• 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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Mark Bongard

5th 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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Upcoming Events

Lower Rank Testing

Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 10:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct a rank advancement test for any students who are ready to advance.

Black Belt Testing

Sunday, March 26, 2023 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.

Praying Mantis Tai Chi Fist Seminar via Zoom

Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 2:00 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the Praying Mantis Tai Chi Fist form via Zoom at his annual spring seminar.

Fall Gathering & Tournament

Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé and the Shaolin-Do Association will hold their annual fall gathering at tournament in Lexington, KY.

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


Congratulations to Eldest Master Bill Leonard

Posted: March 25, 2023 5:52 PM

Congratulations to Eldest Master Bill Leonard who was promoted to 10th Degree Black Belt by Grandmaster Sin Thé at the Praying Mantis Tai Chi Seminar today. Eldest Master Leonard is the only non-Chinese to ever attain this rank.

Elder Master Tony Gray

Posted: February 2, 2023 10:03 AM

As of February 2nd, 2023, Elder Master Tony Gray has been banished from Shaolin-Do due to his continued disrespect and defiance towards Elder Master Bill Leonard over the last few years and his blatant and arrogant disrespect shown to Grandmaster Sin Thé this past December. This attitude and behavior cannot and will not be tolerated.

He has been thrown out of the system and can no longer teach our material. He can no longer use Grandmaster Sin Thé's name, image, or likeness or use the name "Shaolin-Do". He is no longer welcome at any Shaolin-Do school, class, tournament, or seminar (either in person or online). Any school that he teaches at or participates in will lose their Shaolin-Do affiliation. Any student who has studied under him up to this point may leave immediately to join another Shaolin-Do school and therefor maintain their loyalty to Grandmaster Sin Thé and their affiliation with Shaolin-Do.



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