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.
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 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.
"Small things make big things happen." Our coaches want you to learn excellent skills. Patient attention to detail makes a difference. This video shows Coach Ken Brink teaching a judo combination throwing technique.
DERRICK DARLING WINS 2014 NATIONAL SAMBO TITLE
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, 2014, a large group of Welcome Mat athletes and coaches again attended this fantastic training camp.
Welcome Mat will host an intensive technical weekend training camp that will focus on the individual needs of each athlete and coach attending. Athletes and coaches from several states will attend. Steve Scott, Welcome Mat's Head Coach, will teach at all the training sessions as will Ken Brink, Derrick Darling, Mike Pennington, JT Thayne, Sandi Harrelson and other Welcome Mat coaches.
Hands on and expert coaching will be offered at the clinic. This video shows an effective guard sweep series.
All aspects of grappling will be offered at this unique training camp. No other camp in the Midwest offers this type of training.
MMA pro and Shingitai Jujitsu Coach Sean Daugherty offers some advice to JT Thayne and Mike Pennington. Over 50 athletes and coaches from across the United States attended this camp held every year by John Saylor in Perrysville, Ohio.
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 with John Saylor. 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.
Mike Hallman coaches how to control an opponent with Dr. Scott Sobel. Serious and hard training are always part of the Shingitai Camp and this year was no exception.
Bob Corwin, one of America's all-time great judo coaches offers some coaching tips on Juji Gatame to two young athletes. Some of the top technicians in the United States were on hand to teach at this year's camp.
John Saylor, SJA Director and former Head Coach at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, intently coaches the group at this year's camp. Shingitai Jujitsu is a no-nonsense approach to both self-defense and sport grappling.
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.
Derrick Darling won the Gold Medal in his weight class at the SomboJoe Nationals in Chillicothe, Ohio on Aug. 16, 2014. This is one of the most prestigious sambo tournaments in the United States.
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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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2015 NATIONAL SHINGITAI CAMP WILL BE THE FIRST WEEKEND IN MAY IN PERRYSVILLE,OHIO
2014 WELCOME MAT SHINGITAI WEEKEND TRAINING CAMP
FRIDAY/SATURDAY, OCT. 24-25, 2014
JUDO, SHINGITAI JUJITSU
SAMBO, SUBMISSION GRAPPLING
WELOME MAT TRAINING CENTER
9216 MARSHALL DR. (95 and I-35)
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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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WELCOME MAT ATHLETES EXCEL AT 2014 MISSOURI VALLEY JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Welcome Mat Coaching Staff Ken Brink, Kirk Quinones and Mark Lozano pose with the Welcome Mat athletes at the 2014 Missouri Valley/DDD Spring Judo Championships in Grandview, Missouri.
The 61st annual Missouri Valley AAU Judo Championships was held April 26, 2014 in Grandview, Missouri. Hosted by DDD Judo Club, this tournament also was the annual DDD Spring Judo Championships. Thanks to Mike Russell, Kayoko Abernathy, Brian Hanson and Chris McLish for making this tournament a real success.
WELCOME MAT TEAM RESULTS
GOLD; Johnnie Shepard, William St. Louis, Max McKillip, Aniya Coleman, Kyle Elliot, Steve. SILVER; Noah Carroll, Victoria St. Louis, Riley McKillip. BRONZE; Carson Mills, Payton Mills, Logan Dawson, Nathan Allison, Cam McKillip. FOURTH; Brooke Shepard.
All photos by Mark Lozano.
The Missouri Valley Championships is known for its spectacular action and this year's tournament certainly provided some excellent-and exciting-judo. As in recent years, the AAU Freestyle Judo rules were used and produced some technically excellent and skillful judo action.
WORLD JUDO CHAMPION ANNMARIA DEMARS
JUDO CLINIC AT WELCOME MAT
Sept. 28-29, 2013
AnnMaria DeMars, World Judo Champion and mother of World MMA Champion Ronda Rousey again visited Welcome Mat and did another terrific judo clinic. AnnMaria is a lifelong friend of Welcome Mat founder Steve Scott and his wife Becky.
Welcome Mat at the Midwest Asian Martial Arts and Cultural Festival
Welcome Mat had a booth at the Midwest Asian Festival where over 2,000 people visited. Items for sale as well as educational materials were available to the public.
Every Asian country was represented at the Midwest Asian Festival that was held April 26, 2014 at Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park, Kansas.
Welcome Mat provided demonstrations in Judo, Shingitai Jujitsu, Sumo and Muay Thai. Many thanks to Coach Eric Millsap and his Shingitai Jujitsu team, Andre Coleman and his Sumo team, Sandi Quenelle and the Judo team and Derrick Darling and JT Thayne for the Muay Thai demonstrations.
WELCOME MAT'S JOSH SISSON WINS USA JUDO NATIONALS-QUALFIES FOR WORLD TEAM
Josh Sisson won his second straight national judo title in the 145 pound blind category on May 3, 2014 in Irving, Texas and qualified for the U.S. Team that will compete at the World Judo Championships for Paralympics later this year.
Solid technical skills in judo, jujitsu, sambo and other combat sports are taught at Welcome Mat. This video shows some key elements on Juji Gatame (Cross-Body Armlock.)
Shingitai Jujitsu is a comprehensive approach to both self-defense and grappling. This video shows Jarrod Fobes teaching key elements of a leglock.
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. Coach Derrick Darling teaches a throw to a leglock.
Welcome Mat offers innovative coaching and is on the cutting edge of technical development in judo, jujitsu, sambo and submission grappling. This video presents an effective move we developed at Welcome Mat and named the Russian Drag.
ANDRE COLEMAN WINS NATIONAL SUMO CHAMPIONSHIP-QUALIFIES FOR WORLD TEAM
Welcome Mat's Andre Coleman won the Gold Medal in the lightweight class at the U.S. Sumo Nationals in Jackson Hole, Wyoming June 14 and will compete in the World Sumo Championships in Taiwan in August.
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.
Top left; Derrick holding his opponent in the final match. Above; Derrick with his hand raised. Left; Derrick with the Silver and Bronze Medal winners. Below; Derrick with meet officials and Coach Scott. Former World Champion Chico Hernandez and Meet Director Joe Neely are at left in photo.