• We teach the ancient art of Shaolin-Do kung fu.  Come learn the original martial art with us.  Get in better shape, learn to defend yourself, and have fun doing it!  It's not a hobby, it's a way of life!
  • In addition to our hard-style kung fu program, we also offer a soft-style internal curriculum that covers Tai Chi, Pa Kua, and meditation.
  • We offer a separate kids program to help our youngest students thrive!  <i>Shaolin Kids</i> is open to children from ages 5 to 12 and meets on a variety of days and times to accommodate everyone's schedule.

The Sin Thé Karate School is the oldest and most reputable martial arts school in Lexington, KY. It is the international home of Shaolin-Do, offering the ancient martial art of the Shaolin Temples in China to the people of Lexington since 1964! Before anyone had ever heard of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li, Grandmaster Sin Thé was teaching Shaolin-Do!

We offer a range of classes, including both hard and soft style Shaolin-Do Kung Fu for both adults and children! Our hard style curriculum covers such classic animal styles as the tiger, bird, praying mantis, monkey, and snake systems and weapons like the staff, nunchaku, short stick, broadsword, and sai. Our soft style curriculum covers breathing and meditation techniques and also empty hand and weapon forms from Tai Chi, Pa Kua, and Hsing I.

We have something to offer everyone . honor, loyalty, discipline, conditioning, and mental health. Come join us today to start your life-long journey to both a better mind and a better body in Shaolin-Do!


"If your primary interest is tournament skills, I advise you to seek your training elsewhere! Most of what you will learn here is too lethal for tournament use. I teach the ancient system of Shaolin-Do, 'Art of survival, not of sport.' As did the immortals, we should learn to destroy so that we may preserve! It is a way of truth. The knowledge that I offer you is not an athletic training; it is a sacred trust."

Shaolin-Do Grandmaster Sin Kwang Thé


What We Offer
Shaolin Kung Fu
Tai Chi / Internal Program
Weight Room

We offer Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi for adults and children.

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Testimonial

Mark Bongard

5th Degree Black Belt

My journey to Shaolin started with my family in April 2002. To explain, though, I have to go a little further back in time. My two sons, Matt and Alex had taken Tae Kwan Do and had tried to get me to take it with them. I have jogged regularly since college, so I was in fairly good shape, but I did not think that I could jump, kick and remember kata. I was then in my early 40s and it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks. Therefore, I always resisted their invitations.

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Upcoming Events

Spring Rank Advancement Test

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 6:30 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct our quarterly rank advancement test.

Mulan's Double Butterfly Knives Seminar

Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the Mulan's Double Butterfly Knives form at his annual spring seminar in Lexington, KY.

Lower Rank Testing

Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct a rank advancement test for any students who are ready to advance.

Black Belt Testing

Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 10:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé and a committee of masters will conduct a rank advancement test for any black belts who are ready to advance.

Mulan's Double Butterfly Knives Seminar via Zoom

Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 12:00 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the Mulan's Double Butterfly Knives form online via Zoom for those who cannot attend the in-person seminar.


Be sure to check out the schedule for all the upcoming events, class times, and hours.

News

Mulan's Double Butterfly Knives Seminar in March

Posted: February 1, 2024 5:23 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has announced that he will be teaching the Mulan's Double Butterfly Knives form at his spring seminar in Lexington, KY. Like other Mulan forms he has taught recently, the postures are quite long. It has six sections, each with four postures. As Grandmaster Sin describes it is similar in length and difficulty to the Mulan Double Rings form he taught recently. He also states, "The form sometimes moves gracefully as butterflies and other times swiftly as twin dragons chasing each other."

There will be an in-person event at the Sin Thé Karate School on Saturday, March 23rd. There will also be an online event via Zoom on Sunday, March 24th. It can be used for rank advancement from 3rd to 4th degree black belt.

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If you plan on paying by check, please make your check payable to Sin Thé Karate School and not the SDA.

Scholarship Donations

Posted: July 18, 2023 7:50 AM

Anyone that would like to donate to the scholarship fund in Eldest Master Leonard's name can write a check to the Sin Thé Karate School with a subject or memo of Master Leonard Scholarship Fund and mail it to the school:

Master Leonard Martial Arts Scholarship
c/o Sin Thé Karate School
282 Gold Rush Rd.
Lexington, KY 40503