• 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

Summer Rank Advancement Test

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 6:30 PM

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

Hsing I Bear Seminar with Grandmaster Sin Thé

Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the Hsing I Bear form at his annual summer seminar at the Sin Thé Karate School in Lexington.

Rank Advancement Test with Grandmaster Sin Thé

Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 10:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct a rank advancement test for all students who are ready to advance.

Black Belt Rank Advancement Test with Grandmaster Sin Thé

Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 11:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé and a panel of masters will conduct a rank advancement test for all black belt students who are ready to advance.

Hsing I Bear Seminar via Zoom with Grandmaster Sin Thé

Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 2:00 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the Hsing I Bear form at his annual summer seminar via Zoom.

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


Summer Seminar Material Announced

Posted: May 16, 2022 7:40 AM

For his annual summer seminar, Grandmaster Sin Thé has decided to teach the Hsing I Bear form. This form has two sections and twenty-four postures. It has very fluid movements for Hsing I and even has several circular Pa Ku style steps in it. Furthermore, the bear style will teach you to develop powerful hua ching striking by shaking your shoulders first. Grandmaster Sin says that it is more fluid and graceful than previous Pa Kua forms and yet more deadly than Hsing I!

There will be an in-person event on Saturday, June 25th and a virtual event via Zoom on Sunday, June 26th. The prices are the same and you can attend either in-person, online, or both!

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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)



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