Our main judo program takes place at the KANSAS CITY NORTH COMMUNITY CENTER, 3930 N.E. ANTIOCH ROAD, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI. Call Coach Ken Brink at (816) 969-9019 or (816) 969-9020 for information.
Welcome Mat Awards Banquet
A large group of over 150 people crowded the auditorium at the Kansas City North Community Center for our annual Welcome Mat Awards Banquet. Welcome Mat athletes in judo, sambo, sumo and jujitsu were honored at our annual get-together on Dec. 5, 2014.
The Welcome Mat Junior Judo Team won 2 Silver Medals and 5 Bronze Medals at the 2014 National and International Junior Olympic Championships. Coaches Ken Brink, Kirk Quinones and Andre Coleman are shown with Carson Mills, Maddox McKillip, Johnny Shepard, Riley McKillip, Kyle Elliott, Camden McKillip, Nathan Allison, Wyatt Ohle, Eddie Vera, Aniya Coleman and Payton Mills.
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For the first time ever, three Welcome Mat athletes have won U.S. National Championships and competed in World Championships in their respective sports. Josh Sisson won the U.S. Nationals in the blind category and competed in the World Judo Championships for the Blind in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Andre Coleman won the U.S. Nationals in the sport of sumo and competed in the World Sumo Championships in Taiwan. Derrick Darling won the U.S. Nationals in the sport of sambo and competed in the World Sambo Championships in Japan.
U.S. Sumo Champion
2014 World Team Member
Authentic Russian Sambo
Welcome Mat brought sambo, the grappling sport developed in Russia, to the Kansas City area in 1977 and continues to offer some of the best technical training in the U.S. in the sport.
WELCOME MAT TRAINING CENTER
Our Sambo program is located at our Welcome Mat Training Center, 9216 Marshall Drive, Lenexa, Kansas. Call Coach Derrick Darling at (816) 456-5735 for more information on sambo, Shingitai jujitsu, MMA, submission grappling, boxing, Muay Thai, karate or fitness classes.
WELCOME MAT JUNIORS WIN 7 MEDALS AT THE USA JUDO JUNIOR NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS JUNE 24-27, 2014 IN IRVING, TEXAS
Welcome Mat athletes scored big at the toughest junior tournament in the United States.
U.S. Sambo Champion
2014 World Team Member
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 350 athletes who have won (and continue to win) national and international medals in judo, sambo, sport jujitsu, submission grappling, sumo and MMA.
JUDO IS FOR EVERYONE
In fact, all the martial arts are for everyone. Our philosophy is that judo and the martial arts serve as a great vehicle for personal growth and achievement. Our program offers instruction for all levels of interest; from beginners to elite-level athletes. Whether you want to learn a martial art for physical fitness, self-defense or to pursue judo or any of the martial arts as a competitive sport, Welcome Mat provides high-quality coaching in a friendly and clean atmosphere.
A LOCAL CLUB WITH WORLD-CLASS RESULTS
Athletes and coaches from Welcome Mat have competed at all levels of competition in judo, sambo, sumo, sport jujitsu, submission grappling and MMA all across the United States and in over 25 countries, but more importantly, Welcome Mat members have used judo and the other martial arts to enrich their lives in many ways. Judo and the other martial arts are, first and foremost, great methods of physical education. Our coaching staff has the technical skill, experience and coaching ability to help you achieve your goals, whether you want to be an elite-level judo, sambo, jujitsu or sumo athlete or if you want physical fitness, self-confidence or self-defense. Our coaches believe that if you are successful, then they are successful.
A POSITIVE, OPEN ATMOSPHERE
We provide a positive and open atmosphere while retaining the traditional discipline of the martial arts. Parents-judo and the other martial arts are excellent for physical fitness, discipline and teaching mature behavior to children. Our coaches go through intensive coach education programs and work great with kids. Adults-Welcome Mat provides high-quality, authentic and technically skillful coaching in all of our martial arts programs.
ALL OF THESE OUTSTANDING ATHLETES STARTED THEIR TRAINING RIGHT HERE AT WELCOME MAT AND CONTINUE TO TRAIN HERE AT WELCOME MAT. OUR COACHING STAFF TAKES PRIDE IN DEVELOPING WORLD-CLASS ATHLETES RIGHT HERE IN KANSAS CITY.
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.
WELCOME MAT SUMO CLUB
The ancient sport of sumo is one of the most popular sports in the world and Welcome Mat offers some of the best coaching in the United States under the direction of Andre Coleman. Visit our Clubs and Links page on this web site to find out more about our sumo program.