• 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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Testimonial

Mark Bongard

4th Degree Black Belt

My journey to Shaolin started with my family in April 2002. To explain, though, I have to go a little further back in time. My two sons, Matt and Alex had taken Tae Kwan Do and had tried to get me to take it with them. I have jogged regularly since college, so I was in fairly good shape, but I did not think that I could jump, kick and remember kata. I was then in my early 40s and it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks. Therefore, I always resisted their invitations.

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To read more of what our students are saying about us, be sure to visit our testimonials page.

Upcoming Events

Dharmo Sword Seminar

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the Dharmo 2-Edge Sword form at his spring seminar.

Lower Rank Test

Sunday, March 17, 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, March 17, 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.

Single Mulan Fan Seminar

Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Senior Master Eric Bullock will teach the Single Mulan Fan.


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

News

Dharmo Sword Seminar

Posted: February 3, 2019 4:09 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has announced that he will be teaching the legendary Dharmo 2-Edge Sword form at his spring seminar in Lexington! This form is both elegant and deadly. It is composed of 4 sections and 54 postures.

Registration Form (PDF)

For those students traveling from out of town that are looking for a hotel room, we have arranged a special rate with Home2 Suites which is near the school. A special thank you to Kirk Olsen for arranging the rate.

Home2 Suites Special Rate Link

Spring Seminars

Posted: December 13, 2018 2:59 PM

We have a lot of exciting seminars coming up this spring! Be sure to save the dates below:

  • Sunday, January 13th at 12:00 PM — 14th White Crane Seminar

    Senior Master Ben Collins will teach the 14th White Crane form which can be used from 2nd - 3rd degree black belt. The cost is $50 and you can register at the door.

  • Sunday, February 10th at 12:00 PM — Shaolin Monkey Tiger Fist

    Senior Master Bev Razor will teach the Shaolin Monkey Tiger Fist. This kata can also be used from 2nd - 3rd degree black belt. The cost is $50 and you can register at the door.

  • Saturday, March 16th — Grandmaster Sin Thé's Spring Seminar

    Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach new material at his spring seminar in Lexington, KY. The material will be announced soon. When it is available, we will post the registration form on the website, the Facebook page, and email it out to everyone!

New Internal Rank Advancement Criteria

Posted: March 26, 2018 3:41 PM

Elder Master Bill Leonard and Grandmaster Sin Thé have announced a new rank advancement curriculum for all of the internal students of Shaolin-Do.

Internal Rank Advancement Curriculum (PDF)

Articles

Fitness

  1. Runners and Weak Hips: 5 Hip-Strengthening Exercises via Active.com
  2. 10 Tips for Safe Stretching via Better Health Channel
  3. Martial arts offers extraordinary fitness and health benefits to people in their 40's and 50's via NaturalNews.com
  4. 51 Fastest Fat Burners via CNN.com

Meditation

  1. Meditation Makes Your Brain Quicker via Gizmodo.com
  2. Can Meditation Change Your Brain? via CNN.com

Tai Chi

  1. The Health Benefits of Tai Chi via Harvard.edu
  2. Tai Chi: A New Weapon in the Battle Against Alzheimer's via NextAvenue.org
  3. Tai Chi Benefits for Beginners: Rewards From Your Tai Chi Practice via BeginnersTaiChi.com
  4. Tai Chi May Help Parkinson's Patients Regain Balance via National Public Radio
  5. Tai Chi, A 'Medication In Motion,' Helps People With Heart Failure via National Public Radio
  6. Tai Chi Helps Arthritis Pain, Stiffness via CNN.com
  7. Tai Chi Reported to Ease Fibromyalgia via New York Times
  8. A Downside to Tai Chi? None That I See via New York Times

Kids

  1. 7 Reasons Why Your Child Should Practice Martial Arts via BreakingMuscle.com
  2. How Does Karate Help Kids With ADHD? via eHow.com
  3. Benefits of Martial Arts Training for Kids via American Fitness Professionals & Associates

Miscellaneous

  1. Masters of Inner Peace via DailyMail.com
  2. Female Army Veteran Gets Second Chance at Life with SynCardia's Total Artificial Heart After Being Referred to Hospice Care via SynCardia.com
  3. Sin Thé Karate School in Southsider Magazine via Southsider Magazine
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Posted: September 23, 2013

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