiful throw
    25:12 - Russian approach to randori
    38:43 - Judo gripping
    50:12 - IOC
    1:00:37 - Toughest match
    1:05:44 - Jimmy Pedro Sr
    1:24:59 - Travis Stevens
    1:44:29 - Kayla Harrison
    2:02:47 - Putin and judo
    2:06:59 - Getting started in judo
    2:11:45 - BJJ
    2:15:11 - Advice for young people
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  • Lex Fridman
    Lex Fridman  Рік тому +24

    Here are the timestamps. Please check out our sponsors to support this podcast.
    0:00 - Introduction & sponsor mentions:
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    - Athletic Greens: athleticgreens.com/lex and use code LEX to get 1 month of fish oil
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    0:43 - The most beautiful throw
    25:12 - Russian approach to randori
    38:43 - Judo gripping
    50:12 - IOC
    1:00:37 - Toughest match
    1:05:44 - Jimmy Pedro Sr
    1:24:59 - Travis Stevens
    1:44:29 - Kayla Harrison
    2:02:47 - Putin and judo
    2:06:59 - Getting started in judo
    2:11:45 - BJJ
    2:15:11 - Advice for young people

  • Zuhair Mehdee
    Zuhair Mehdee Рік тому +128

    Please can we get some footage of you doing Judo with Travis Stevens and Jimmy Pedro.

    • andanssas
      andanssas Рік тому +9

      Since you're at it, join some Jujitsu footage with them both and create a new martial art: Jud-it-so.

  • A.C
    A.C Рік тому +74

    My son is 4 years old and is a huge fan of Jimmy Pedro, or sensei Pedro as he calls Jimmy. He's too young to understand how great of a judo competitor Jimmy was, and how great of a judo coach he is. All he knows is that Jimmy is an important person because he's in a couple of big posters around the dojo. But the reason he's such a fan is that every time he sees Jimmy in the dojo and goes say hello, Jimmy stops what he's doing to talk to him. Jimmy is a very good coach, great sensei, and an awesome person.

  • eric5280
    eric5280 Рік тому +7

    Jimmy is the biggest reason why my school (St. John's Prep) has a wrestling program. We've only had 2 coaches, Jimmy's dad and Manny Costa, a fellow judoka.

  • The Graceful Savage
    The Graceful Savage Рік тому +11

    I love the interview with Travis and Jimmy..... I would love to hear more interviews with other Judoka!

  • Davidd
    Davidd Рік тому +31

    I love every episode of this podcast. it's fucking insane

  • YC Auto Detailing
    YC Auto Detailing Рік тому +12

    Thank you Lex your podcasts are on another level 🔥

  • P. L.
    P. L. 3 місяці тому

    Great interview. I love the anecdote about Sensei Pedro encouraging you at the end!

  • Jess Phillips
    Jess Phillips Рік тому +25

    Amazing conversation. Bring on more Judokas and wrestlers!

  • gdayy
    gdayy 13 днів тому

    More judo focused podcasts, Lex!

  • IronKnight117
    IronKnight117 Рік тому +10

    It’s tough my main school only has judo three times a week and the rest I’m having to drive over to other dojo’s we have a relationship with in tampa I’ve even had to start driving across the state 1-2 times a month over to sensei sasaki’s in Orlando it’s hard to find competitive judo in the US

    • kombijr
      kombijr 10 місяців тому +2

      That’s cuz your in the wrong spot lol
      I grew up with lots of Japanese here in Los Angeles. I guess I’m lucky enough to have many dojo’s here. The best this side of the Mississippi for sure.

  • Raphael Mallet
    Raphael Mallet Рік тому +2

    I was there for that seminar in 2012 with the russians, those guys were unreal

  • Alex
    Alex Рік тому +55

    I swear. One day Lex will have Putin as a guest. It may not be this year, next year, or even the year after that. But this podcast is on that trajectory.

