• 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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Aprill Shepherd

1st Degree Black Belt

My martial arts studies began with karate classes in the student center at Georgia Tech. This style did not hold my attention, as I had hoped, so I began looking for another style to study. I found an instructor teaching Hung Gar kung-fu and studied with him for several years while I finished my Bachelor's degree and landed my first job. I let a job transfer to Detroit bring my martial arts studies to a halt. It was another 13 years, a career change, and a move to Lexington before my martial arts studies would begin again. It has been my honor to study Shaolin-Do as a student of Elder Master Bill Leonard.

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To read more of what our students are saying about us, be sure to visit our testimonials page.

Upcoming Events

14th White Crane Seminar

Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Senior Master Ben Collins will teach the 14th White Crane.

Monkey Tiger Fist Seminar

Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Senior Master Bev Razor will teach the Shaolin Monkey Tiger Fist.

Spring Seminar

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach new material at his spring seminar. Material will be announced soon.

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


Spring Seminars

Posted: December 13, 2018 2:59 PM

We have a lot of exciting seminars coming up this spring! Be sure to save the dates below:

  • Sunday, January 13th at 12:00 PM — 14th White Crane Seminar

    Senior Master Ben Collins will teach the 14th White Crane form which can be used from 2nd - 3rd degree black belt. The cost is $50 and you can register at the door.

  • Sunday, February 10th at 12:00 PM — Shaolin Monkey Tiger Fist

    Senior Master Bev Razor will teach the Shaolin Monkey Tiger Fist. This kata can also be used from 2nd - 3rd degree black belt. The cost is $50 and you can register at the door.

  • Saturday, March 16th — Grandmaster Sin Thé's Spring Seminar

    Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach new material at his spring seminar in Lexington, KY. The material will be announced soon. When it is available, we will post the registration form on the website, the Facebook page, and email it out to everyone!

Congratulations to These Black Belts

Posted: December 11, 2018 2:32 PM

Congratulations to Tyler Branham (2nd degree black belt) and Drew Elliott (3rd degree black belt) for passing their tests in front of Elder Master Bill Leonard and committee of masters!

End of the Year Schedule

Posted: November 12, 2018 11:07 AM

For everyone's benefit, here is our schedule for the rest of the year:

  • Wednesday, November 21st to Sunday, November 25th — Closed for Thanksgiving
  • Wednesday, December 5th — Lower Rank Pretest
  • Thursday, December 6th — Brown Belt Pretest
  • Saturday, December 8th
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM — Elder Master Leonard's Meditation Seminar
    1:00 PM — Black Belt Rank Advancement Test
  • Tuesday, December 11th @ 6:30 PM — Rank Advancement Test
  • Wednesday, December 12th @ 6:30 PM — School Christmas Party & Potluck Dinner

Although the school will be open most days during the holidays, there will be no classes until Wednesday, January 2nd.

New Internal Rank Advancement Criteria

Posted: March 26, 2018 3:41 PM

Elder Master Bill Leonard and Grandmaster Sin Thé have announced a new rank advancement curriculum for all of the internal students of Shaolin-Do.

Internal Rank Advancement Curriculum (PDF)

Expanded Black Belt Rank Advancement Material

Posted: January 2, 2018 3:30 PM

In December, Grandmaster Sin Thé and Elder Master Bill Leonard announced that they have added all of the seminar material that Grandmaster Sin Thé has taught in the last 20+ years to the black belt rank advancement requirements. All of the existing material is still in its original place and all of the required material is the same. The seminar kata have been added as options to fill out the ten pieces of material required for rank advancement. As Grandmaster Sin Thé continues to teach out material, it will be added into the rank advancement requirements.

You can view the current black belt rank advancement requirements via the PDF linked below.

New Black Belt Rank Advancement Material (PDF)



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