• 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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Claude Meares

3rd Degree Black Belt

I began my studies in Shaolin-Do in June 1992 under the guidance of Grandmaster Sin Kwang Thé. At the time, I was merely looking for a better way to fight and stay in shape. I am no longer looking. To bluntly state that Shaolin-Do has changed my life is an understatement. Shaolin-Do is so rich and fulfilling that I have spent the last half of my life learning and using it, and I've just barely even scratched the surface.

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Upcoming Events

Lower Rank Testing

Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct a test for any lower rank student who is ready to test.

Black Belt Testing

Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé and a committee of masters will conduct a test for any black belt student who is ready to test.

Swallow & Condor Tai Chi Seminar via Zoom

Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 2:00 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will be teaching both the Swallow and Super Condor Tai Chi forms online via Zoom.

Fall Gathering

Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé and the SDA will host their annual fall gathering and tournament.

Swallow & Condor Tai Chi Seminar

Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will be teaching both the Swallow and Super Condor Tai Chi forms at his annual fall seminar.

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


September Events

Posted: July 21, 2021 8:23 AM

As always, September is a busy month in Shaolin-Do and this year is no exception! Grandmaster Sin Thé will hold a number of tests, his annual tournament, and teach two new Tai Chi kata! Here are all the dates and information you need to know:

Sunday, September 12th

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Lower Rank Testing
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Black Belt Testing
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Swallow & Super Condor Tai Chi Seminar via Zoom

Saturday, September 18th

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM: Fall Gathering & Tournament at the Oleika Shriner Temple

  • Rules (PDF)
  • Flyer & Registration Form (PDF)

  • Important — There are a couple of important changes to the tournament this year. Please be sure to read all of the following:

    1. The tournament is being held at a new location. We will be at the Oleika Shriners at 326 Southland Dr. This is not far from the old location and there is plenty of parking.
    2. The sparring competitions will be single elimination in all divisions.
    3. The finals and demonstrations will be at 4:00 PM rather than later in the evening as before.

Sunday, September 19th

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Swallow & Super Condor Tai Chi Seminar at the Oleika Shriner Temple



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