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Lincoln Martial Arts Center is the head dojo for the Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan Budo Organization.  This dojo was founded by John Roseberry Shihan in 1972, making it Lincoln's longest running traditional martial arts dojo.  We offer a variety of martial arts instruction to both youth and adults.  

All owners and instructors at Lincoln Martial Arts Center volunteer their time out of a love for the traditional martial arts and a desire to see these arts passed on to future generations.  There is truly something for everyone with an interest in traditional training, with a welcoming, encouraging atmosphere and a common goal for all who train here to improve our mind, body, and spirit.

Martial Arts Offered at LMAC

Okinawan Goju Ryu
Goju Ryu means Hard-Soft Style.  It was founded by Miyagi Chojun Sensei circa 1930.  Okinawan Goju Ryu is a blend of hard, linear, closed-handed techniques and soft, circular, open-handed techniques.  A prominent student of Miyagi Sensei was Toguchi Seikichi Sensei, who founded his own dojo called the Shorei Kan, meaning School of Courtesy and Manners in 1954.  A young Marine named John Roseberry was a student of the Shorei Kan while stationed in Okinawa beginning in 1956.  Roseberry Shihan brought Shorei Kan Goju Ryu back to the United States with him and eventually to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1972 where he eventually formed the Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan dojo and organization.

Kodokan Judo
Judo means the Gentle Way.  Dr. Kano Jigoro founded Judo in 1883 by modifying traditional Ju Jitsu techniques in a way that allowed for safe, competitive randori.  Judo consists of throwing, grappling, pinning, and submission techniques and also has a series of prearranged forms (kata).  Roseberry Shihan was an accomplished Judoka, training under Mastumoto Sensei while stationed in Okinawa.  Along with Okinawan Goju Ryu, Roseberry Shihan brought Kodokan Judo to Lincoln and the Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan dojo. 

Matayoshi Kobudo
Okinawan Kobudo is the study of traditional martial arts weapons such as the bo, sai, tunqua (tonfa), nunchaku, nunti bo, ueku, and others.  Most of these weapons were derived from implements of everyday use.  Matayoshi Kobudo is a style of Kobudo that originated with the Matayoshi family in Okinawa going back for generations.  Matayoshi Shinpo Sensei created Matayoshi Kobudo by organizing the teachings of his father, Matayoshi Shinko into a curriculum.  Franco Sanguinetti Sensei, a direct student of Matayoshi Shinpo, introduced this system of Okinawan Kobudo to the Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan when he became a member in the mid-1990's.

Aikido roughly translates to Spirit Harmony Way.  It is a system derived from Daito ryu Aiki jutjtsu by Morihei Ueshiba (Osensei) in the 1930's.  Its goal is to subdue an opponent without injuring them and consists of throws and joint locks used in a way that takes advantage of the attacker's momentum.  Aikido also trains with weapons such as the jo, bokken, and tanto.​


In 1972, Shihan Roseberry opened his first dojo in Lincoln teaching Okinawan Karate and Kodokan Judo.  50 years later, LMAC continues to teach traditional martial arts to new generations of students in the Lincoln area.

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Lincoln Martial Arts Center makes the safety of our students our highest priority. We are proud to have implemented a Safe Sport program to protect our youth practitioners from all forms of child abuse or misconduct in our dojo.  Our instructors are all trained to recognize signs of child abuse and to report them immediately.

In addition, physical safety of all students is always a focus in our training.  Head Instructors have had First Aid/CPR training and many of our instructors have been trained in concussion awareness.

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