    • Rodney Shafer
      Rodney Shafer Рік тому +4

      @Mobile Legends I'm not sure you've watched many of his podcasts. give him a shot. there's a lot a lot of info in these and he's asking very pointed precise questions. He may be wordy, but definitely humble.

    • Mobile Legends
      Mobile Legends Рік тому

      To be fair I'm not a fan of Lex. I watch him with cringe because of his guests. He speaks more than his guests so far as I can see. Big ego.

    • Goburin
      Goburin Рік тому +6

      That would be historic. Whether you hate him or like him, Putin can defend himself very well and explain a lot of things that usually you don't hear in the west, and of course, Lex would be THE perfect interviewer. I'm not a fan of Putin, but I know that things are a little more complicated than what we see on CNN or the BBC

    • Alex
      Alex Рік тому +1

      guttergrown was here I don't care and it's called subtitles*

    • Mr R
      Mr R Рік тому +4

      That's the goal. He repeatedly mentioned that.

  • Abu Bakr Yasin
    Abu Bakr Yasin Рік тому +2

    this is a very good man, he is more what the world needs, God bless

  • Rui Coelho
    Rui Coelho Рік тому +3

    Excellent interview . Inspirational. Domo arigato 🙏

  • Sachin Johny
    Sachin Johny 6 місяців тому

    Thanks Jimmy & Lex this interview is very much helpful

  • Mastermind Martial Arts
    Mastermind Martial Arts 5 місяців тому

    This was a great listen all the way through

  • Napalm In The Morning
    Napalm In The Morning 3 місяці тому +1

    I wrestled in high school, and when I went to college I took a BJJ class and there was a Judo black belt from Georgia (the country), and he was tough as hell. One of my favorite guys to roll with in class. Judo throws hit cleaner than wrestling.

    • Sang Beom
      Sang Beom 2 місяці тому

      Georgia produces world class wrestlers and judokas

  • ballistic cranberry peat
    ballistic cranberry peat Рік тому +12

    Strangely enough, in my experience uchi-mata is one of the easiest throws to do on someone who has absolutely no training lol. Don’t do it though.

    • OmegaSupremeWCheese
      OmegaSupremeWCheese Рік тому +1

      yeah its weird, I hated uchi starting out, but then something clicked in my head and it became my best throw.

  • John Hall
    John Hall Рік тому +1

    Love your martial arts episodes

  • That Coast
    That Coast 3 місяці тому

    @24:40 I played rugby for 13 years, and about year 6 my body would retain muscle and start bulking a month before season started. It was crazy

  • Nahua K
    Nahua K Рік тому +15

    Finally a video with Jimmy Pedro, whose instructional videos are among my favorites :) Correction: Shozo Fujii (藤猪 省太) does not have the same name as Mount Fuji (富士山). 藤猪 (Fujii) is not 富士 (Fuji).

  • Bradley Clack
    Bradley Clack 2 місяці тому

    Every kid should try judo I did Judo from 8-15 I'm now 43 and I use the things I learnt in my every day life from the mentality to the work ethic discipline and respect

  • Abu Bakr Yasin
    Abu Bakr Yasin Рік тому +2

    Sign of a champion is how easy they make their skill and so motivated

  • K Man
    K Man Рік тому


  • javier casas
    javier casas Рік тому +2

    a chat with craig jones would be awesome

  • Steven Harris
    Steven Harris 4 години тому

    The Cohen Brothers (Irwin and Steve) were 2 of the best. Irwins 2 sons followed in their footsteps!! I'm am very proud and lucky to train under all of them.........

  • Manny Mejia
    Manny Mejia Рік тому +1

    Lex ..this is legendary...

  • Roger Williams
    Roger Williams 11 місяців тому

    To me, Uchi Mata is 4th most beautiful throw after Harai maki Komi, osoto guruma, and harai tsurikomi ashi. To me! LOL Maybe itsuri goshi!

