• 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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David Duncan

2nd Degree Black Belt

Elder Master Leonard accepted me as a white belt having already attained advanced rank belts in five Korean and Okinawa martial arts styles. Shaolin-Do training had been a lifelong dream for me. No style compares to the comprehensive, intensive, and diverse curriculum taught under the guidance of Grandmaster Sin Thé. The purity of the ancient art developed in the temples of China has been preserved for the benefit of the serious student of the martial arts. If you are a committed prospective student of Shaolin Kung Fu, you have arrived. Welcome and best wishes as you begin your journey!

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Upcoming Events

World Tai Chi Day Cookout

Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 4:00 PM

Come join us to celebrate World Tai Chi Day with both free Tai Chi practice and a cookout.

1st Road of the Lion's Fist Seminar

Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has announced he will be teaching the 1st Road of the Lion's Fist form at his summer seminar in Lexington, KY.

1st Road of the Lion's Fist Seminar via Zoom

Sunday, June 23, 2024 at 2:00 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will also teach the 1st Road of the Lion's Fist form at his summer seminar online via Zoom.

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


June Seminar Material Announced

Posted: April 11, 2024 9:53 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has decided to teach the 1st Road of the Lion's Fist form. As he describes it, the lion uses every inch of their muscles to turn, twist, and twirl their bodies and are lighting fast. The name of the form is the "Lion Rolls, Spins, and Chops the Palms" and it is comprised of 26 postures. Along with the form itself, he will be teaching applications which will also include the "Lion's Eight Palm Hand Moves" for a grand total of 34 postures.

There will be an in-person event on Saturday, June 22nd and a virtual event via Zoom on Sunday, June 23rd. The prices are the same and you can attend either in-person, online, or both!

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World Tai Chi Day Celebration & Cookout

Posted: April 4, 2024 4:24 PM

Come join us on Saturday, April 27th at 4:00 PM to celebrate World Tai Chi Day with both free Tai Chi practice and a cookout! Bring your family, bring your friends, and bring your favorite dish. Weather permitting, we will do some group Tai Chi practice starting at 4:00 and then eat afterwards.

We will be at shelter #1 and the school will provide the hamburgers and hotdogs.

Schedule Change

Posted: March 27, 2024 7:55 AM

Effective Monday, April 1st we have two important schedule changes:

  1. The school will now open at 5:30 PM on Monday - Thursday.
  2. On Tuesdays & Thursdays, the Shaolin Kids class will meet from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM.