Premier Martial Arts Facility for Children!
Welcome to the Lincoln Karate Clinic
We are home to the area’s finest martial artists in the karate style of Taishin Karate. At this school you will be welcomed into a group of fine young people from all different backgrounds. We specialize in training children and youth whom train in their specialized classes in this place we call a dojo.
Karate students from all different backgrounds enjoy learning karate, ancient weapons and self-defense while maintaining the highest of standards in the martial arts.
We once again welcome you to the Lincoln Karate Clinic and hope you will spend some time reading about us and visiting our website. Also, we invite you at anytime to join our ongoing classes and begin your journey with us in Taishin Karate!
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There are many aspects that separate our karate school from other schools and activities. Review this list and realize that the Lincoln Karate Clinic is much more than a place where students learn to kick and punch; rather we strive to change people’s lives by providing each student with an emotional and physical journey to learn and experience all that karate has to offer.
The Mission of a Martial Artist
- To Endure, to sweat, to pay the price
- To push beyond all known limits
- To better oneself as well as others.
- To fight only for the positive choice.
- To defend against what is harmful.
- To pave the way so that others may follow.
- This is the quest of a true fighter. This is the spirit of karate.
At LKC you will find:
- Lincoln’s Premier Martial Arts Facility for Children
- Traditional Karate for the modern day student!
- Home to the acclaimed K.I.C.K.S. Program!
- All Instructors are personally trained by Mr. Scott Walls.
- Mr. Walls is a Nationally Certified Mental Health Counselor
- LKC keeps First Aid supplies on hand.
- Self-defense/stranger danger in every single class!
- Anti bullying and character enhancement lessons.
- Referral rewards program for current students.
- Basic, intermediate, advanced and specialty programs.
- LKC has an AED machine available during all classes.
- Mr. Walls is trained and licensed to work with children, teens and adults with mental health, behavioral, learning and developmental issues.
- LKC is independently owned and operated.
- A very safe, clean and friendly environment.
- Monthly, informative newsletter for all students.
- A non competitive atmosphere where everyone participates.
- Student need based curriculum. We teach material that students need.
- LKC frequently conducts school fundraisers!
In the News
Lincoln Karate Clinic Celebrating 18 years of Excellence!
In October of 1998, the Lincoln Karate Clinic began operations and ever since then has been going strong! Celebrating 18 years of success, the Lincoln Karate Clinic (LKC) provides unique and innovative martial arts education services for children and adolescents for a variety of needs and interests. Some kids need an activity that they can be involved in to help them get in shape or perhaps become more focused. Other kids simply want to be in a fun activity and yet others need to learn value life skills such as goal setting, how to deal with bullies and self-defense in the modern day!
LKC offers programs for kids ages 4-5yrs, 6-8yrs, and 9yrs and up with each group having a separate class time. Classes are based on three primary areas: Karate techniques and exercises, character development and self-defense/awareness training.
The KICKS Program is designed as a counseling/karate training program for kids with behavioral and emotional issues. With several options available, this program has provided a beneficial, therapeutic and life changing program for youth (and their families) with behavioral issues and emotional concerns.
LKC is selective about enrolling students and a trial course is initiated to insure that students will enjoy their experience in karate and parents are confident that their kids will be provided the very best in education in regards to karate, self-defense and character development. The karate school and the programs were developed by Scott Walls, a nationally certified clinical mental health counselor and state licensed independent mental health practitioner. The programs developed are based on needs of kids and the programs at LKC are not found anywhere else. LKC is encouraging interested parents to call 402-483-KICK or access the website at www.lincolnkarate.org for more information.
by Anne Blankenbiller / for Star City Sports
Joe Slattery can still remember his very first class at the Lincoln Karate Clinic. It was nearly 10 years ago, and he was a preschooler who saw the karate class through the window as he and his dad drove by on South 70th Street.
He begged his dad to stop so he could go in and check it out. When they walked in, Slattery says everyone invited him to jump right in and give it a try. “It was a blast,” he says. Today, Slattery is an eighth-grade student at Schoo Middle School — and a first-degree black belt, having attained the coveted rank in August 2015.
He is currently working toward his second-degree black belt and plans to test for it in June 2017.
LKC founder and Sensei Scott Walls is confident in Slattery’s ability to achieve this challenging level.
Earning a black belt at LKC is no easy task. According to Walls, there are three primary components involved in earning a black belt (and beyond) at his school: strong character, excellent physical martial arts skills and a strong knowledge of his self-defense program, including bullying, child predator awareness training and physical self-defense skills.