  • Manny Mejia
    Manny Mejia Рік тому +2

    Hey lex. You should have tony okada on he is a legend here in anaheim ca for judo or even dr. Teshima... Danny Mejia...

    • Tony
      Tony Рік тому

      you related to Justin Mejia?

  • Bradley Clack
    Bradley Clack 2 місяці тому

    Unlike most sports one tiny mistake and your fight is over if you make a mistake on the tennis court or basketball court you have the rest of the game to catch up but one mistake can end a judo match

  • Tristan
    Tristan Рік тому +5

    From a European perspective it's so weird to think of a successful school having only 200 members.

    • Sang Beom
      Sang Beom 2 місяці тому

      Judo isn't popular in America

    • caleb beraud
      caleb beraud Рік тому +3

      Many parents here in the states will push their kids in other sports once they reach their teens in hopes of getting a college scholarship through the NCAA, this is one reason why a lot of teens may not do judo or Brazilian jiu jitsu. There’s a plethora of others, but here in America it’s not uncommon for kids to play baseball all year round once they’re in their early teens.

  • jamonit
    jamonit 5 місяців тому

    21:05 I really wonder how this went with Lex.

  • Driton S
    Driton S Рік тому +5

    HI Lex, I think you need to have TONI KUKA on podcast, the 3 time Olympic Gold Medalist coach , The only one to beat Japanese in Tokyo for Golden Medals ...for more details you can PM me

  • Thomas Iburg
    Thomas Iburg Рік тому +2

    Lex Fridman reminds me of the radiospeaker from the Resevoir Dogs album. The suit does the rest!
    I'm I the only one? Take a listen: uaclips.com/video/-ozaAvQYG_c/відео.html
    Great Podcasts - keep it up Lex👍

  • Nik
    Nik Рік тому +5

    I want to start a martial art together with my daughter so she can defend herself well but I'm still undecided. What would you recommend? Aikido or Judo or BJJ?

    • Pavel Chorda
      Pavel Chorda Рік тому

      As a former Judoka, above all tecnich, the sensei is the most important, what is he/she transmitting to you, because this person will have a deep impact in your son.
      And judo is more than enough to fight anybody and give him strength and self confidence.

    • Nik
      Nik Рік тому +1

      @Casey Jordan This has been a fantastic answer! Thanks Casey 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

    • Casey Jordan
      Casey Jordan Рік тому +2

      Either BJJ or judo is gonna provide a great base (just make sure you find a BJJ school that actually does standup and its just not all groundwork).
      The art she/you should ultimately do is the one she will enjoy the most because then she will have fun and stick with it and actually get good at it.
      Try out both, she can always switch between them or train both as well.
      From a technical aspect just be aware Judo has a steeper learning curve so it may be more frustrating at first, but the ability to put someone on the ground with force and not have to go there is really important for self defense. If she's smaller or not very athletic, BJJ may be better because using the ground to create leverage makes smaller people more effective, but you still have to get on the ground or end up there to use the ground to your advantage.
      Aikido is fun but most aikido schools do not pressure test their techniques (ie sparing), do not do any martial art for self defense if they don't spar at force, even if it has good techniques you'll never be able to implement them in a real situation when you have an adrenaline dump if you don't spar, and you also won't have any way to determine what works and doesn't work in various situations and adjust to improve over time.

    • Nik
      Nik Рік тому +1

      @Tristan Thanks for your really helpful reply!

    • Tristan
      Tristan Рік тому +1

      @Nik if your local dojo is any good they will also practice ne waza and submissions. I'd suggest giving judo a try first because of the ukemi which you don't have in BJJ. Issue with BJJ is it's only ground based, if your strictly talking about self defence that's a bit of a problem, it should be the last place you want to be. Practicing ne waza is very very important but shouldn't be the only thing practiced.
      Forget aikido for self defence.

