• 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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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

Winter Rank Advancement Test

Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct our quarterly rank advancement test.

Lost Tracking Fist Green Dragon Kwan Do Seminar

Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the Lost Tracking Fist Green Dragon Kwan Do form.

White Crane Chi Kung Seminar

Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will continue teaching the White Crane Chi Kung material with the Miraculous Crane Touch the Water exercises.

Lower Rank Test

Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will hold a rank advancement test for lower rank students from out of town.

Black Belt Test

Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé and a committee of masters will be conducting a test for black belt students.

Christmas Party

Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Join us for our annual school Christmas party and potluck dinner.

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


Thanksgiving and Pretest

Posted: November 20, 2015 8:24 AM

We will be closed Thursday (11/26) through Sunday (11/29) for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please be aware that the pretests are the following week on Monday (11/30) at 7:00 PM for lower ranks and on Tuesday (12/1) at 6:00 PM for brown belts.

Our quarterly rank advancement test with Grandmaster Sin Thé will be on Thursday (12/3) at 6:30 PM.

December Seminar Material Revealed

Posted: October 29, 2015 9:52 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has announced the material for both of his seminars in December! On Saturday, December 5th at 9:00 AM he will teach the Lost Tracking Fist Green Dragon Kwan Do form. Then at 2:00 PM, he will continue teaching the White Crane Chi Kung training with the Miraculous Crane Touches the Water series of exercises.

Registration Form (PDF)

Update: We accidently posted some incorrect prices on the registration form. The form has been fixed and the simplified and lower prices are now shown. If you have already downloaded the form, please be sure to download the updated version. We are very sorry for the confusion and trouble!

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.


Newspaper Article About Grandmaster Sin Thé

Posted: September 28, 2015 8:31 AM

To help us recognize and celebrate Grandmaster Sin Thé's 50 years of teaching Shaolin-Do in the United States, Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald-Leader interviewed him during the Fall Gathering at Lexington Catholic High School on Saturday. It is a very complimentary article with a lot of interesting information about our grandmaster and our art. Please give it a read!

Martial Arts Leader Celebrates 50 Years of Teaching in Lexington


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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Posted: September 23, 2013

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