• 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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Testimonial

Brianna Bodine

2nd Degree Brown Belt and Yellow Sash

As a young adult, I always had an aggressive streak. I was the epitome of a tom boy, and I participated in fighting styles such as Tae Kwan Do, Kempo and kickboxing. However, I drifted away from fighting systems and martial arts for years because it became repetitive and uninteresting. When I came to Lexington to attend graduate school at the University of Kentucky, the last thing I expected to encounter was Shaolin Kung Fu. I came to the Sin Thé Karate School by accident, on a whim, and I signed up that night, which would be the beginning of a way of life infinitely more fulfilling than anything I've known before.

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

Upcoming Events

Lower Rank Testing

Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 10:00 AM

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

Black Belt Testing

Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 11:00 AM

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

Zoom Seminar

Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 2:00 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach two forms via Zoom. Material to be announced soon.

Fall Rank Advancement Test

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 6:30 PM

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

Fall Gathering

Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé and the Shaolin-Do Association will hold their annual tournament at the Oleika Shriners Temple in Lexington, KY.

Fall Seminar

Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach two forms at his fall seminar. Material to be announced soon.


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

News

Closed this weekend for 4th of July

Posted: June 29, 2022 11:04 AM

We will be closed from Friday, July 1st to Monday, July 4th for the Independence Day holiday. We will resume our normal hours and class schedule starting on Tuesday, July 5th.

Save the Dates for September

Posted: June 29, 2022 9:06 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has announced the dates for his fall visit to Lexington, KY in September. Mark these dates on your calendar:

Sunday, September 11th

  • 10:00 AM — Lower Rank Testing
  • 11:00 AM — Black Belt Testing
  • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM — Fall Seminar via Zoom (material to be announced soon)

Saturday, September 17th

  • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM — Fall Gathering & Tournament at Oleika Shriners Temple

Sunday, September 18th

  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM — Fall Seminar at Sin Thé Karate School (material to be announced soon)

Updated Rank Advancement Requirements

Posted: March 9, 2022 9:20 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé and Elder Master Bill Leonard have added some of the recent seminar material to both the black belt (external) and internal rank advancement requirements. Please see the links below for the latest list of requirements:

Black Belt Rank Advancement Requirements (PDF) (as of December 2021)

Internal Rank Advancement Requirements (PDF) (as of December 2021)

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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