  • Red_Ninja
    Red_Ninja Рік тому

    Its funny that he said teens. I left judo as a teen and ran track and played football.

  • Behind These Eyes I See What You Really Are

    I’m a Jimmy Takamori Shodan. 45 years old. I’m and out of Judo for 30 years. Made it Blackbelt and life got in the way.
    I’m a huge fan of Coach Pedro. However I’m confused about his statement around 1:30 in the video about he was the first USA medalist?
    US Olympic Judo Teams 1964 to present
    1964 Jim Bregman, Bronze, -80 kg.
    1976 Allen Coage, Bronze, +93 kg.
    1984 Eddie Liddie, Bronze, -60 kg.
    1984 Bobby Berland, Silver, -86 kg.
    1988 Kevin Asano, Silver, -60kg.
    1988 Lynn Roethke, Silver, -61kg.
    1988 Mike Swain, Bronze, -71kg.
    1988 Margaret Castro, Bronze, +72kg.

    • William Dolan
      William Dolan Рік тому

      RIP Takemori Sensei

    • Oliver Reno
      Oliver Reno Рік тому +2

      I think he meant at that games specifically.

  • Lachin .0
    Lachin .0 11 місяців тому

    I actually I met him at one of my tourneys like abt 3 years ago

  • Paintbender
    Paintbender Рік тому +1

    In randori, if you aren't getting a hard round from your adversary, your adversary is likely getting a hard round from you.

    COMMON SENSE 4 місяці тому

    It's a balance throw ☝️ without listening
    Let's hear it....

  • bassNY
    bassNY Рік тому

    lex is the man

  • Juan jose Bravo
    Juan jose Bravo Рік тому

    @lex get Jordan Burroughs on plz. Good time to do it since he just won gold at the world championships-just sayin ;)

  • Ian Young
    Ian Young 3 місяці тому

    Judo needs to have various leagues or federations working independently to build the brand of individual judoka. It's all an official federation for a country which is part of the IJF. Capitalism needs to help judo progress. You need better infrastructure. Dedicated buildings everywhere as well as presence in all highschools blending the disciples of physical education with Kano inspired humanities. Judo should be sold as a lifestyle. You can market within that and ethically too. For example incorporate the shoes Sambo players use. Associate with high quality products that build your brand. Another example would be the 02 trainer by Bas Rutten. Things like this are game changers and something everyone should try. Judo bands are another great product doing solo uchikomi at home. You could also encourage competitors to wear mouth guards as this teaches people to nose breathe. You could also have local authorities championing ethical meat sources and eating healthy with a meat producer in that country. Wholefoods. Watson Training Equipment. Charles Poliquin strength training principles. Just associate with the best of the best and keep building your brand of judo as a bigger picture.

  • gcoffey223
    gcoffey223 Рік тому +3

    One thing that makes Khabib and Islam so dominate is their JUDO. Master of Sports in JUDO for both. And for those wondering, it's not childhood YMCA Judo, it's the Judo that trains you to disable your opponent. The type of JUDO CIA, KGB, trained assasins utilize. Islam has the best leg trips the ufc has ever seen.

    • MarcoNoPolo
      MarcoNoPolo Рік тому

      Yes and it pisses me off that no one ever credits this but real ones know ;)

  • Geno Genov
    Geno Genov Рік тому

    What was the first reason, Lex, you editing demon?

  • jamonit
    jamonit 5 місяців тому +1

    12:05 I hope you get to. interview Teddy one day soon.

  • Life Is My Opportunity☀️

    Most people are other people.
    Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
    Oscar Wilde

  • Othman Ben Abbes
    Othman Ben Abbes Рік тому

    I loved this epispde

  • Matt D
    Matt D Рік тому

    The rotational forces of that move discussed at the start of this interview very much remind me of throwing the shot put. A decades long PED enhanced world record in the shot put was finally broken in 2021 by 2x Olympic and world champion Ryan Crouser. Think of the physics behind throwing a 7.26 kilo ball 23.37 m (76 ft 8+1⁄4 in). I’ll bet that that is a discussion many of your viewers would also enjoy. I know I would.

