• 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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Anthony Rosenbaum

1st Degree Black Belt and 1st Degree Black Sash

I have always been interested in martial arts, but I was never very sports savvy. It wasn't until I was to turn 31 that I decided to take the initiative and learn Shaolin-Do. My first teacher, Master Herman Collins, explained that "martial arts puts everyone on a level playing field" that "people with natural athletic talent have no greater ability than anyone else." It is true, the more you put into this experience, the better you will be at it; the only limit is yourself.

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Upcoming Events

Tai Chi Stick Seminar

Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will hold his annual spring seminar at Lexington Catholic High School. He will teach the "Stick the Beat the Dog" form from the Dragon Gate Tai Chi system.

Lower Rank Test

Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will hold a rank advancement test for lower rank students from out of town.

White Crane Chi Kung Seminar

Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the second portion of the White Crane Chi Kung seminar

Black Belt Test

Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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

Spring Rank Advancement Test

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct our quarterly rank advancement test.

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


Happy Chinese New Year

Posted: February 19, 2015 12:00 AM

Second March Seminar Added

Posted: February 17, 2015 12:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has decided to teach the second portion of the White Crane Chi Kung training, known as "Bore Into Earth and Penetrate Heaven". The seminar will be on Sunday, March 15th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 at the Sin Thé Karate School. As an added bonus, if you join The Shaolin Way, you will receive a DVD of the first part of the training!

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March Seminar Material Announced

Posted: December 15, 2014 8:22 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has announced that he will be teaching the Ta Kou Pang (Stick That Beat the Dog) form from the Dragon Gate Tai Chi system. This form uses an elongated short stick which measures from your elbow to the floor. This is the same length as the Drunken Beggar Stick form. The Dragon Gate Tai Chi system is a direct descendant of the system developed by the inventor of Tai Chi, Chang San Fung. It is 4 sections and 48 postures in length.

Mark your calendars now for March 14, 2015 and show your support for Grandmaster Sin Thé as he continues to teach out this awesome material!

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The Shaolin Way w/ Grandmaster Sin Thé

Posted: March 31, 2014 12:47 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has launched a brand new website called, The Shaolin Way (theshaolinway.com). This is his personal blog he has developed in order to connect with Shaolin-Do students from across the country and around the world. There are a number of benefits to joining, including an interactive monthly newsletter from Grandmaster Sin with video clips, training tips, diet and health advice, interviews, stories, pictures, etc.!

Be sure to visit TheShaolinWay.com for more information and sign up today!


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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