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.
Derrick Darling Wins Silver Medal at World Sambo Championships
The Welcome Mat Junior Judo Team won a total of 9 Medals at the 2015 National and International Junior Olympic Championships. Coaches Ken Brink, Kirk Quinones and Andre Coleman are shown with the team.
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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
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Welcome Mat Athletes Win at USA Judo Senior National Championships
Trevor Elliott at the top of the podium in the Men's Heavyweight class.
Welcome Mat athletes Trevor and Kyle Elliott won the Gold and Bronze medal respectively at the 2015 USA Judo Senionr National Championships in the Brown Belt category. Trevor won the Gold Medal in the Men's Heavyweight category and Kyle won the Bronze Medal in the Men's 143 lbs. category. Congratulations to the Elliott brothers and to Welcome Mat Head Judo Coach Ken Brink.
Kyle Elliott Bronze Medal, Coach Ken Brink and Trevor Elliott, Gold Medal, at USA Judo Senior Nationals
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 9 MEDALS AT THE USA JUDO JUNIOR NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS JUNE 26-28, 2015 IN IRVING, TEXAS
Kyle Elliott, 3rd from left on the podium in the Men's 143 class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visit our new web site for the Judo Black Belt Associaton
Welcome Mat's Derrick Darling won the Silver Medal at the World Sambo Championships for Veterans Oct. 24, 2015 in Israel. CONGRATULATIONS DERRICK
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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 Ken Brink, Head Judo Coach, (816) 969-9019 or (816) 969-9020.
SAMBO, JUDO, JUJITSU, MMA OR
GRAPPLING Derrick Darling at (816) 456-5735.
JUJITSU Visit our Club Locations page to view the many excellent Welcome Mat Jujitsu club coaches and locations.
SUMO Andre Coleman, Head Sumo Coach, Visit our Club Locations page.