  • Robert Rodriguez
    Robert Rodriguez Рік тому +1

    Uncle Chael says Judo doesn’t work.
    Performance Quest Baby!

    • Robert Rodriguez
      Robert Rodriguez Рік тому

      @armedjoy 🙌

    • armedjoy
      armedjoy Рік тому +1

      it's obviously way worse without the gi... that's why wrestling exists

  • Stevie
    Stevie 10 місяців тому

    if I move to Massachusetts can I also get training from the goat XD? Would it help if I said I beat his students in the state championship when I was 12 when I lived there? XD

  • gregnak07
    gregnak07 Рік тому +7

    Lex is the absolute best 1v1 interviewer in the world. So many endearing qualities in him. He still seems to remain very humble. I could go on and on. He’s my favorite human that I’ve never met directly. He will do great things for humanity in his lifetime. ❤️

  • electric bass guitar
    electric bass guitar Рік тому +1

    Lex and a dentist judoka XD

  • Almaz Kairosh
    Almaz Kairosh Рік тому +13

    Lex please get Yuval Harari on your show.

    • Almaz Kairosh
      Almaz Kairosh Рік тому

      @Anto Sure it’d be really fascinating. Probably Yuval now a little bit unreachable and busy, because recently he’s published his Sapience graphic book.

  • Big H
    Big H Рік тому +10

    khabib is a black belt and international master of sport in judo.

  • B G
    B G Рік тому

    get more bjj guys please

  • iSpartie
    iSpartie Рік тому +3


  • Jon Jack
    Jon Jack Рік тому +8

    You should have Valentina Shevchenko on the podcast

  • amelia sai vadimovna PLAY
    amelia sai vadimovna PLAY Рік тому

    I’m pretty sure I’m buying ZAM tokens. I’ve been following the project for some time now and the growth and utility are insane.

  • Chengez Hussaini
    Chengez Hussaini Рік тому +3

    Is it ever too late to start competing in judo?

    • Raphael Mallet
      Raphael Mallet Рік тому +2

      On an international level for sure, but locally no dude

  • FIRE Gate
    FIRE Gate Рік тому +3


  • 2Failure
    2Failure Рік тому


  • AJC3
    AJC3 Рік тому

    Bob Berland 84! Epic

  • deletrious
    deletrious Рік тому +1

    John Carmack PLEASE

  • Ethan Farrar
    Ethan Farrar Рік тому

    I can’t be the only one who that it was rda for a second.

  • Anatoliy Moroz
    Anatoliy Moroz 11 місяців тому

    Such small amount of views on this one. Wonder why

  • exit 1Ø1
    exit 1Ø1 Рік тому

    'picture yourself rollin' =)

  • Bwa V.
    Bwa V. 8 місяців тому

    J'ai cru que c'était Raphael Dos Anjos...

  • Gonzalo Rocha
    Gonzalo Rocha 5 місяців тому


  • Gonzalo Rocha
    Gonzalo Rocha 2 місяці тому

    1:38:50 & 1:42:30

  • Idkwhyeither
    Idkwhyeither Рік тому +1


  • Ezekiel Curry
    Ezekiel Curry Рік тому +1

    Hey Lex. Never been so early

  • Stella Yoshimura
    Stella Yoshimura Рік тому


  • John Masters
    John Masters Рік тому

    only 52K views? weak sauce. where's Lex Fridman on 3rd parties in the US, & the future of the US government?

  • Radek
    Radek Рік тому +1

    Please bring Eric or Bret Weinstein again! thank you!

  • Burke Kelleher
    Burke Kelleher 2 місяці тому +1

    Please can we get some footage of you doing Judo with Travis Stevens and Jimmy Pedro.