• 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


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We offer Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi for adults and children.

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Testimonial

Mark Bongard

3rd 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

Winter Seminar

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will hold his annual winter seminar at the Sin Thé Karate School. Material to be announced.

Spring Seminar

Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will hold his annual spring seminar at Lexington Catholic High School. Material to be announced.


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

News

Congratulations to These Black Belts

Posted: September 27, 2014 8:05 PM

Congratulations to all of the black belts who passed their rank advancement test with Grandmaster Sin Thé and the committee of masters. From left to right, Nancy Borberg (2nd Black, Kansas City, MO), Maureen Borberg (2nd Black, Kansas City, MO), Robert Borberg (2nd Black, Kansas City, MO), Senior Master Tony Gray, Dan Santel (4th Black, Blue Ash, OH), Jacob Wachtman (3rd Black, Blue Ash, OH), Trey Corbin (2nd Black, Lexington, KY), Grandmaster Sin Thé Elder Master Bill Leonard, and Associate Master Joe Harmon.

Congratulations to Our Students

Posted: September 24, 2014 9:03 AM

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

Save the Dates

Posted: September 22, 2014 12:39 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has announced the dates for both his winter and spring seminars in Lexington, KY. Material will be announced soon.

  • Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Sin Thé Karate School
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Lexington Catholic High School

Congratulations to Elder Master Bill Leonard

Posted: September 22, 2014 12:37 PM

Congratulations to Elder Master Bill Leonard who was promoted to 9th Degree Black Sash in the internal program by Grandmaster Sin Thé at the 2014 Fall Gathering on Saturday, September 20th.

New Classes Starting

Posted: September 19, 2014 1:57 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, September 24th

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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