WELCOME MAT HALL OF FAME

WELCOME MAT JUDO JUJITSU SAMBO
THE WELCOME MAT HALL OF FAME

     Welcome Mat  has a long, proud and honorable history with athletes and coaches  who have competed, trained and coached all over the world since 1969.  Welcome Mat members have competed in judo, sambo, sport jujitsu and submission grappling at all levels, from local tournaments to the Olympic Games.  Each person selected to this exclusive group has made a positive and lasting impression and represented Welcome Mat with honor, fighting spirit and skill.
BECKY SCOTT
World Sambo Champion; Pan American Games Gold Medal Winner; U.S. National Champion in both Judo and Sambo; Gold Medal Winner in the U.S. Olympic Festival; National Ladder Tournament Champion; Medal winner in numerous international judo championships.; World Judo Championship Team Alternate for the 1st World Women's Judo Championships in 1980; U.S. Team Coach at the World (Under 21) Judo Championships; Coach at numerous national judo training camps held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and other national and international training camps. Becky was a pioneer in women's judo in the early 1970s and was one of the athletes who paved the way for other female atheltes to follow. With over 550 career wins, Becky was, and continues to be, highly respected for her fighting spirit and skill.
 
JAN TRUSSELL
World Sambo Champion; Pan American Games Gold Medal Winner; U.S. National Champino in both Judo and Sambo; Gold Medal Winner in the U.S. Olympic Festival; National ladder Tournament Champion; Pacific Rim Judo Champion; Member of the U.S. Team at the World Judo Championships; Medal winner in numerous international judo championships.  
 
KENNEY BRINK
World (Under 21) Sambo Championships-Bronze Medal; National Junior Judo Champion many times; gold medal winner in numerous international judo champtionships; National High School Judo Champion; National Junior Sambo Champion, National Senior Sambo Championships-Silver Medal; 4th-Pan American Championships; Member of the Judo Squad at the U.S. Olympic Training Center; Junior Judo All-American. Kenney holds the club record for most matches in one day (14 wins-1 loss and the gold medal) and the USJF Junionr Nationals.  Kenney also has more career wins (over 1,000) than any other Welcome Mat athlete.
 
CHRIS HECKADON
World Sambo Champion; National Sambo Champion in both the senior and junior categories;  AAU Judo 145 lbs. and Grand Champion; National AAU Freestyle Judo Champion; Winner of the Millinium Man Submission Grappling Championship at the Arnold Shwarzenegger Classic; Varsity Collegeiate Wrestler; National High School Judo Champion; National Junior Olympic Judo Champion; Junior Judo All-American. 
 
CORINNA WEST
1996 Olympic Games-U.S. Team Member; National Champion in both judo and sambo; Pan American Games Silver Medal in judo; Pan American Championships Gold medal in sambo; National High School Judo Champion; National Collegiate Judo Champion; National Junior Olympic Judo Champion; Medal winner in numerous international judo championships; National Medal Winner in Freestyle Wrestling; Junior Judo All-American; Member of the Judo Squad at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EVETTE TAYLOR
World (Under 21) Sambo Shampionships-Bronze Medal; Multi-time National Junior Judo Champion, USJI Junior All-American, Multi-time National AAU Junior Sambo Champion.  




SHAWN WATSON
National Collegiate Judo Champion; National Shingitai Jujitsu Champion; National AAU Sambo Champion; National AAU Judo Champion; Silver Medal at the USA Judo Nationals; Member-U.S. Team at the World (Under 21) Judo Championships; Gold Medal-CNE International Judo Championships, Toronto, Canada; Bronze Medal-Benito Juarez International Judo Games, Mexico; Member of many U.S. international judo teams.  


WARREN FRANK
World Sambo Championships-Silver Medal; National High School Judo Champion; National Junior Judo Champion; National AAU Sambo Champion; International Gold Medal Winner in numerous judo tournaments; USJI Junior All-American. 




MATT GARDNER
National Junior Judo Champion; National Junior Sambo Champion.  Matt was one the most well-liked and talented athletes at Welcome Mat until his tragic death at the age of 15.  Truly a tragic loss, Matt Gardner will be missed.


