Founded in 1969 by Steve Scott, the Welcome Mat Judo and Jujitsu Club is the oldest active judo and jujitsu club in the Kansas City area. While we make no boastful claims, Welcome Mat does have a proud tradition of success. We have developed many champions (over 350 individual athletes from Welcome Mat have won U.S. national championships in judo, sambo, sport jujitsu, sumo and submission grappling and the technical expertise here is respected and recognized nationally. We take pride that our program offers instruction for all levels of interest.
Whether you want to become a competitive athlete, seek practical self-defense instruction or are looking for an interesting martial art to study, Welcome Mat has a lot to offer. Whatever your goals may be, you will find excellent training at Welcome Mat. Through the years, we have been successful in coaching people in judo, jujitsu, sambo, submission grappling, sumo and self-defense and have used these activities to instill positive values that make a difference in many lives. We offer a positive, open atmosphere, yet retain the traditional discipline that the martial arts emphasize. We have programs for adults and kids and welcome everyone to participate.
Welcome Mat is a community based program with club locations all across the Kansas City area. We offer top quality coaching and instruction for a fair and inexpensive financial cost. Welcome Mat offers training in a variety of facilities listed on the Clubs and Links page.
WELCOME MAT ATHLETES WIN MEDALS AT USA JUDO'S NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPICS
The Welcome Mat Junior Judo Team competed in a weekend of national and international judo tournaments held July 4-7, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.
WELCOME MAT CLUB LOCATIONS
We have Welcome Mat Clubs located across the entire Kansas City area. To find a club near you or for more information, click on either of our Welcome Mat logos below or go to our Clubs and Links page on this web site.
WELCOME MAT HOSTS U.S. OLYMPIAN NICK DELPOPOLO FOR A JUDO CLINIC
Welcome Mat hosted U.S. Judo Olympian Nick Delpopolo for a terrific judo clinc on June 9, 2013. Nick is known for his skill in throwing techniques and offered a lot of excellent coaching.
JUDO CLINICS WITH WORLD JUDO CHAMPION ANNMARIA DEMARS
WELCOME MAT AWARDS BANQUET
Two New Hall of Fame Members Inducted
Welcome Mat held its annual awards banquet on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at the Kansas City North Community Center. The first Welcome Mat Awards Banquet was held in 1972 and there has been one just about every year since. Kenney and Michelle Brink again did a terrific job hosting the banquet with this year's theme being the Hall of Fame. Speaking of the Hall of Fame, two people were inducted in the Welcome Mat Hall of Fame. Randy and Connie Brink were honored as the newest members of Welcome Mat's exclusive group of people in the Hall of Fame. They are the parents of Kenney Brink and Krisiti Brink who are already members, making the Brinks the first entire family to all be members of the Hall of Fame. A great group of about 125 people attended. Several other awards were also presented, including some promotions as well as the Harry Parker and Matt Gardner Memorial Awards.
MIDWEST SHINGITAI SELF-DEFENSE CAMP
FRIDAY/SATURDAY, JULY 11-12, 2014
MIDWEST SHINGITAI GRAPPLING CAMP
FRIDAY/SATURDAY, OCT. 3-4, 2014
WELCOME MAT ATHLETES WIN 5 MEDALS AT THE WJF GERMAN JUDO OPEN
Welcome Mat athletes representing the United States at the WJF German Open Judo Championships collected five medals. The tournament, held in Essen, Germany on June 8, 2013 attracted athletes from Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Serbia, Great Britain and the USA.
Derrick Darling-Gold Medal, 73 kg.
Sarah Schneider-Silver Medal, 56 kg.
Josh Henges-Bronze Medal, 81 kg.
Jake Pursely-Bronze Medal, 100 kg.
Travis Conley-Bronze Medal, 90 kg.
MIDWEST SHINGITAI JUJITSU TRAINING CAMP
Oct. 11-12, 2013
WELCOME MAT ATHLETES AND COACHES ATTEND THE NATIONAL SHINGITAI TRAINING CAMP
One of the best training camps in the United States for jujitsu, judo, sambo, submission grappling or self-defense is the yearly Shingitai Training Camp in Perrysville, Ohio. This past May, 2013, a large group of Welcome Mat athletes and coaches again attended this fantastic training camp.