Walls says, “Joe excels in all of these areas.” Slattery is currently in the Cobras class and also takes weekly DX (Dragons Extreme) and Warriors classes at LKC. He plans to continue taking classes as long as he can and hopes to someday work at LKC and possibly help teach younger students.
Slattery says the welcoming and positive environment he first experienced at LKC is one of the reasons he has enjoyed taking classes for the last 10 years. He appreciates the way Walls and his staff have a constructive way of helping students learn the right way to do things and improve their skills.
“When I was a kid I used to keep to myself a lot,” says Slattery. He believes his experience at LKC was a changing point for him. Over time, Slattery says taking classes at LKC has improved his confidence and taught him about setting goals and working hard to achieve them.
Walls says Slattery is a natural leader. “Having known Joe since he was very young, it has been great to watch him grow into a young man that people want to follow,” he adds.
Peaceful, Yet Capable
Walls says although Slattery is physically quite strong and a capable athlete, he is very peaceful and does his best to avoid conflicts and tends to even avoid the potential of conflicts.
“This attribute is at the very heart of this system of karate (Taishin), which is about being a peaceful, yet capable warrior,” says Walls.
In additional to karate, Slattery is a high-achieving student and participates in the University of Nebraska’s NHRI leadership mentoring program. He also plays in the band and swims on a summer team.
Lincoln Karate Clinic Encouraging Interested Kids to Give Karate a Try!
The Lincoln Karate Clinic (LKC) provides unique and innovative martial arts education services for children and adolescents for a variety of needs and interests. Some kids need an activity that they can be involved in to help them get in shape or perhaps become more focused. Other kids simply want to be in a fun activity and yet others need to learn value life skills such as goal setting, how to deal with bullies and self-defense in the modern day!
LKC offers the following programs for kids:
Tigers (4/5): Classes geared for 4 and 5 year old students. These classes are geared towards the needs of 4 and 5 year olds and these kids will learn the basics of karate, exercise and playing with others in a structured environment. Classes run in 4 week sessions so students can join and then re-join at other times that are more convenient.
Tigers: This comprehensive program is for students age 6-8 and is based on three primary components of martial arts techniques, self-defense for children and character education. This program has been specifically tailored and was built with children’s needs in mind. None of the curriculum is used in adult programs anywhere!
Dragons: Our karate program for kids 9 years and up is centered on learning the basic concepts of karate as well as the anti-bullying program exclusively available at LKC. Dragons participate in learn drills that incorporate modern day exercises, modern day karate and innovative methods of self-defense that kids can utilize in a safe manner.
LKC is selective about enrolling students and a trial course is initiated to insure that students will enjoy their experience in karate and parents are confident that their kids will be provided the very best in education in regards to karate, self-defense and character development. LKC provide a non-competitive environment in which all learners can excel and will also be challenged to be their very best in karate, at school and at home!
The karate school and the programs were developed by Scott Walls, a nationally certified clinical mental health counselor and state licensed independent mental health practitioner. The programs developed are based on needs of kids and the programs at LKC are not found anywhere else. LKC is encouraging interested parents to call 402-483-KICK or access the website at www.lincolnkarate.org for more information.
Lincoln Karate Clinic pushes student out of his comfort zone and into a black belt
by Anne Blankenbiller / for Star City Sports
Who would think that a haircut at five years old could change the course of your life?
It did for Nicholas Hemphill.
After getting a haircut next door to Lincoln Karate Clinic, Hemphill’s mother, Taryn Long, let her curious kindergartner peek in the windows of the dojo.
“I thought it looked pretty cool seeing all those kids doing those cool things,” says Hemphill.
Classes were just getting over at the time, but Lincoln Karate Clinic founder and Sensei Scott Walls saw them and invited them in. After showing them around and explaining a few things about his program, Walls let young Hemphill break a board. After that, he was hooked.
Setting and Achieving Goals
Today Hemphill is a 15-year-old freshman and has been taking karate lessons at LKC for well over half his life.
After starting out in the Tigers program for kids ages 4-8, Hemphill progressed through more advanced programs and earned his first-degree black belt in August 2015.
Although Hemphill says earning a black belt seemed like a far-off dream in those early years, he says, “I wanted to keep learning and keep going to earn my black belt.”
