• 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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Robert Newton

4th 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

Ground Dragon Seminar

Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Senior Master Eric Bullock will teach The Root of the Ground Dragon form. The cost is $50 and can be paid at the door.

Pa Kua Spear Seminar

Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Senior Master Tim Ray will teach the Pa Kua Spear form over two weeks in August (8/11 and 8/18). The cost is $50 and can be paid at the door.

2019 Fall Gathering

Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 9:00 AM

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

Fall Seminar

Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach a new form at his annual fall seminar.

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


Congratulations to Our Students

Posted: June 12, 2019 8:27 AM

Congratulations to all of our students who passed their rank advancement tests in front of Grandmaster Sin Thé! And an extra special congratulations to our newest black belt, Dean Morton!

Congratulations to These Black Belts

Posted: June 9, 2019 3:00 PM

Congratulations to Michael Lucci (2nd degree from Arlington, VA), Daniel Carey (3rd degree from Austin, TX), and Robert Frederick (2nd degree from Arlington, VA) for passing their rank advancement tests in front of Grandmaster Sin Thé, Elder Master Bill Leonard, and a committee of masters!

DVD Issues

Posted: June 8, 2019 9:06 PM

Unfortunately, some people are having issues with the DVD from the Hsing I Six Harmony Broadsword seminar today. If you are having issues, please contact us at shaolindoassociation@gmail.com and we can work with you to get a replacement DVD. In the meantime, if you open the DVD on a computer, there is a folder containing a HD version of the video and a PDF copy of Grandmaster Sin Thé's notes.

We are very sorry for the trouble and inconvenience and we are working to get it resolved ASAP.

Schedule Change

Posted: April 26, 2019 11:10 AM

Until further notice, there will not be children's classes on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5:00 PM. During the week, all students should attend the adult classes for their rank.

White - Green — Mondays & Wednesdays @ 7:00 PM
Brown @mdash; Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 6:00 PM

The children's classes on Saturdays at 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM will still meet as before.



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Tai Chi

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