• We offer all kinds of classes for all kinds of people — hard style Shaolin-Do kung fu, soft style Tai Chi, and kids classes!  If you want to better youself inside and out, then we are the school for you!
  • 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

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Lonnie McCoy

4th Degree Black Belt

In the early 1970s, martial arts movies were all the rage and most young men, including me, wanted to do the amazing feats portrayed on film. It was not uncommon for an ambitious martial arts teacher or actor to visit our high school and put on a demonstration in hopes of building a following or to increase ticket sales at the theater. I was hooked, and over the next few years tried several different arts including judo, shotokan, taekwondo and others.

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Upcoming Events

Lower Rank Test

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct a rank advancement test for any lower rank student (white - brown) that is ready to test.

Black Belt Test

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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

Fall Rank Advancement Test

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct our quarterly rank advancement test for all of our students.

50th Anniversary Fall Gathering

Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé and the SDA will be hosting their annual fall tournament and gathering at Lexington Catholic High School.

Pa Kua 2-Edge Sword Seminar

Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the Pa Kua Three Harmony 2-Edge Sword form at his annual fall seminar at Lexington Catholic High School.

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


September Events

Posted: August 15, 2015 8:13 AM

As always, September is a busy month in Shaolin-Do! Please mark the dates below on your calendars and we hope to see you at all of these events!

  • Saturday, September 19th — Lower Rank and Black Belt Testing
  • At 10:00 AM, Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct a lower rank test for any students who are ready to advance to their next rank. Then at 12:00, Grandmaster Sin Thé and a committee of master level students will conduct a test for any black belts who are ready to advance to their next rank.

  • Saturday, September 26th — 50th Anniversary Fall Gathering
  • This year it's not just any tournament! Come join us and help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Grandmaster Sin Thé teaching in the United States. Compete in empty hand forms, weapons forms, and/or sparring all for one great price!

    Tournament Information & Registration

  • Sunday, September 27th — Pa Kua 2-Edge Sword Seminar

    For the first time ever, Grandmaster Sin Thé will be teaching the Pa Kua Three Harmony 2-Edge Sword form. It is 4 sections long and consist of 76 postures. This yin-style form will be a great compliment to the yang-style Pa Kua Broadsword forms he has taught recently.

    Registration Form (PDF)

Grandmaster Sin Thé to teach the Pa Kua 2-Edge Sword

Posted: August 4, 2015 7:52 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has announced that he will be teaching the Pa Kua Three Harmony 2-Edge Sword form at his fall seminar at Lexington Catholic High School on Sunday, September 27th. The form has 4 sections and a total of 76 moves. It is considered a sister form to the Twirling Hand Pa Kua Broadsword and shared many of the same posture names. However, because this is a yin-style 2-edge sword form instead of a yang-style broadsword form, they are performed differently. Grandmaster Sin believes this is a must learn form for any Pa Kua lovers or internal students.

The registration form will be available soon.

Demo Team Signups

Posted: July 13, 2015 11:22 AM

If you would like to participate in the large group demonstration at the 2015 Fall Gathering on Saturday, September 26th in Lexington, please signup via the link below. You can also email Associate Master Katy Moeggenberg at katy . moeggenberg [at] gmail.com.

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7 Reasons Why Your Child Should Practice Martial Arts

From the Breaking Muscle article by Eric C. Stevens

"The martial arts are ultimately self-knowledge. A punch or a kick is not to knock the hell out of the guy in front, but to knock the hell out of your ego, your fear, or your hang-ups."
— Bruce Lee

Recently on a visit back home, I met my one of my close friends at his son's martial arts studio so I could drop in and see what young Ethan was up to. Ethan was one step away from getting his white sash in Poekoelan, an Indonesian martial art. He beamed with pride as we watched him do various forms and drills. Shortly after I left town, Ethan earned his white sash, upon which he got to join the big kids in the adjacent room. There the big kids practice more advanced forms, techniques, and even some sparring. He was thrilled.

Ethan's always been a good kid, but from what I observed the martial arts gave him quite a healthy dose of self esteem and self respect - two of the many benefits one gains with participation in them. Whether your kid is too bossy, too shy, or perhaps just a little hyper, the martial arts can help your child learn many important life lessons. (And, of course, those same lessons apply for all of us, not just kids.)

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