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 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 and submission grappling 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 that has purposely housed itself in community centers and other public places since its inception.  It is our intention to offer top quality coaching and instruction for a fair and inexpensive financial cost.  We attempt to keep our prices low by offering excellent instruction through participating community centers and other facilities. 

The WelcomeMatStore is our latest innovation in providing the best grappling and training resources for our members. You can purchase all your gear here for classes you attend at your local Welcome Mat location. Additionally, if you're a friend of Welcome Mat or a previous Welcome Mat member that has moved away from the KC area you can buy Welcome Mat merchandise at our store. 

Sambo Encyclopedia NOW AVAILABLE!

I can't remember the last time I was this excited about a book coming out! Sambo Encyclopedia is Steve Scott's latest book on grappling and boy does it deliver! At 332...

Vital Jujitsu NOW AVAILABLE!

I don't know about you, but I am always excited when Steve Scott puts out a new book. This latest offering from Coach Scott is also co authored by John...

Check out our latest instructional video on YouTube!

Steve Scott, Head Coach of Welcome Mat Judo and Jujitsu has posted an online video demonstrating the Cradle Kesa Gatame defense against an closed guard. Derrick Darling walks you through...