Mission & Values
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. The NOLA edition is a growing club formed by Head Coach Andre Coleman, a native of LaPlace.
Andre Coleman started under Steve Scott and worked his way to his black belt in Judo. Andre has compete nationally in Judo and internationally in grappling. However, his love for Sumo Wrestling took him to a whole other level of martial arts, and with the help and encouragement of his Coaches, Steve Scott, Brett Holder, and Kenny Brink, he opened the most successful Sumo club in the Midwest region. Andre has compete in sumo internationally and nationally and held the lightweight champion spot several years in a row.
Now he is back in his hometown LaPlace Louisiana and is determined to continue the tradition of excellence that Welcome Mat brings.
"I started Welcome Mat in 1969 with the idea that everyone is welcome to train with us. Perfection may not be possible, but excellence is, and if you want to achieve excellence, please join us at Welcome Mat."