"The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in victory or defeat,
but in the perfection of the characters of its participants." – Gichin Funakoshi
UNL Shotokan is an official dojo of Shotokan Karate of America (SKA), a nonprofit organization teaching traditional karate-do in the United States since 1956, and was awarded the 2011 and 2013 SKA Midwest Dojo of the Year. Our practice is led by godan (5th-degree black belt) David Altman and is held at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln on City Campus.
Tuesdays & Thursdays — 5:45 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.
"True karate is this: that in daily life one's mind and body be trained and developed in a spirit of humility, and that in critical times, one be devoted utterly to the cause of justice." --Gichin Funakoshi
Karate can also be described as a martial art, or fighting method, involving a variety of techniques including blocks, strikes, evasions, throws, and joint manipulations. Our karate practice is divided into three main aspects: kihon (basics), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring).
The word karate is a combination of two Japanese characters: kara, meaning "empty", and te, meaning "hand". Thus karate means "empty hand". Adding the suffix -do (pronounced like doe), meaning "way", to reach karate-do implies karate as a total way of life that goes well beyond the self-defense applications. In traditional karate-do, we always keep in mind that the true opponent is oneself.
As Tsutomu Ohshima (Shihan, or Chief Instructor, of Shotokan Karate of America) has put it, "We must be strong enough to express our true minds to any opponent, anytime, in any circumstance. We must be calm enough to express ourselves humbly."