• 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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Aprill Shepherd

1st Degree Black Belt

My martial arts studies began with karate classes in the student center at Georgia Tech. This style did not hold my attention, as I had hoped, so I began looking for another style to study. I found an instructor teaching Hung Gar kung-fu and studied with him for several years while I finished my Bachelor's degree and landed my first job. I let a job transfer to Detroit bring my martial arts studies to a halt. It was another 13 years, a career change, and a move to Lexington before my martial arts studies would begin again. It has been my honor to study Shaolin-Do as a student of Elder Master Bill Leonard.

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Upcoming Events

Hsing I Six Harmony Broadsword Seminar

Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the Hsing I Six Harmony Broadsword form.

Lower Rank Test

Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will hold a test for any lower rank students (white - brown belt/sash) who are ready to test.

Black Belt Test

Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé and a committee of masters will hold a test for any black belt/sash who is ready to test.

Summer Rank Advancement Test

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct our quarterly rank advancement test.

2019 Fall Gathering

Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Granmdaster Sin Thé and the SDA will hold their annual fall tournament.

Fall Seminar

Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM

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

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


Hsing I Six Harmony Broadsword Seminar

Posted: May 8, 2019 9:32 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has announced that he will be teaching the Hsing I Six Harmony Broadsword form at his annual summer seminar in Lexington, KY on Saturday, June 8th. The kata is two sections and contains forty postures. Grandmaster Sin describes it as moving like a "mad dragon" that is turning its body every while chopping and slashing your opponents in half! This is the follow up to the Hsing I Reversible Broadsword form that he first taught in 2017. If you liked that kata then you will love this one!

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A special thanks to Kirk Olsen for arranging for another discount at the Hilton Home2 Suites nearby for that weekend if anyone is needs a hotel room. You must use the link below for the special discounted rate.

Hilton Home2 Suites Discount Rate

Schedule Change

Posted: April 26, 2019 11:10 AM

Until further notice, there will not be children's classes on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5:00 PM. During the week, all students should attend the adult classes for their rank.

White - Green — Mondays & Wednesdays @ 7:00 PM
Brown @mdash; Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 6:00 PM

The children's classes on Saturdays at 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM will still meet as before.



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