• 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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Barbara Elzey

5th Degree Black Belt

I began Shaolin-Do Karate in 1982 while a junior at the University of Kentucky at the urging of my fiancé, who was a black belt in the style. I entered the study of karate with a certain amount of skepticism. I did not have a great desire to be punched and kicked and began, as most women begin, with a very tentative attitude. I had been an athlete all through high school and college so the physical exercise was something I was used to, but I soon found that Shaolin exercised muscles I never knew I had. During that first year, I went to a seminar at Sin Thé's dojo. There, a female green belt kicked me so hard in the stomach that I went down and couldn't get back up for what seemed an incredibly long time. It was then and there that I came to a strong realization. If a woman smaller than me could put me down to the ground, just about anyone could. It was time to learn how to prevent that from happening.

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Upcoming Events

2019 Fall Gathering

Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Granmdaster Sin Thé and the SDA will hold their annual fall tournament.

Eight Animal Pa Kua Hook Swords

Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the first four sections of the rare Eight Animal Pa Kua Hook Swords form!

Lower Rank & Black Belt Test

Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 1:30 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé, Elder Master Bill Leonard, and a committee of masters will hold tests for students of any rank who are ready to advance. This test is between the seminars and will be held at Lexington Catholic High School.

Walking Chi Kung - Level 1 Seminar

Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 2:30 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the first level of his walking meditation. This seminar is open to the public.

Fall Rank Advancement Test

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 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.


New Class for Seniors

Posted: August 10, 2019 11:10 AM

We have a new senior-friendly mid-day class starting on Wednesdays from 11:30 - 12:15. It is geared towards those who want to practice repetitive movement and stretching. Balance, breathing, and coordination will be the main points of focus. There will be both seated and standing postures. And if you have a cane, we will teach a few basic self defense techniques. Come learn some cane-fu!

The cost is $40/month. If you are interested, please contact Sifu Cyndy at 859-275-2148.

September Schedule

Posted: July 29, 2019 10:09 AM

September is always the busiest month for Shaolin-Do! Here are the dates, times, and locations of all of the events to help you keep everything straight.

Wednesday, September 4th — Lower Rank Pretest

  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM — White - Green Belt Pretest

Thursday, September 5th — Brown Belt Pretest

  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM — Brown Belt Pretest

Saturday, September 7th — Fall Gathering at Lexington Catholic High School

  • 9:00 AM — Door Open
  • 9:30 AM — Black Belt Meeting
  • 10:00 AM — Competition Starts
  • 7:00 PM — Demonstrations & Sparring Finals

Sunday, September 8th — Seminars & Testing at Lexington Catholic High School

Tuesday, September 10th — Fall Rank Advancement Test

  • 6:30 PM — Rank Advancement Test with Grandmaster Sin Thé
  • Dinner at #1 China Buffet afterwards

Expanded Rank Advanement Requirements

Posted: July 24, 2019 12:00 AM

For anyone that is interested, we wanted to repost the expanded black belt and internal rank advancement curriculums.

Black Belt Curriculum (PDF)

Internal Curriculum (PDF)



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