Walls continually challenges his students by having them set goals and determine the steps necessary to achieve those goals. This was beneficial to Hemphill as he worked on the multiple steps of earning a black belt at LKC, which include projects, book reports, written work, physical endurance and memorizing detailed patterns of 20-50 different karate moves (known as “kata”).
Nicholas’ project for his test was to create a poster board for dojo jobs and responsibilities. In addition, he has helped out with other projects utilizing his skills in other areas.
He says the final two katas Walls added to earn his black belt were the most difficult to master. At this stage, students have to be more precise and powerful with their movements.
Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
Hemphill says Walls has pushed him to get out of his comfort zone. At times, Walls calls on older students to lead part of the class. As a quiet, reserved young man, this is no easy task for Hemphill.
“It’s kind of uncomfortable because everyone is listening to you,” he says. But, he realizes this is valuable experience and says it gets easier the more he does it.
These experiences have helped him gain confidence, and he is taking steps to earn his second-degree black belt and started helping with various projects around the dojo, including vacuuming after class. Eventually he hopes to start helping teach classes to younger students.
More Than Just Karate
Long says what her son does in karate has always been up to him, and she hasn’t had to be the pushy mom. He has always wanted to continue and never wanted to quit.
She has appreciated how Walls’ program not only teaches karate skills, but also works to develop each student into an outstanding adult through everything from responsibilities around the dojo and goal setting to anti-bullying discussions and simply learning how to introduce yourself to an adult.
In addition to the physical side of the program, she says it has helped Hemphill simply get along better with others and make additional friends in class.
Walls considers Hemphill a “quiet leader” and says he is finding his way in life and in the martial arts. He says Hemphill continues to move forward by setting small goals and continually trying to push himself to be a better person.
“It is enjoyable to know someone for so long and see the progress he has made yet remain humble and still willing to learn,” adds Walls.
Nicholas Hemphill became interested in Lincoln Karate Clinic at age 5 after peeking through the dojo’s windows following a haircut next door.
About the Director
Mr. Walls is the founder and Director of the Lincoln Karate Clinic, Inc. He is the Chief Instructor for Taishin Ryu Karate, and all other associated programs. Mr. Walls is the director of the organization and oversees all rank testing and organization functions.
Mr. Walls began his training in a style of Okinawan Karate called Pang Gai Noon Ryu. This style of karate has its roots in three style of Chinese Kung Fu. Mr. Walls later developed Taishin Karate after starting LKC in 1998.
Mr. Walls also maintains a private practice and provides mental health and consultation services for a variety of issues with specialization in children and adolescent behavior issues. Past experiences included a 3 year position as an adjunct professor teaching ethics and psychology classes and the co-founder of a domestic violence treatment group and has also provided many self-defense lectures and lessons.
Mr. Walls brings to the martial arts world a number of strong credentials. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, a master’s degree in mental health counseling and is licensed in the State of Nebraska as a licensed mental health practitioner and licensed professional counselor. Mr. Walls is also nationally certified as a clinical mental health counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors.
About Taishin Karate
Taishin Karate is a form of karate started by Mr. Scott Walls. The name Taishin can be broken down like this: Tai (endure or persevere) Shin (core or heart) and karate means empty hand. The name implies that practitioners of this style of karate have persistence about them; they can endure, sweat and pay the price to get to a better place in their life. Without some level of suffering or hardship, joy and peace are difficult to experience. Karate training is about improving oneself and helping others while learning an effective way to defend yourself. By gaining knowledge in self-defense and conditioning ones body, a person can live peacefully, without fear.
Taishin Karate training teaches people to believe in themselves and to become more confident in their ability. Karate training should be challenging and push people to their limits; yet it also needs to be intriguing and fun or the student will not continue. Karate also needs to be usable for the student, or it is really a waste of time.
Taishin Karate is a system of unarmed self-defense that allows a person of any size or ability to practice and defend themselves if needed. Taishin has its roots in Okinawan Karate. Katas such as Sanchin, Sei San and San Sei Ryu are still practiced even though they are very old. These katas are practiced to preserve the art and learn the movements. Integration of the ancient ways with more modern techniques such as evasion and simple defensive tactics is the essence of Taishin Karate.
In class students can expect to do exercises, drills, games, forms and practice with a partner to learn the many different aspects of this style. Students can start at anytime and no previous experience is necessary.
Products we offer
At Lincoln Karate Clinic we offer a wide selection of products to best enhance your martial arts training.
- Sparring Equipment
- Training gear
- Fitness Related Items
Interested in becoming an instructor at LKC?
Contact Sensei Scott Walls for more information.