JOHN SAYLOR CLINIC AT WELCOME MAT
John Saylor, the U.S. Olympic Training Center Judo coach from 1983-1991 and Director of the Shingitai Jujitsu Association, gave a terrific seminar on May 29 at Welcome Mat Elite in Prairie Village, Kansas. Coach Saylor has been a leading figure in jujitsu, submision grappling and judo in the United States for many years. He rarely does clinics these days and getting him here was a real treat.
Coach Saylor teaching a cross-grip throwing attack. Known for his functinal approach to judo and jujitsu, Coach Saylor offered real-world advice on how to win at any form of sport combat.
Hands on coaching was offered at the clinic. Here Coach Saylor works with Ben and Sho on Waki Gatame.
John Saylor and Steve Scott have been friends for over 35 years and it was a real pleasure to have John at Welcome Mat.
In the photo below, Nick offers some advice on breaking the balance for O Soto Gari to Welcome Mat Coach Mark Lozano and Clay Morales.
Clinics and camps are a great place to learn skills from some of the top athletes and coaches. Welcome Mat has hosted hundreds of clinics and camps featuring some of the best technicians available in judo, jujitsu, sambo and submisson grappling.
Nick's enthusiastic coaching style was appreciated by everyone including Wyatt and Destinee as Nick makes a point on the direction of throwing an opponent during the clinic at Welcome Mat.
U.S. Judo Olympian Nick Delpopolo (left), Welcome Mat Head Coach Steve Scott (center) and Welcome Mat Judo Coach Ken Brink (right). Thanks to Coach Ken Brink for arranging this great clinic.
MMA pro and Shingitai Jujitsu Coach Sean Daugherty offers some advice to Ben Goehrung at the Shingitai Training Camp in Perrysville, Ohio. Over 50 athletes and coaches from across the United States attended this camp held every year by John Saylor.
Derrick Darling with his gold medal on top of the podium with the athlete from the Netherlands in the silver medal spot and the athlete from Serbia with the bronze medal. Photo by Dr. Ivica Zdravkovic.
U.S. Team Coach Steve Scott (right) poses with Serbian Team Coach Dr. Ivica Zdravkovic.
Welcome Mat wins the Team Championship at the 2013 National AAU Freestyle Judo Championships.
Referee Becky Scott signals Ippon as Big Will Cook follows his opponent to the mat after throwing him with Ura Nage. The quality of judo at the 2013 AAU Freestyle Judo Nationals was outstanding.
National AAU Freestyle Judo Champions Jake Phillips, Will Cook and Derrick Darling.
Kan Geiko means Winter Training and is an old tradition in Kodokan Judo as well as many forms of jujitsu. A dozen or so hearty Welcome Mat members braved the cold to get one last workout in for 2013.
Coach Ken Brink with the 2013 Matt Gardner Memorial Award Winners as outstanding junior athletes Eddie Vera and Kyle Elliott.
The 2013 Harry Parker Memorial Award Winners as outstanding adult athletes Andre Coleman, Josh Sisson and Derrick Darling are flanked by Ken Brink and Steve Scott.
Randy and Connie Brink were inducted into the Welcome Mat Hall of Fame. This photo shows Steve Scott, Kristi Brink Barchers, Randy Brink, Connie Brink and Kenney Brink.
Andre Coleman presents a special award of gratitude from Welcome Mat to a very deserving Ken and Michelle Brink for everything they has done for the club in 2013.
A great group of over 125 people attended the 2013 Welcome Mat Awards Banquet at the Kansas City North Community Center.
Kan Geiko at Welcome Mat
Dec. 30, 2013
The top photo shows the Welcome Mat crew at the start of Kan Geiko.
The bottom photo shows the Welcome Mat crew at the end of Kan Geiko.
Photos by Mark Lozano.
The Welcome Mat team is shown here after the training camp. Some of the top jujitsu coaches in the United States were featured at this year's camp and our Welcome Mat team enjoyed the great experience.
Serious and hard training are always part of the Shingitai Camp and this year was no exception.
