• 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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Weight Room

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

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Brianna Bodine

2nd Degree Brown Belt and Yellow Sash

As a young adult, I always had an aggressive streak. I was the epitome of a tom boy, and I participated in fighting styles such as Tae Kwan Do, Kempo and kickboxing. However, I drifted away from fighting systems and martial arts for years because it became repetitive and uninteresting. When I came to Lexington to attend graduate school at the University of Kentucky, the last thing I expected to encounter was Shaolin Kung Fu. I came to the Sin Thé Karate School by accident, on a whim, and I signed up that night, which would be the beginning of a way of life infinitely more fulfilling than anything I've known before.

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Upcoming Events

Mulan's Single Iron Fan Seminar

Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach Mulan's Single Iron Fan form at his annual winter seminar.

Lower Rank Testing

Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct a test for white - brown belt students.

Black Belt Testing

Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé and a committee of masters will conduct a test for black belt students.

Winter Rank Advancement Test

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct our annual winter rank advancement test.

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


Mulan's Single Iron Fan Seminar

Posted: October 19, 2016 8:34 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach Mulan's Single Iron Fan (White Crane Dances in the Clouds) at his annual winter seminar in Lexington, KY.

Grandmaster Sin has already taught the Chen Tai Chi Single Iron Fan and Mulan's Double Iron Fan forms. This particular form is very different from the Chen Tai Chi Single Iron Fan because it is as fluid as silk and yet very deadly as well. Throughout the form, Mulan transforms herself into a giant white crane and dances among the clouds. While she dances, the fan goes from one hand to the other.

The registration form will be avilable soon.

Help our Grandmaster Go to China

Posted: October 18, 2016 1:05 PM

Senior Master Joe Schaefer has organized a GoFundMe page to help Grandmaster Sin Thé travel to China in November. For more information or to contribute, please visit the link below.


2018 China Trip

Posted: October 2, 2015 10:13 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé and Senior Master Joe Schaefer have organized a trip to China in 2018. If you would like to experience this trip with them, please check out the link below for more information.




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