FAQ About Lincoln Karate Clinic

What is the Lincoln Karate Clinic (LKC) all about?
LKC is an established karate school in Lincoln that serves children and youth. LKC’s programs are designed specifically for children (4-8) and youth (9 and up). Classes incorporate physical skill development, strength and coordination along with character development and self-defense skills. We also train students in Child Predator Awareness and Anti-bullying measures as well.
Who is the Chief Instructor?
Scott Walls is the founder and chief instructor at the karate school. Walls trained in Okinawan Karate for 13 years before launching his unique school in 1998. Walls has developed all of the programs, classes and innovative concepts at the karate. In addition, Walls is a licensed independent mental health practitioner and a nationally certified mental health counselor.
What is karate for?
At its most basic, karate is for self-defense. However, karate offers so much more: Every student can gain something from their training besides learning the self-defense aspect. Confidence, discipline, manners, focus, learning rules and routines, flexibility and fitness are some of the reasons why karate is a choice.
How often should my child attend classes? How long will it take for each belt?
We have kids attending classes anywhere from once per week to several times per week. A basic guideline for new students is twice per week. Advanced students often attend 3-6 classes per week. Each belt takes a varying amount of time. In general, students earn the first few belts quicker and then each belt after takes longer because there is more to learn. Students only test when they are ready, not simply because they have attended classes for a certain period of time.
What does my tuition dollars cover?
The great thing about the tuition packages at LKC is that there multiple options to choose from. Memberships are usually paid monthly but parents have the option of paying memberships up front as well. Since LKC is not associated with other organizations, no fees are sent to supporting or affiliated groups. Tuition rates are based on programs, and so members end up paying different monthly rates based on the type of program enrolled in.

  1. No initiation fees or enrollment fees
  2. Down payments lower monthly payments.
  3. Free memberships for the third and fourth family member
What are the ages that children can start?
We have two programs to choose from in terms of getting started: Children ages 4-8 may enroll in the Taishin Tigers Program. Youth ages 8.5 and up can enroll in the Dragons program. Occasionally, we might have a child enroll in a program even though their age doesn’t exactly match. For instance, an “old” 7 year old might be better off in the Dragons, etc.
Where are you located and what times are the classes?
We are at 237 So. 70th Street, just south of 70th and O Street behind the Best Buy Store.

Classes Monday-Thursday and Saturday

Jr. Tigers (4.5/5.5 years)

Tigers (6-8.5 years)

Dragons (9-16 years)

Reasons why Kids Should Practice Taishin Karate at Lincoln Karate Clinic

Build Confidence
One of the ways karate training helps kids become confident is by learning to set and achieve goals. Confidence comes from one place, achievement. By setting and achieving goals, kids gradually become more confident in their abilities. The stripe and belt system is a primary way of how we measure achievement at LKC. Karate training also helps kids learn to deal with fear in a safe and controlled environment and they learn to act strong and brave, even when they are truly afraid.
Taishin Karate is Great for Shy Kids
The way classes are taught at LKC really helps kids come out of their shells and become part of a family of learners. Starting with small things like just counting in class or responding to the instructor, students gradually move toward more advanced skills such as leading parts of a class or demonstrating a movement or even becoming the owner of a karate school someday!
Learn to become brave
While some kids are quite fearless, other kids are rather timid and the concept of being brave is important for both types of kids. Being brave is not being fearless, but rather being able to confront and overcome fears as they arise. Through a gradual system of introducing fear or stress provoking activities in a safe manner, kids learn to overcome their fears. This in turn leads back to confidence which goes hand in hand with being brave.
Kids at LKC learn how to focus and concentrate and utilize self-control
We teach kids the three basic ways to focus to start with and then, we move on from that point. When a child learns how to focus their eyes and ears and then their body and mind, they become razor sharp in their technical/physical skills as well as academic skills. One of the reason we have so many students with top-notch grades in school is because of how we teach focus, control and concentration.
Taishin Karate training is terrific for kids that are overactive as well as for children with learning disabilities
Since karate training is fast-paced, fun and requires lots of physical activity, kids get to stay highly engaged while learning. The manner in which classes are taught at LKC provides for three types of learners: Visual, auditory and kinesthetic and this in turn insures that all kids will learn. Also, since both the body and the mind are involved with training, this places the child in a higher level of operating called the performance state and for kids with learning and/or overactive issues, this is a perfect combination.
Karate training makes kids less violent
Simply, by learning how to fight, a person will not have to fight. At LKC, we teach kids effective ways to defend themselves should the need arise, however we instill upon students that fighting is a last resort. Karate training does not make children more violent, quite the opposite. All that being said, we do not teach kids aspects of martial arts such as ground and pound that you might see many adults highly interested. Our karate training involves controlled techniques, not a barrage of hitting and other techniques designed to get someone to give up or submit.
Kids at LKC excel in other sports!
Why? Because of the combination of strength training, speed drills and agility exercises, students at LKC becoming quite accomplished overall athletes often rise to the top in other activities such as PE in school or an organized sport. Karate is a perfectly balanced mix of upper and lower body, rotational, forward/backward, lateral and circular movements combining strength, flexibility, endurance, timing and eye/hand/foot coordination.
Why is karate training a great choice when compared to other activities?
First, everyone gets to participate! There is no bench time and everyone is competing with themselves not each other. At LKC, we are a family, a team that trains together not against each other. Our atmosphere is so unique and provides a place to be where everyone feels welcome. Many of our students have met their best friend at karate!
We prepare kids for life!
At LKC, we teach skills that will last a life time! In addition to our unique Child Predator Awareness Training Program and innovative 4 C’s of Bullying program, we teach kids: Social Skills, coping skills and conflict resolution skills. Kids learn these skills through our teachings in class and while it takes time, kids benefit from having these skills long after earning their black belt!
Karate training is year round
Classes are not just during a certain season and so the benefit is continuous rather than for an isolated period of time. Also, anytime is a good time to start!
Classes at LKC are amazing for children/youth with emotional issues or trauma
Because of the back ground of Scott Walls (chief instructor of classes), being a mental health counselor, for many years kids have been helped through karate training.
Our classes are terrific for kids that are being bullied
There are hardly any activities that even compare to karate training in terms of helping kids to overcome and/or avoid being bullied altogether. In fact, LKC is home to an original anti-bully program that cannot be found anywhere else. This program is based on several concepts and keeps kids informed and prepared at the same time. Also, in karate training there is a principal about learning how to fight, so you never have to fight. We never encourage fighting but encourage being ready to avoid all dangers.
Karate actually helps kids that are bullies
This might feel contradictory but karate training is focused on respect, courtesy and self-improvement. Many kids that bully desperately need these lessons. We have several past students that were once more on the bully side of behavior and are now role model students in and out of the karate school.
Karate training is for girls too!
Over half of the people training in martial arts are females and so it is a myth to think that training is just for males. More important though is that females are more likely to be targeted for assaults and so the need is very great and girls are highly encouraged to learn karate.
Karate training creates opportunities for a healthy lifestyle
We are constantly doing exercises and finding new and fun ways of getting kids moving. We have taught kids as young as four how to skip and do a jump kick and many of our older kids have set records in their school physical education classes!
Karate is something you can practice for the rest of your life
While most children will receive benefits of karate training after just a few months, students are encouraged to practice over a very long period of time. Karate is something you can practice for the rest of your life. Occasionally, a former student will show up and give testimony to how they wish they would have stuck with it and how much they regret not moving forward with their training. So, of course we encourage them to get back to it!

