• 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


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

Claude Meares

3rd Degree Black Belt

I began my studies in Shaolin-Do in June 1992 under the guidance of Grandmaster Sin Kwang Thé. At the time, I was merely looking for a better way to fight and stay in shape. I am no longer looking. To bluntly state that Shaolin-Do has changed my life is an understatement. Shaolin-Do is so rich and fulfilling that I have spent the last half of my life learning and using it, and I've just barely even scratched the surface.

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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.

Fall Gathering / Tournament

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.

Fall Seminar

Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach his annual fall seminar at Lexington Catholic High School. Material to be announced soon.


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News

Congratulations to Our Students

Posted: June 17, 2015 8:52 AM

Congratulations to all of our students who passed their rank advancement test with Grandmaster Sin Thé. Keep up the hard work!

And an extra special congratulations to our two new black belts, Bradley Lutes and Aiden Barnes!

Congratulations to These Black Belts

Posted: June 14, 2015 3:09 PM

Congratulations to the four black belts who passed their rank advancement test today in front of Grandmaster Sin Thé, Elder Master Bill Leonard, and the committee of masters.

Jonathan Meadors — 3rd Degree Black Belt from Cumberland, KY
Daniel Carey — 2nd Degree Black Belt from Lexington, KY
Bryson Miller — 2nd Degree Black Belt from Alexandria, VA
Josh Combs — 3rd Degree Black Belt

Great job!

New Beginner's Classes

Posted: May 13, 2015 9:00 PM

If you want to get in better shape, make yourself a better person, learn to defend yourself and your family, increase your strength and flexibility, gain confidence or just have fun then you need to start your journey with us! Our new semester starts for both our hard-style Shaolin-Do and soft-style internal program on Wednesday, June 17th!

Articles

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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2013 Fall Gathering
Posted: September 23, 2013

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