• 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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Please select one of the options above so we can better serve your needs.

Testimonial

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

Upcoming Events

Springy Leg Praying Mantis Seminar

Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Senior Master Ben Collins will teach the Spring Leg form from the Praying Mantis System. The cost is $50 and can be paid at the door.

Pa Kua Eight Animal Hook Swords Seminar

Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the last four sections of the rare Pa Kua Eight Animal Double Hook Swords form.

Walking Chi Kung - Level 2 Seminar

Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 2:00 PM

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

Lower Rank Test

Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM

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

Black Belt Test

Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM

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

Winter Rank Advancement Test

Tuesday, December 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.

News

Save the Dates!

Posted: October 7, 2019 3:04 PM

We've got lots of exciting events coming up this fall and winter. Be sure to mark your calendars with all of the following events that interest you!

Sunday, October 13th @ 12:00 PM — Hsing I Six Harmony Staff with Elder Master Tim Ray

Elder Master Tim Ray will teach the Hsing I Six Harmony Staff form. The cost is $50 and can be paid at the door.

Sunday, November 10th @ 12:00 PM — Springy Leg Praying Mantis with Senior Master Ben Collins

Senior Master Ben Collins will teach the Springy Leg form from the Praying Mantis system. The cost is $50 and can be paid at the door.

Saturday, December 7th @ 9:00 AM — Pa Kua Eight Animal Hook Swords with Grandmaster Sin Thé

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the last four sections of the rare Pa Kua Eight Animal Double Hook Swords form.

This event will be at the Oleika Shrine Temple on Southland Drive.

Registration Form (PDF)

Saturday, December 7th @ 2:00 PM — Walking Chi Kung - Level 2 with Grandmaster Sin Thé

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

This event will be at the Oleika Shrine Temple on Southland Drive.

Registration Form (PDF)

Sunday, December 8th @ 9:00 AM — Lower Rank Testing

Grandmaster Sin Thé will hold a lower rank test for anyone who is ready to test.

Sunday, December 8th @ 11:00 AM — Black Belt Testing

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

Tuesday, December 10th @ 6:30 PM — Winter Rank Advancement Test

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct our quarterly rank advancement test for all of our students who are ready to test and have passed their pretest.

New Masters!

Posted: September 9, 2019 3:41 PM

Congratuatlions to the following students who were promoted by Grandmaste Sin Thé on Saturday at the 2019 Fall Gathering in Lexington, KY:

Associate Master Chad Carpenter — 5th Degree Black Belt from Hebron, KY
Senior Master Bill Standafer — 7th Degree Black Belt from Winchester, KY
Elder Master Gordon Burkett — 8th Degree Black Belt from Cynthiana, KY
Elder Master Jim Halladay — 8th Degree Black Belt from Eerie, PA
Elder Master Tim Ray — 8th Degree Black Belt from Lexington, KY
Elder Master Joe Schaefer — 8th Degree Black Belt from Austin, TX

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.

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)

Articles

Fitness

  1. Runners and Weak Hips: 5 Hip-Strengthening Exercises via Active.com
  2. 10 Tips for Safe Stretching via Better Health Channel
  3. Martial arts offers extraordinary fitness and health benefits to people in their 40's and 50's via NaturalNews.com
  4. 51 Fastest Fat Burners via CNN.com

Meditation

  1. Meditation Makes Your Brain Quicker via Gizmodo.com
  2. Can Meditation Change Your Brain? via CNN.com

Tai Chi

  1. The Health Benefits of Tai Chi via Harvard.edu
  2. Tai Chi: A New Weapon in the Battle Against Alzheimer's via NextAvenue.org
  3. Tai Chi Benefits for Beginners: Rewards From Your Tai Chi Practice via BeginnersTaiChi.com
  4. Tai Chi May Help Parkinson's Patients Regain Balance via National Public Radio
  5. Tai Chi, A 'Medication In Motion,' Helps People With Heart Failure via National Public Radio
  6. Tai Chi Helps Arthritis Pain, Stiffness via CNN.com
  7. Tai Chi Reported to Ease Fibromyalgia via New York Times
  8. A Downside to Tai Chi? None That I See via New York Times

Kids

  1. 7 Reasons Why Your Child Should Practice Martial Arts via BreakingMuscle.com
  2. How Does Karate Help Kids With ADHD? via eHow.com
  3. Benefits of Martial Arts Training for Kids via American Fitness Professionals & Associates

Miscellaneous

  1. Masters of Inner Peace via DailyMail.com
  2. Female Army Veteran Gets Second Chance at Life with SynCardia's Total Artificial Heart After Being Referred to Hospice Care via SynCardia.com
  3. Sin Thé Karate School in Southsider Magazine via Southsider Magazine
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2013 Fall Gathering
Posted: September 23, 2013

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