• 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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Lonnie McCoy

5th 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

Winter Rank Advancement Test

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 6:30 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct our quarterly rank advancement test for all students who are ready to advance and have passed their pretests.

Dragon Tai Chi Seminar

Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the Dragon Tai Chi form at his annual winter seminar.

Lower Rank Testing with Grandmaster Sin Thé

Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct a rank advancement test for any lower rank students (white - brown) who are ready to advance.

Black Belt Testing with Grandmaster Sin Thé

Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé and a committee of masters will conduct a rank advancement test for any black belts who are ready to advance.

Dragon Tai Chi Seminar via Zoom

Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 2:00 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the Dragon Tai Chi form at his annual winter seminar via Zoom for those who cannot attend in person.

Christmas Party & Potluck

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 6:30 PM

The school will hold it's annual Christmas Party and Potluck dinner to celebrate the year.

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


Dragon Tai Chi Seminar

Posted: November 4, 2021 9:55 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has announced that he will be teaching the Dragon Tai Chi form at his annual winter seminar in Lexington, KY. This thirty-eight posture form consists of four sections and combines the practice of even more vigorous Hua Ching from the Swallow Tai Chi form with stances even lower than those in the Condor Tai Chi form! It also adds twisting and turning of the hips and waist to generate power.

There will be an in-person seminar at the Sin Thé Karate School on Saturday, December 11th from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and an online Zoom seminar on Sunday, December 12th from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Mark your calendars and fill out your registration form today!

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Grandmaster Sin Thé on the "Conversations on Healing" Podcast

Posted: August 17, 2021 8:08 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé was recently a guest on the "Conversations on Healing" podcast where he discussed his start in the martial arts and his walking qigong meditation.




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