Welcome Mat Elite Martial Arts

Welcome Mat Elite Martial Arts

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

Coaching Staff

Welcome Mat Elite intructors are world class athletes and coaches. Their resumes are filled with State, Regional, National, and International titles. They have coached athletes to State, Regional, National, and International titles. Each has experience teaching in a variety of situations, from Self Defense applications to Recreational Martial Arts to Competitive Athletics. Our Instructors provide the best and most well rounded instruction in the Overland Park area.
Steve Scott
Head Instructor, Grappling
CLASSES: Judo, Jujitsu, and Russian Sambo
Steve Scott started the Welcome Mat Judo and Jujitsu Club on Sept. 3, 1969.
Steve is a Shichidan (7th Grade Black Belt) in Shingitai Jujitsu and Kodokan Judo.
"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."
Steve Scott
Derrick Darling
Coach, Grappling
CLASSES: Judo, Jujitsu, and Russian Sambo
3rd Grade Black Belt in Shingitai Jujitsu
3rd Grade Black Belt in Kodokan Judo
Graduate - Shingitai College
2x WOMAA World Games Champion (multiple divisions)
2009 FILA Grappling World Championships, Member of Team USA
PJU Pan American Judo Masters Champion
PJU Pan American Judo Championships Silver Medalist
2x WJF German Open of Judo Champion
5x AAU Judo First Team All American
4x AAU Freestyle Judo National Champion
2x AAU Freestyle Judo National Masters Champion
AAU Judo National Champion
2x AAU Freestyle Judo Midwest Regional Champion
AAU Judo Missouri Valley Regional Champion
2x AAU Judo Missouri State Champion
2x AAU Freestyle Judo Missouri State Champion
Missouri State BJJ Champion
Arnold Classic Judo Tournament Champion
Derrick throwing with Uchi Mata.
Louis Pena
Head Coach, Boxing
CLASSES: Boxing, Cardio Boxing
10-4 Professional Boxing Record
Louis Pena
Jake Pursley
Coach, Grappling
CLASSES: Judo, Jujitsu
1st Grade Black Belt in Shingitai Jujitsu
1st Grade Black Belt in Kodokan Judo
Graduate - Shingitai College
WOMAA World Games Champion
3x AAU Judo All-American
AAU Freestyle Judo National Champion
AAU Freestyle Judo Missouri State Champion
Jake throwing Harai Goshi.
John Thayne
Instructor, Grappling
CLASSES: Kids Judo
3rd Grade Brown Belt in Shingitai Jujitsu
3rd Grade Brown Belt in Kodokan Judo
Graduate - Shingitai College
AAU Freestyle Judo National Champion
John Thayne
Mark Thomlinson
Instructor, Fitness
CLASSES: FitJitsu and Bootcamp
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Mark Thomlinson