JIM SCHNEWEIS
National AAU Sambo Champion; Missouri Valley and Midwest Open Sambo Champion; Missouri State Games Judo Champion.  Jim served as the Head Wrestling Coach at Bishop Ward and Platte City High Schools for many years and developed many state high school wrestling champions in both Kansas and Missouri. 

HARRY PARKER
National Silver Medal Winner; Missouri State Judo Champion; Kansas State Judo Champion; Missouri Valley AAU Judo Champion. Head Coach of Bushidokan Dojo, Harry Parker was a grat friend of Welcome Mat for many years before his untimely death.


Randy Patton
National Champion at the Senior level in judo, sport jujitsu and sambo; National Masters' Champion in judo, sport jujitsu and sambo; Internattional Gold Medal Winner.
JOE ROBERTS
U.S. Senior National Medal Winner; National Champion at the Junior, High School and collegiate levels. International medal winner; Member of the U.S. Team at the World University Games; USJI Junior All American.
 
BILL WEST
National medal winner in Junior, High School and Collegiate levels.  International medal winner. National AAU Judo Champion. USJI Junior All American.
 
 
KEVIN COX
Natinoal Junior Judo Champion and medal winner numerous times; USJI All American.
 
 
SANDI QUENELLE HARRELSON
U.S. National Sambo Champion and Masters' Judo Champion.
 
 
KEN CABEAN
U.S. National Sambo Champion, Missouri State Judo Chapion, Midwest Open Sambo Champion.
RICHARD LAZOTT
National Judo champion at the High School, Collegiate and Senior levels. Member of the 1990 World (Under 21) Judo Team.  USJI Junior All American.
 
 
BRYAN POTTER
National High School Judo Champion and International Gold Medal Winner, USJI Junior All American; Won numerous medals in national judo competition.
 
 
CHARLES GARCIA
National (Under 21) Sambo Champion and Senior Silver Medal Winner. National Junior Judo Champion numerous times.
 
 
ADRIAN GARCIA
National Junior Judo Champion numerous times. 
 
 
 
JOHN OLSON
Midwest Judo Champion known for his technical skill. One of Welcome Mat's first Black Belts. Now an M.D. and Ph.D.
WILLIAM QUENELLE
National Sports Show Medal Winner; Missouri State Judo Champion.
 
 
 
LARRY JINKS
National Junior Champion in both judo and sambo. Missouri State Judo Champion.
 
 
STEVE SODEN
National Junior Judo Champion; National Junior Sambo Champion; Missouri State Judo Champion.
 
GENE SMITH
National High School Judo Champion, National AAU Judo Champion and one of the most popular Welcome Mat athletes ever.
 
 
 
SASCHA TAGHIZADA
National High School Judo Champion; National Junior Judo Champion.
 
TOM ALEJOS
U.S. National Medal Winner and National Masters Judo Champion.
 
 
KELVIN KNISELY
National AAU Judo Champion many times and National AAU Freestyle Judo Champion.; AAU All American; USJI National Master's Judo Champion; International Gold Medal Winner.
 
 
BOB RITTMAN
National AAU Masters' Judo Champion and Missouri State Judo Champion.
 
 
KIRK QUINONES
National AAU Medal Winner; Missouri State Judo Champion.
 
 
 
 
GARY IDLEBURG
National AAU Sambo Champion; National Masters Judo Champion.
STEVE SCOTT
Founder and Head Coach of Welcome Mat Judo and Jujitsu Club
 
 
 
 
KRISTI BRINK BARCHERS
National Junior Judo Champion and USJI Junior All American.
 
 
 
LARRY LEIN AND CHRIS LEIN
Larry and Chris Lein are leading experts in law enforcement defensive tactics. Chris is a National Junior Sambo Champion and Larry is a Natinal AAU Masters' Judo Champion.
 
RANDY AND CONNIE BRINK 
This photo shows Kristi Brink Barchers, Randy Brink, Connie Brink and Kenney Brink. Randy and Connie Brink have been devoted and valued members of Welcome Mat since 1978 and have tirelessly supported Welcome Mat that entire time.