Awesome Students at the Lincoln Karate Clinic Make Great Strides!

Several students at LKC have made remarkable progress. The following are excerpts that help explain just why the Lincoln Karate Clinic is the premier location in Lincoln for martial arts training. Note: All names, ages and other identifying information have been changed to protect and respect student identities. All information provided below are facts but have been altered as to not identify anyone in particular.

Student #1

8 year old Timmy has been diagnosed with Asperger’s disorder, a form of Autism. Timmy’s mother called the Lincoln Karate Clinic as she heard that Scott Walls, the director has special expertise in working with children with special needs. Timmy has made remarkable progress both in the development of physical skills as well as an increased use in appropriate social skills. Through the use of specially designed teaching techniques, Timmy has had a wonderful opportunity to participate in a physical activity while also learning valuable anti-bullying and anti-child predator techniques that he can actually use if needed. Timmy’s mom makes it clear that other sports activities never worked out while karate has been the one thing that has really worked.

Student #2

10 year old Jenny began karate lessons at LKC not because she wanted to but because her parents were tired of her getting bullied and teased at school. Her parents took her to her doctor who stated that Jenny was very depressed and that they should enroll her in karate at LKC. When Jenny first started karate she was shy, timid and even a bit angry at times but after only a few weeks in karate she is helpful to others, more confident and has even stood up to some of those bullies. Jenny has had many struggles in life but now has more friends and a higher level of self-confidence. Now, she is very grateful that mom “made her come to class” even when she didn’t want to.

Student #3

5 year old Joey started karate after his parents had him enrolled at another martial arts school. Joey had been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and they thought karate might help. They stated that their son needed more attention, more fun and a more gentle approach in order to learn. Turns out they were right! Joey had to learn a few different things in his first few lesson but now comes to class with a huge smile on his face. Incidentally, Joey is doing so well that he could probably actually teach the “bully busting” parts of class! It was apparent that the structured but fun nature of the classes at LKC was just what the doctor ordered.

Student #4

The very unhappy and frustrated parents of an angry, oppositional and disobedient 13 year old brought their son (Zach) to Scott Walls for assistance at his counseling practice. After a careful assessment it was determined that the best way to help Zach would be a combination of some family counseling sessions along with enrollment in the karate program. This program, (KICKS) incorporates both the counseling and karate program together. Quickly, Zach came to realize that his parents weren’t really that bad and that he did have talent. His bullying behaviors stopped and his grades went up to A’s and B’s. Eventually, his mother and father joined karate and now the entire family is enrolled. The most important component of helping someone is based not on what is taught, but rather the relationship between people. The professional relationship developed between Zach and his karate mentors made the difference in this case.

Student #5

7 year old Lindsey seems to be an aspiring actress. Known for being quite outgoing and friendly, her parents simply wanted her to have activity that was non-competitive, fun and educational. They also confided to Mr. Walls that they were always worried that because their daughter was so friendly and outgoing that she might not be aware of the various types of dangerous predators that are all to willing to take advantage of an innocent child. Lindsey has been a quick study of the weekly lessons on Stranger Danger and bullying and seems quite confident in her ability to get away from danger. Because she is already a good actress, Lindsey has no problem rehearsing what to say when an adult or teen approaches her with anything inappropriate.