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Suzana Stojakovic Forkapic reviewed Pedro's Judo Center
5
via Facebook

Our son Nikola has officially been at this Dojo for one full year now and is thriving in this environment. Sensei Riley is there to teach Judo and much more with goal setting, a constant reminder of respect, kindness, and overall doing the right thing each day. He is in tune with each child speaking and instructing them with discipline and respect. I just love this place and look forward to each class and my son's development overall.

Mimi Lemay reviewed Pedro's Judo Center
5
via Facebook

Pedro's is a remarkable place. I knew that the martial arts, if practiced right, could instill confidence and positivity in my kids, and Pedro's and Sensei Riley have not disappointed. I have three kids at Pedro's: Ages, 9, 8 and 6 and all three have enjoyed the experience, learned a lot and improved in strength, coordination and their belief in what they can accomplish! The classes are run well and on time, and there are plenty of chances for the kids to work toward promotion and participate in tournaments. We are glad we chose Pedro's Judo!

Beth Williams reviewed Pedro's Judo Center
5
via Facebook

Jacob has just finished his third year of training at Pedro's. We could not be happier with his progress. We started down this path hoping for better school and home behavior, a little more focus and lot more patience and discipline. In three years the change has been remarkable! Our rambunctious, full of energy little boy has grown up- learned how to respect teachers, staff, parents and so much more- while still keeping his silly, charming personality. Sensei Riley is kind, understanding, beyond patient and a true cheerleader! We are so grateful to all the staff for being on this ride with us!

Leah Kunz Sullo reviewed Pedro's Judo Center
5
via Facebook

I would absolutely recommend Pedro's Judo Center, we have had such a great experience and look forward to many more years of fun. This has been a great way for my four year old son to improve so many areas like focus and self-control all while being physically active and having fun.

I think my favorite part of this program is that they make this so much more than the classes that you attend at the dojo each week. They make such an effort to involve the entire family, we love the in house tournaments, promotion nights, kids movie nights, and much more. The other mom's and I even got to join in the class with them this morning in honor of Mother's Day for a pink belt, I'm not sure which one of us had more fun!

Sharon O'Brien reviewed Pedro's Judo Center
5
via Facebook

Both my son and daughter have been doing Judo at Pedro’s for just over a year and I would highly recommend their program. Not only do they focus on physical fitness but also building confidence in the kids. My son thrives on the physical challenges of Judo and is always excited and proud of himself when he masters a new technique. He often comes off the mat after class and asks me if he can stay for the next class!! My daughter is 6 years old and has hearing loss and I enrolled her at Pedro’s with the hope of boosting her self confidence. I couldn’t be happier with the progress she’s made (both on and off the mat!) over the last year at Pedro’s. The Sensei’s are firm but kind and really bring out the best in the kids. I was so proud to see my daughter raise her hand fearlessly and ask the police officer a question during a recent visit from WPD at the Dojo!! Thank you everyone at Pedro’s!!!

Michelle Bradbury Wilkins reviewed Pedro's Judo Center
5
via Facebook

My 3year old and 4year old love it. I love their ability to focus and to listen more. Great place for kids!

Maria Koutny reviewed Pedro's Judo Center
5
via Facebook

Went for a child birthday party and my daughter had a blast! Good people

Anthony Hewitt reviewed Pedro's Judo Center
5
via Facebook

Great training with great people! Thanks for the hospitality everyone!

Amy Mirasolo reviewed Pedro's Judo Center
5
via Facebook

Pedro's is an amazing place for kids to grow and learn. It is not just about athleticism and strength in the dojo, but they build character, confidence and discipline. These men and women are exceptional role models and have helped shape our son to an amazing young man. The expectations/behaviors go far beyond the walls of Pedro's and we couldn't be happier with our experience!

Don Werner reviewed Pedro's Judo Center
5
via Facebook

My grandaughter has gone from very shy to much more outgoing and confident. Very knowledgeable caring staff that get results. Thank you

Stephan Kelly O'Sullivan reviewed Pedro's Judo Center
5
via Facebook

We have been members at Pedro's Judo Center for 9 years and I cannot emphasize more how beneficial the training for my daughters has been. My eldest was the first to start and within several months I was amazed at the level of change in her confidence. The effect was both personal and athletic. I decided to enroll my younger daughter and the effect was even quicker. From the ceiling of the Judo Center hang 4 signs. The signs are emblazoned with the words CONFIDENCE, FOCUS, RESPECT and DISCIPLINE. The instructors at Pedro's do a great job of stressing these values to their students. If you admire these values as much as I do, you should bring your children to Pedro's Judo. My elder daughter emphasized to me the old saying that, "The family that plays together...stays together." so I enrolled myself. The decision to enroll my family at Pedro's Judo is one of the best i've ever made!

