Project 2024's mission is to create a professional judo program in the United States that ensures payment for athletes and coaches with Olympic aspirations. Athletes will receive the financial support, development plan, technical expertise, and training necessary to reach their goals. The ultimate goal is to prepare America's Judo Team and International Athletes for success at the Tokyo 2020 & the 2024 Olympic Games which will be held in Paris, France.
Jimmy Pedro - Chairman
World Champion Jimmy Pedro is one of the most decorated judo players in American history. Jimmy is world renowned for his judo expertise, coaching ability, and training methods. As a world-renowned coach, his success at the 2012 & 2016 Olympic Games led to the victories of Kayla Harrison earning back-to-back gold medals and Travis Stevens earning a silver medal in 2016.
Jim "Big Jim" Pedro - Lifetime Coach
Jim "Big Jim" Pedro is one of the most decorated coaches in USA Judo's history. He is responsible for coaching some of the best USA Judo athletes in history, such as Jimmy Pedro, Ronda Rousey, Kayla Harrison, and Travis Stevens along with many more. He is still coaching to this day. He currently works with his son Jimmy and Travis coaching the athletes full time at the US National Training Site in Pedro's Judo.
Chris Skelley - Co Founder
Chris quickly excelled as a coach for USA Judo, at the junior level, traveling around the world with Team USA. In 2004, Chris joined the USA Judo staff, with head coach Jimmy Pedro, and started the U-23 Program. Their goal and mission was to produce a gold medalist in the 2012 Olympics. This mission was accomplished at the 2012 Olympic Games when Kayla Harrison became the ﬁrst-ever Judo gold medalist. As an added bonus, Team USA members & Project 2024 Coaches; Marti Malloy walked away with a bronze medal and Travis Stevens walked away with a 5th place finish. In 2016, Chris and the USA staff proved, once again, that they had what it takes to produce a champion. Harrison won her second gold medal and Travis Stevens earned a silver medal. After the Rio Games, Harrison, Malloy and Stevens decided to retire from competition.
Travis Stevens - Technical Advisor
Travis Stevens is an Olympic Silver Medalist and 3x US Olympian. He is currently oversees the coaching staff of Project 2024 along with programing for seminars. Travis currently lives in Wakefield, MA where he coaches at the US National Training Site in Wakefield, MA held out of Pedro's Judo Center.
Marti Malloy - Coach
Marti Malloy is 2x Olympian, Olympic Bronze Medalist, and World Silver Medalist. Marti is excited to be coaching and helping the youth develop in a systematic way, which she found helpful during her competition years. Marti currently resides in San Jose, CA where she contiues to help train and coach the athletes currently training at the US National Training Site located at San Jose State University!
Angelica Delgado - Coach
Currently the #1 Athlete for USA Judo and 2016 Olympian! While Angelica will spend most of her time on the road qualifing for the 2020 Olympic Games, she is excited to make apperances for Project 2024 at sessions she can fit into her busy schedule. She has the full support of Project 2024 during her Olympic run!
Colton Brown - Coach
Colton Brown is activally chasing the 90kg Olympic spot for Team USA. He is currently the #1 Ranked 90kg male for USA Judo. Colton is excited to help the youth develop and has already helped with previous Project 2024 Camps held in his home state of New Jersey. Colton Brown currently has the full support of Project 2024 as he prepares for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Project 2024 was a fantastic and enlightening experience. As both a father of a young Judoka and instructor/coach I found the program very eye-opening. With regards to the junior program, the clinicians (Travis Stevens and Marti Malloy) provided a great experience for the kids that was grounded in an easy to follow instructions provided great attention to detail. The juniors learn new ways to approach some basic fundamentals while still having fun.
The elite program gave our potential up and coming Judoka a glimpse into elite level Judoka train. Those who participate in the elite program will most definitely see the how mentally tough they can really be and how resilient they are. There is a s ... Read More
Project 2024 is an excellent and active concept for developing our high-performance
judo athletes. Tech Judo has hosted several high-performance
training sessions, and it was very obvious what experienced US Athletes who have
reached the highest levels in our sport can bring to young aspiring athletes. There
are many motivational and technical aspects of judo that are difficult to acquire
elsewhere. We have so many athletes who train very hard and make many
sacrifices to hopefully one day represent the US internationally, or possibly even
in the Olympics, and this is unfortunately almost impossible without the proper
training and guidance it takes to develop t ... Read More
Sensei Juan Montenegro
When I heard that Eddie Khchirian was bringing Project 2024 to Southern California, I knew it would deserve my support. Having attended two clinics with Travis Stevens and several with Marti Malloy, I was confident that Project 2024 would be a big success. They did not disappoint. The coaching sessions were filled with relevant information and tips that will help any coach improve their teaching skills and curriculum. My team has pages and pages of notes! Travis and Marti highly motivated the competitors in the Elite Training sessions and gave them a glimpse into the focus, discipline and hard work that it takes to be an elite athlete. My club had 6 coaches in the coaches sessions and 7 athletes (two whom als ... Read More
I would like to take the opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation to Travis, Marti and all those who had a hand in putting Project 2024 together. It was an amazing experience for both myself as a coach and my two boys as elite competitors. Travis Stevens is wealth of knowledge, and as a participant in the coach’s class had the pleasure of learning new approaches. The class was designed to educate coaches how to reach and teach our students the most basic fundamentals of Judo. It was humbling to re-learn the very techniques taught to white belts when they begin their journey into the art. Travis’ approach was how to not just about the technique, but the understanding of what is being taught. ... Read More
Krista Tsutsui Steele, Fresno Judo Club
As a teacher, coach, and especially as a black belt in judo, I know the importance of lifelong learning. The Project 2024 camp was a great opportunity for me to expand my experiences as a judoka and to learn alongside my students throughout the weekend. Marti Malloy and Travis Stevens created scenarios in the coaches sessions for us to explore different perspectives, experiment with our teaching methods, and learn from their experiences as elite athletes. I appreciated the attention to detail and feedback provided by both clinicians. I enjoyed learning about their dojos and judo programs as well.
I also appreciated the opportunity to watch the competition sessions from the stands as a co ... Read More