• 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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Barbara Elzey

5th Degree Black Belt

I began Shaolin-Do Karate in 1982 while a junior at the University of Kentucky at the urging of my fiancé, who was a black belt in the style. I entered the study of karate with a certain amount of skepticism. I did not have a great desire to be punched and kicked and began, as most women begin, with a very tentative attitude. I had been an athlete all through high school and college so the physical exercise was something I was used to, but I soon found that Shaolin exercised muscles I never knew I had. During that first year, I went to a seminar at Sin Thé's dojo. There, a female green belt kicked me so hard in the stomach that I went down and couldn't get back up for what seemed an incredibly long time. It was then and there that I came to a strong realization. If a woman smaller than me could put me down to the ground, just about anyone could. It was time to learn how to prevent that from happening.

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Upcoming Events

Southern Shaolin Lion Fist Seminar

Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the Southern Shaolin Lion Fist form at his annual winter seminar at the Sin Thé Karate School.

Southern Shaolin Lion Fist Seminar via Zoom

Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 2:00 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the Southern Shaolin Lion Fist form via Zoom for anyone who cannot attend the in-person option.

Christmas Party & Potluck

Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 6:30 PM

We will close out 2022 with our annual Christmas Party & Potluck Dinner. Family and friends are welcome, but please don't forget your favorite dish!

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


December Schedule

Posted: November 25, 2022 8:00 AM

Our schedule for the month of December will be as follows:

Tuesday, December 6th @ 6:30 PM — Testing with Grandmaster Sin Thé

Thursday, December 15th @ 6:30 PM — Christmas Party & Potluck Dinner

We will have classes and our normal hours between the test and the Christmas party. However, the school will be closed for the holidays starting on Friday, December 16th through Sunday, January 1st. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd and all classes will resume at that time.

Southern Shaolin Lion Fist Seminars

Posted: October 26, 2022 9:15 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has announced that he will be teaching the Southern Shaolin Lion Fist form at his annual winter seminar in Lexington, KY. This form has three sections and twenty-seven postures and it can be used for rank advancement from 2nd to 3rd Degree Black Belt. Grandmaster Sin Thé has described this as a continuation of our hand training which combines these traditional hand strikes with turning of the body, stepping, and jumping to create powerful and devastating movements.

There will be an in-person seminar at the Sin Thé Karate School on Saturday, December 10th from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST). There will also be a Zoom option for those who cannot attend in-person on Sunday, December 11th from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST).

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