Derek Tc Richardson reviewed Pedro's Judo Center
5
via Facebook

Technical tough competitors. Lots of experience on this mat. If you want to get in shape and learn from the best, this is the place.

Mary Jane Sullivan reviewed Pedro's Judo Center
5
via Facebook

What a fun place for a birthday party for kids. Very clean with a separate space for food and cake. Ms. Allie kept all the kids engaged with fun games and music. Most certainly they slept well that night. Clean bathrooms and comfortably cool.
I would give them 5 stars!

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  • September 18, 2018
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A Well-Deserved Recognition Jimmy Pedro Wakefield, Massachusetts | September 13, 2018 On September 18, 2018, Jimmy Pedro will be the first ever American judoka to be inducted into the International Judo Federation Hall of Fame. In Baku, Azerbaijan, a celebration and commemoration is in store for one of the most profound American judoka in history. Jimmy […]

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  • July 31, 2018
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Supporting Our Educators Believe it or not, this year’s school season is only about one month away! As the first day of school approaches, many teachers prepare (once again) to pay out of pocket for classroom supplies. With the help of our Pedro’s Judo Center (Wakefield, MA) community, we would like to show gratitude and […]

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  • July 18, 2018
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An Outstanding Performance! Pedro’s Judo Center program director and coach Riley McIlwain led 31 athletes of Wakefield, MA on Sunday, July 15th in the Bay State Games held at UMASS Boston. The competition organizes annual Bay State Summer and Winter Games attracting over 7,000 athletes from more than 30 different sports in the state of […]

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  • July 14, 2018
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2018 World  Championships: Baku, Azerbaijan   From September 20th-September 27th, four Pedro’s Judo Center Team Force athletes will represent the United States of America at the 2018 World  Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Athletes Colton Brown, Jack Hatton, Ajax Tadehara, and Alisha Galles are four among fourteen Americans who will compete at the world-class event. Additionally, […]

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  • July 10, 2018
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Pan-American Junior Championships   Pedro’s Judo Center (Wakefield, Massachusetts) athletes Katherinne Lieby (-57kg) and Devin Leggett (-73kg) competed in Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina at the Pan-American Junior Championships. Fighting in arguably one of the most difficult junior weight classes, Leggett fell to eventual bronze medalist in his first round. Devin Leggett of Lynnfield, MA went […]

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  • June 27, 2018
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Pedro’s Judo Claims a Spot on Jr. World Team   Pedro’s Judo Center (Wakefield, MA) athletes competed in Spokane, Washington this past weekend at the USA Judo Jr. Olympic Championships. Olympic Silver Medalist Travis Stevens coached the athletes at the event. John Silva, Devin Leggett, Katherinne Lieby, and Lewis Donnelly represented the junior team in […]

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  • February 8, 2018
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The term “Martial Arts” is a relatively broad expression that encompasses a variety of different disciplines. Typically, when we hear the words martial arts, the first ideas that come to mind are one or more of the techniques that have developed in Asian countries. However, the martial arts are comprised of most types of fighting […]

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  • July 13, 2017
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2016 US Olympian Colton Brown completed his journey from California to Wakefield this week where he will live and train throughout the next Olympic cycle. Colton competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio alongside medallists Kayla Harrison and Travis Stevens. Pedro’s Judo Center owner and Head Coach has been working with Colton on the […]

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Katherinne Lieby represented the United States in Cancun, Mexico where she competed in the Junior Pan American Championships. Lieby competed in the under 57kg division in the under 20 year old bracket. d She dominated her first two opponents from Chile and Columbia beating them bu ippon. Her semi final match against the Mexican athlete […]

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  • June 21, 2017
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USA Judo National Team FORCE / Pedro’s Judo Center had athletes competing in Spokane Washington and Cancun Mexico for two different events.  j In Spokane, the junior team led by Olympic Silver Medalist Travis Stevens, competed at the USA Judo Junior Olympic Championships. Katherinne Libey, Lewis Donnelly, Devin Leggett & John Silva represented the junior […]

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