Twenty years ago, after getting permission from Ohshima Sensei, then sandan
(3rd-degree black belt) now godan, David Altman started the UNL Shotokan
dojo at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1994. David Altman started
karate practice decades ago under godan Jon Beltram in February 1976 in
Kansas City, Missouri. He has since completed dozens of
leading several in the Midwest, and travels each year to California to
participate in the Black Belt Council meetings and serve as an elected
member of the SKA Board of Directors. David was
honored with godan rank at the France
Shotokan 50th Anniversary in Saint Lo, France July 13th, 2014.
The dojo started with about 10 students and new students come every
semester to learn the art of karate-do. The UNL dojo has and continues to
host exchange practices and visits from other seniors. The first
exchange practice was led in early 1995 by godan John Teramoto.
The UNL dojo along with several other SKA Midwest karateka from Kansas
City, Indianapolis, and Chicago presented a Shotokan Karate exhibition
during the Japan Festival on March 5, 2009. Members also attended the
10-year anniversary of the opening of the Shotokan Ohshima Dojo in
Santa Barbara, CA and the Nesei Week 2010 Karate Exhibition &
Tournament. UNL karateka also have traveled and participated in
international anniversary practices in France in 2014
and Japan in 2016.
The UNL dojo has maintained strong ties with the Kansas City dojo, where
its members attend special trainings and other events. David Altman
continues to emphasize our budo roots and those senior members who have
really laid the foundation for our practice.