UNL Shotokan Karate Club Members
David Altman Demonstrates Kumite
With Mike Lyon (Kansas City Yodan) at an exchange practice in Minneapolis, MN
UNL Black Belts With Tsutomu Ohshima
Greg Tunink, Tsutomu Ohshima, David Altman, Lien Phan, and Quang Nguyen
Shotokan Ohshima Dojo
SKA's world class dojo on the hills above Santa Barbara, CA
David Altman Leading Junbi Undo
David was asked by Ohshima Sensei to lead junbi undo at Sunday practice after Nisei Week 2014
Group Kata at UNL 20th Anniversary
Brad Kindler practices Bassai as led by John Teramoto (SKA Black Belt Council President)
Greg, David, & William at Nisei Week
SKA's national tournament & exhibition - Greg fought in Team & Individuals; David presented Jion
Focused Practice with Fierce Eyes
Quang Nguyen & Lien Phan show their spirit during practice at Shotokan Ohshima Dojo
Mokuso at France 50th Anniversary
Many UNL karateka traveled to support David Altman at his successful Godan Test in July 2014
Dojo 20th Anniversary Celebration
September 2014 - One big, happy family
Practice With Us
We’re happy you’re interested in learning about Shotokan Karate! We enjoy meeting new people, and attending practice is the best start! Anyone (not only UNL students) may participate in a couple of practices for free. No experience or gi (uniform) is necessary. To continue, dojo dues are $20 per month. No contracts.
Later, one must become a member of Shotokan Karate of America. Then you may attend all SKA regional, national, and international events open to your rank. You may test for rank twice per year at no charge. Black belt testing is also free, but requires a senior’s recommendation.
Brief History of UNL Dojo
Our dojo was founded in 1994 and continues to be led by David Altman, fifth degree black belt (Godan / Highest SKA Rank) student of Tsutomu Ohshima, founder of Shotokan Karate of America.
Our members enjoy a close, direct link to ancient masters of martial arts through Mr. Ohshima and his direct instructor, Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan Karate.
We strive together to fortify our minds and bodies; perfect our character; and faithfully transmit the art to future generations.
Benefits of Karate Practice
Karate can be practiced by everyone, at any age! No special equipment is needed.
Practice is designed to focus and sharpen the mind — developing awareness, courage, fortitude, and deeper understanding. Led by a clear mind, one vitalizes the entire body — improving balance, efficiency of movement, breathing, and overall health.
Karate practice emphasizes spiritual values of courtesy, integrity, humility, selflessness, justice, honor, and self-control. The study of karate benefits one in all areas of life.
Upcoming Classes & Events
Class location varies. Please see the full class schedule to learn how to best find each class.
To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill.” – Master Gichin Funakoshi