Welcome Mat Elite Martial Arts

Welcome Mat Elite Martial Arts

Judo, Jujitsu, Submission Grappling, Kickboxing, Boxing, and Wrestling Instruction


The emphasis at Welcome Mat is on functional, realistic training based on solid fundamentals. Elite-level skill is fundamentals performed to their potential. The Welcome Mat training philosophy is based on 3 factors of Shingitai Jujitsu:

  1. Shin (Mental Altertness, Fighting Heart and Sportsmanship)
  2. Gi (Functional, Realistic Technical Skill)
  3. Tai (Physical Fitness and Healthy Life Habits)

The Shingitai concept of training was devleoped in Japan in the 1930s. Yoshisada Yonezuka used this philosophy of training as a coach and taught it to John Saylor. It was John Saylor who did more work and developed the Shingitai approach to training that we have embraced here at Welcome Mat and used for many years.

Click here for class descriptions. Please email info@welcomematelite.com for information on any of our classes.


Boxing Fundamentals. 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Coach: Louis Pena

Boxing Fitness. 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Coach: Louis Pena

Muay Thai. 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Coach: Chaz


Dance Fitness. 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Coach: Natalie Magee

Kids Judo and Jujitsu. 6:00pm to 6:30pm. Coach: Derrick Darling and John Thayne

Judo and Jujitsu. 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Coach: Derrick Darling


Judo and Jujitsu. 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Coach: Jake Pursely

Boxing Fundamentals. 4:00pm to 5:30pm. Coach: Louis Pena

Boxing Fitness. 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Coach: Louis Pena

Jujitsu (No Gi). 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Coach: Derrick Darling


FitJitsu®. 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Coach: Mark Thomlinson

Jujitsu. 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Coach: Steve Scott


Boxing Fundamentals. 4:00pm to 5:30pm. Coach: Louis Pena

Boxing Fitness. 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Coach: Louis Pena


Muay Thai Bootcamp. 11:30am to 12:30pm. Coach: Derrick Darling

MMA Sparring (FREE). 1:00pm to 2:00pm.

Open Mat (FREE). 2:00pm to 4:00pm.


Russian Sambo. 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Coach: Steve Scott and Derrick Darling

Womens Beginning Fitness. 3:00pm to 4:00pm. Coach: John Thayne


This early morning class will help you get your day started off right! Come in and put yourself through this early a.m. cardio/strength & conditioning circuit and you'll be ready for whatever else the day can throw at you.


Boxing Fundamentals

Boxing whether Amature or Professional, has been a very popular sport in America for the past 100 years. Students will learn the basics and fundaments of Boxing, as well as develop their boxing footwork, stamina, and cardiovascular health. Students are encouraged to come to practice at any time during the scheduled practice.

Boxing Fitness

Students will learn the basics of boxing while developing the stamina necessary for a boxing. This class is perfect for someone looking to lose weight, improve their cardio, or get active.

Dance Fitness

A combination Jazz warm up with stretching and toning movements, combined with fun dance moves.

FitJitsu® - Jujitsu Compound Circuit Training Class

Featuring circuit training, stretches, and exercises utilized by Jujitsu, Judo, and other grappling athletes. The exercises focus on strengthening your core, legs, butt, and back; all necessary components for being a strong grappler. The compound circuits are also designed to build cardiovascular health while burning calories.

Kids Kodokan Judo

Judo is a great sport for kids of all ages as well as an excellent phyical activity that can be used for self-defense. More than simply a sport, judo is an excellent method of physical education and recreation teaching discipline, self-confidence and maturity.

Kodokan Judo

Kodokan Judo is more than just a sport. It is an excellent approach to physical education and a great workout. All aspects of Kodokan Judo, will be presented, including throws, takedowns, breakdowns, pinning, groundfighting, and submissions.

Muay Thai

The art of striking with both the hands and feet has it's roots in the Thai style of Muay Thai, but western styles of what has become known generally as Kickboxing have become increasingly popular in the last 20 years. Students will learn the basics of using their fists and legs to defend themselves, as well as develop their kickboxing footwork, stamina, and cardiovascular health.

Muay Thai Bootcamp

Come and practice kickboxing the way the Thais do. Increase your stamina, cardio, and striking skills while getting into fighting shape.

Open Mat Practice

FREE CLASS. Open Mat is a supervised, but unstructered practice. Everyone is welcome to come and practice during open mat, regardless of style or martial art. No techniques are taught, but students are encouraged to practice on their own or "roll" with a partner. Judo, Jujitsu, and Grappling are all practiced and encouraged. Just find a space and/or partner and go for it.

Shingitai Jujitsu

Shingitai Jujitsu emphasizes serious, effective groundfighting with the emphasis on submission techniques along with throws and takedowns for a well-rounded approach to sport combat and self-defense.

Sparring Practice

FREE CLASS. Come out and practice your MMA sparring. All are welcome.

Jujitsu (No Gi)

No Gi Jujitsu or Submission Grappling has a rich history in America, starting with early forms of folk wrestling such as Catch as Catch Can Wrestling and Hook and Collar, and progressing to modern No Gi Jujitsu and Catch Wrestling. Submission Grappling focuses on a no gi approach to takedowns, throws, and submissions. Get your opponent on the ground and get them to give up, that is the goal. Submission Grappling differenciates itself from other forms of grappling in its scope. It is grappling at it's simplist and most encompassing form, no extra equipment or rule limitations to worry about--all forms of throwing, takedowns, trips, and lifts are taught. Joints locks incorporating ankles, feet, legs, arms and the neck are taught. Strangles and chokes are taught.


The word "SAMBO" is an acronym for SAMooborona Bez Oruzhiya, which literally translates as "self-defense without weapons". Sambo is relatively modern since its development began in the early 1920s by the Soviet Red Army to improve their hand-to-hand combat abilities. Intended to be a merger of the most effective techniques of other martial arts, Sambo has roots in Japanese Judo, international styles of wrestling, plus traditional folk styles of ethnic belt wrestling. Sambo is a rough and tumble sport mimicking the merger of Judo and Wrestling. Arm and leg locks are utilized, as are pins, but chokes are excluded.