"Welcome Mat is Kansas City's leading judo and martial arts program."
AnnMaria DeMars, World Judo Champion and mother of MMA World Champion Ronda Rousey
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Welcome Mat athletes have won hundreds of medals in national and international judo in both USA Judo and AAU Judo for many years and continue to do so. Welcome Mat is respected nationally for its excellence in the sport of judo. Our athletes have competed in over 30 countries and all across the United States. Welcome Mat is an area leader in fundamentally sound and technically innovative coaching and continues to develop judo champions and successful people.
Welcome Mat-A Tradition of Success in Judo Since 1969 and Still Going Strong
Founded in 1969 by Steve Scott, the Welcome Mat Judo and Jujitsu Club is the most successful and oldest judo club in the Kansas City area. While we make no boastful claims, Welcome Mat has a tradition of success with over 400 athletes who have won (and continue to win) national and international medals in judo, sambo, sport jujitsu, submission grappling, sumo and MMA.
Welcome Mat offers one of the most innovative forms of jujitsu in the United States, SHINGITAI JUJITSU. Shingitai is a versatile and hard-core approach to jujitsu training and several of our Welcome Mat clubs offer it. Visit our Clubs and Links page on this web site to see where we offer this wide-open form of jujitsu that is useful for self-defense, physical fitness, submission grappling, MMA or any combat sport or activity.
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Welcome to our web site. Welcome Mat is the most successful judo, sambo and jujitsu club in the Kansas City area with a history and tradition of excellence going back to when I started the club in 1969. It has always been our goal to provide fundamentally sound and technically innovative coaching and be a positive addition to the martial arts community. Thousands of people have trained with us over the years. In addition to developing highly skilled black belts, and national and international champions in a variety of combat sports, there have been countless numbers of people who have trained with us who have become successful in all walks of life that have used their training at Welcome Mat to prepare them for successful, healthy and happy lives. Welcome Mat is nationally recognized and respected. Years ago, I coined the phrase; "Success is an on-going process." This has been our motto and guiding principle for many years. If you are looking for a program that teaches both children and adults technically skillful martial arts and stresses sportsmanship, humility, and a sincere work ethic that develops real self-confidence, please contact us.
Welcome Mat Founder and Technical Director
JUDO AT KANSAS CITY NORTH Ken Brink, Head Judo Coach, (816) 969-9019 or (816) 969-9020.
SAMBO, JUDO, JUJITSU, MMA OR GRAPPLING
AT OLATHE Derrick Darling at (913) 353-5858.
Welcome Mat Hosts and Brings In Top Coaches, World Champions and Olympians on a Regular Basis for Clinics and Training Camps.
World Judo Champions AnnMaria DeMars and Jimmy Pedro, Olympian Orlando Fuentes, Olympic Coach Pat Burris (all shown above, as well as dozens of other world-class athletes and coaches have come to Welcome Mat for clinics.
Welcome Mat Russian Sambo-A Tradition of Excellence
Athletes from Welcome Mat have won World, Pan American, World Cup and National Championships in the sport of Sambo. Sambo is a Russian sport similar to Judo and is practiced in over 180 countries. Welcome Mat introduced Sambo to the Kansas City area in 1977 and has been the leading program in the area since.
JUJI GATAME ENCYCLOPEDIA SELECTED AS 2019 WINNER BY AMERICAN BOOKS FEST. THE JUDO ADVANTAGE SELECTED AS A FINALIST BY AMERICAN BOOKS FEST.
NORTH LOCATION: Welcome Mat's Kansas City North location at the Kansas City North Community Center, 3930 N.E. Antioch Road, Kansas City, Missouri. Call Ken Brink at (816) 969-9019 for information.
SOUTH LOCATION: Welcome Mat's Olathe location at the Home Field Sports Complex, 2115 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe, Kansas. Call Derrick Darling at (913) 353-5858 for information.
Our Welcome Mat coaches focus on teaching fundamentally sound and technically effective skills to every student. We have programs for children and adults. Good judo skill is based on efficient and effective movement and our Welcome Mat coaches are accredited judo coaches with the Amateur Athletic Union and USA Judo.
In this photo, Head Judo Coach Ken Brink works with two juniors on the important points of a throwing technique.
Three generations of black belts are shown in this photo. Welcome Mat was started in 1969 and has become one of the most respected judo and sambo programs in the United States.
Judo encompasses throwing techniques and ground grappling techniques. Our focus at Welcome Mat is to teach all aspects of judo, sambo and jujitsu safely and efficiently. We believe that if you are successful, then we are successful.
Our annual Welcome Mat Awards Banquet is a highlight of the year.
CENTRAL LOCATION: Welcome Mat's Waldo location at the St. Athanasius Academy behind Christ The King Church at 85 Terrace and Wornall Road in Kansas City, Missouri. Call Steve Scott at (816) 210-4484 for information or call Mayra at (816) 363-4888 to register for classes.
THREE WELCOME MAT LOCATIONS IN THE KANSAS CITY AREA
JUDO AT WALDO/SOUTH KANSAS CITY Steve Scott at (816) 210-4484.
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