• 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

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

My 50 Years in Shaolin-Do

Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Elder Master Bill Leonard will lecture on his 50 years in Shaolin-Do.

2017 Fall Gathering

Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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

Fall Seminar

Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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

Fall Rank Advancement Test

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 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

My 50 Years in Shaolin-Do

Posted: June 26, 2017 7:44 AM

To celebrate his 50th year in Shaolin-Do, Elder Master Leonard has decided to hold a lecture covering his 50 years in Shaolin-Do. He will go year by year, decade by decade, recapping the history of Shaolin-Do in America and his first hand experiences throughout. He will discuss what happened, why it happened, and what the ramifications were. Come with questions that you have always wanted to ask. This is your chance!

Elder Master Leonard has made it clear that this is the only time he will cover this material in this much depth. He has also stated that there will be no videos or recordings of any kind. Cell phones and cameras will not be permitted in the room during his lecture. No exceptions. You may bring a notebook to take your own hand-written notes.

Congratulations to Our New Masters in Boise, ID

Posted: June 20, 2017 12:00 AM

Congratulations to all of our new associate masters in Boise, ID under Elder Master John Keller! With Grandmaster Sin Thé are Associate Masters Russ Lesko, Craig Henley, Robert Russel, Elmer Belmonte, Sarah Belmonte, Aaron Maxie, and Michael Perrin.

And an extra special congratulations to Elder Master John Keller who was promoted to 8th degree black belt by Grandmaster Sin Thé!

Our sincere apologies for the delay in posting this.

2018 China Trip

Posted: October 2, 2015 10:13 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé and Senior Master Joe Schaefer have organized a trip to China in 2018. If you would like to experience this trip with them, please check out the link below for more information.

2018ChinaTrip.com

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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