Lincoln Karate Clinic


Premier Martial Arts Facility for Children! We specialize in training children and youth!
Lincoln Karate Clinic

Traditional Karate

For the Modern Day Student!

Premier Martial Arts Facility for Children!

About Us

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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Begin Karate Now!

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

Nicholas HemphillLincoln 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.

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Mr. Walls

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.

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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.

  • Uniforms
  • Sparring Equipment
  • Weapons
  • Training gear
  • Apparel
  • Fitness Related Items

Job Opportunities

Karate Instructor

We are continually looking for people to join our team. Answer the following questions as a starting point:

  • Do you have martial arts experience or do you have a black belt? (Not required, but preferred)
  • Do you enjoy working with people?
  • Are you 18 or older?
  • Do you have reliable transportation? No criminal record?
  • Are you an energetic, young, fun and ready to learn?
  • Do you like working with kids and changing lives?
  • Do you enjoy taking the initiative on projects?

This position is an instructor position. Duties will include: Back up/supportive instruction and to promote business by getting out and teaching introductory classes, setting up marketing events, etc. The second part of this position is to implement and teach an introductory program at the school for new students. Instruction in our ongoing classes/programs will happen according to the martial arts ability of instructor.

Responsibilities include promoting and marketing to potential/new students, event preparation, teaching introductory lessons to new students, development of new programs and basic record-keeping. Training sessions will cover how our school operates, expectations and an overview of new programs and schedules. Training will also include observing a current instructor to see how classes are conducted. Pay will be based on an hourly rate with commissions set for acquiring new students. This is a great job for motivated people that need flexible schedule while also being very active. There will be very little office work so this position requires you to be on the go, getting out there and making it happen.

Sound fun? This is an ideal job for college students and former karate students.

Required Qualifications:

  • Valid Driver’s license
  • You must be able to pass a background check.
  • You must be drug free and tobacco free to have this position.
  • Do not apply if you smoke, have a criminal record and/or cannot work evening and late afternoon hours.


  • Some martial arts experience in Okinawan type karate or a similar style
  • Experience with marketing/advertising
  • Experience with presenting to people.

Note: Instructor will need to attend lessons on a weekly basis with instructors to learn concepts of our style and components of our school

Please email the following information to us:

1. Name, age, current occupation or student status, gender.
2. Phone number & best time to reach you and email address
3. Short description of your interest in the position.