Welcome Mat Rocky Mountain and Shingitai Coach Jarrod Fobes coaches Joan and Julie on his speciality-leglocks-at the Shingitai Training Camp. Some of the top technicians in the United States were on hand to teach at this year's camp.
JP Pocock, a former top MMA pro and Shingitai Black Belt laces his training partner's leg as he applies a leglock. Catch wrestling, judo, jujitsu, sambo, submission grappling and Muay Thai were offered at this year's camp.
Gold Medal Jr. Olympic International Championships
Silver Medal Jr. Olympic International
U.S. National Jr. Olympics
North and Central America International Championships
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Dr. AnnMaria DeMars, the first U.S. judo athlete to win the World Judo Championships and mother of World Mixed Martial Arts Champion Ronda Rousey, conducted a series of training clinics at Welcome Mat on Sept. 28 and Sept. 30, 2013. AnnMaria, who lives in the Los Angeles area, has been friends with Welcome Mat's Steve and Becky Scott for many years. AnnMaria coached a general clinic for kids and adults on Friday, Sept. 28 and a more specialized clinic on armlocks and groundfighting on Monday, Sept. 30.
"Kids are the future of judo." World Champion AnnMaria DeMars takes extra time to help children learn the correct and fundamental skills of judo.
Two longtime friends and team-mates get to visit with each other. Welcome Mat's Becky Scott, 1983 World Sambo Champion and 1983 Pan American Games Champion and AnnMaria DeMars, 1984 World Judo Champion and 1983 Pan American Games Champion managed to relax and enjoy each other's company while AnnMaria was in Kansas City.
A strong advocate for women's judo, AnnMaria DeMars gives some advice to young female judo athletes.
"Fundamentals are important.
They win judo matches!"
A large group of between 50 to 60 people attended the Friday night clinic. This photo shows Dr. DeMars getting the group ready for a training drill.
"There is no place safe on this mat!"
AnnMaria DeMars emphasized her philosophy on winning matches. The Monday night clinic was all business as AnnMaria DeMars ran the Welcome Mat adult athletes through some effective drill-training and skill development work. A master of Juji Gatame (the Cross-body Armlock), AnnMaria taught the group how to aggressively win on the mat as well as some of the specific skills she used to become the first American judo athlete to win the World Judo Championship.
In keeping with Welcome Mat's efforts to offer the best learning and training opportunities possible, the first Midwest Shingitai Training Camp was held Oct. 11-12, 2013 at Welcome Mat Elite in Prairie Village, Kansas. Jujitsu, sambo, Muay Thai, freestyle judo, boxing and catch wrestling were featured.
The training camp was organized by Derrick Darling. Nationally-recognized Muay Thai Coach Ty Pilgrim conducted a terrific Muay Thai and MMA clinic. Jarrod Fobes came in from Denver and taught leglocks. Welcome Mat Elite Boxing Coach Louis Pena did a fantastic boxing clinic and Welcome Mat head coach Steve Scott was on hand to coach as were Welcome Mat coaches Derrick Darling and Josh Henges.
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Welcome Mat offers a variety of educational and training programs for its members. This photo shows some of the graduates of Welcome Mat's recent Renjuku leadership training program with Head coach Steve Scott at the graduation banquet held Nov. 2, 2013.
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2014 NATIONAL SHINGITAI CAMP WILL BE MAY 17-18 IN PERRYSVILLE,OHIO
2014 JOHN SAYLOR SHINGITAI SELF-DEFENSE WEEKEND WORKSHOP
FRIDAY/SATURDAY, JULY 11-12, 2014
WELOME MAT ELITE (90 AND ROE)
PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KANSAS
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"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
Welcome Mat is a complete judo and martial arts club. We offer coaching for every level of interest from beginner to black belt to international-level athlete.
Judo, Jujitsu and the martial arts are the tools that our coaches use to help our students and athletes become better people as well as martial artists. We don't pick and choose only the "best" athletes and ignore everyone else. Our name-Welcome Mat-was chosen because it reflects what we do in our program. We genuinely welcome people to come and train with us in a variety of martial arts; Judo, Jujitsu, Sumo, Sambo, Muay Thai, Karate, Submission Grappling and Self-Defense.
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