• We offer all kinds of classes for all kinds of people — hard style Shaolin-Do kung fu, soft style Tai Chi, and kids classes!  If you want to better youself inside and out, then we are the school for you!
  • 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

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

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Robert Newton

3rd Degree Black Belt

I started studying Shaolin-Do in 1984 under George Burnette in Leitchfield, KY. I quit for a few years to serve my country and to find myself. I started back in 1992 and earned my black belt in 1994.

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Upcoming Events

Lost Tracking Fist (2nd Road) Seminar

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will be teaching the 2nd Road of the Shaolin Lost Tracking First.

White Crane Chi Kung Seminar

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will be teaching the third part of the White Crane Chi Kung Series, The Crane's Head Penetrates the Joints.

Lower Rank Test

Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will hold a rank advancement test for lower rank students from out of town.

Black Belt Test

Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé and a committee of masters will be conducting a test for black belt students.

Summer Rank Advancement Test

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct our quarterly rank advancement test.

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


June Seminars

Posted: May 13, 2015 9:00 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has announced that he will be teaching two seminars on Saturday, June 13th at the Sin Thé Karate School!

  1. From 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM he will be teaching the 2nd Road of the Shaolin Lost Tracking Fist. This form picks up where the 1st Road left off and continues the illusive movement and footwork of the drunken system and the twisting hand movements of the 10,000 Lotus Blooming system. It is 4 sections and contains 44 postures.
  2. Then from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Grandmaster Sin Thé will continue teaching the White Crane Chi Kung training. Part 3 is know as the Crane's Head Penetrates the Joints. This series of meditative exercise focuses on the neck, hips, and knees.

It is important to know that you do NOT need to have attended or learned either the 1st Road of the Shaolin Lost Tracking Fist or the previous White Crane Chi Kung exercises in order to attend one or both of these seminars. If you attend both of these seminars, you will receive a $20 discount! Prices at the door will be $10 more per seminar so be sure to send in your preregistration form today!.

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New Beginner's Classes

Posted: May 13, 2015 9:00 PM

If you want to get in better shape, make yourself a better person, learn to defend yourself and your family, increase your strength and flexibility, gain confidence or just have fun then you need to start your journey with us! Our new semester starts for both our hard-style Shaolin-Do and soft-style internal program on Wednesday, June 17th!


7 Reasons Why Your Child Should Practice Martial Arts

From the Breaking Muscle article by Eric C. Stevens

"The martial arts are ultimately self-knowledge. A punch or a kick is not to knock the hell out of the guy in front, but to knock the hell out of your ego, your fear, or your hang-ups."
— Bruce Lee

Recently on a visit back home, I met my one of my close friends at his son's martial arts studio so I could drop in and see what young Ethan was up to. Ethan was one step away from getting his white sash in Poekoelan, an Indonesian martial art. He beamed with pride as we watched him do various forms and drills. Shortly after I left town, Ethan earned his white sash, upon which he got to join the big kids in the adjacent room. There the big kids practice more advanced forms, techniques, and even some sparring. He was thrilled.

Ethan's always been a good kid, but from what I observed the martial arts gave him quite a healthy dose of self esteem and self respect - two of the many benefits one gains with participation in them. Whether your kid is too bossy, too shy, or perhaps just a little hyper, the martial arts can help your child learn many important life lessons. (And, of course, those same lessons apply for all of us, not just kids.)

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