• 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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Tai Chi / Internal Program
Weight Room

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

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Claude Meares

3rd Degree Black Belt

I began my studies in Shaolin-Do in June 1992 under the guidance of Grandmaster Sin Kwang Thé. At the time, I was merely looking for a better way to fight and stay in shape. I am no longer looking. To bluntly state that Shaolin-Do has changed my life is an understatement. Shaolin-Do is so rich and fulfilling that I have spent the last half of my life learning and using it, and I've just barely even scratched the surface.

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Upcoming Events

1st Road of 10,000 Lotus Review

Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Senior Master Eric Bullock will lead a review session of the 1st Road of the 10,000 Lotus Blooming form.

2nd Road of 10,000 Lotus Review

Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Senior Master Chris Dillingham will lead a review session of the 2nd Road of the 10,000 Lotus Blooming form.

Winter Rank Advancement Test

Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct our quarterly rank advancement test.

Winter Seminar

Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé's quarterly seminar. Material TBA.

Meditation Seminar

Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé's quarterly meditation seminar. Material TBA.

Lower Rank Test

Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM

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

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


Seminar Review Sessions

Posted: October 5, 2015 8:46 AM

As Grandmaster Sin Thé continues to teach out high levels forms, we realize that some students who attended his seminars may have forgotten parts of the forms over time. Elder Master Leonard has asked some of the Shaolin-Do masters to lead a review class on some of these forms. Each month that Grandmaster Sin Thé is not in Lexington, we will hold a one hour seminar to review (not teach) a particular form.

  • Sunday, October 18th at 11:30 AM — Senior Master Eric Bullock will review the 1st Road of the 10,000 Lotus Blooming
  • Sunday, November 8th at 11:30 AM — Senior Master Chris Dillingham will review the 2nd Road of the 10,000 Lotus Blooming

The cost of all of the seminars will be $30 per person and will last approximately one hour. No video camera will be allowed.

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.


Newspaper Article About Grandmaster Sin Thé

Posted: September 28, 2015 8:31 AM

To help us recognize and celebrate Grandmaster Sin Thé's 50 years of teaching Shaolin-Do in the United States, Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald-Leader interviewed him during the Fall Gathering at Lexington Catholic High School on Saturday. It is a very complimentary article with a lot of interesting information about our grandmaster and our art. Please give it a read!

Martial Arts Leader Celebrates 50 Years of Teaching in Lexington

Congratulations ot These Masters

Posted: September 26, 2015 5:52 PM

Congratulations to all of these masters for their promotions! From left to right: Associate Master Lonnie McCoy, Senior Master Sean Elliott, Senior Master Eric Bullock, Senior Master Eric Burke, Senior Master Herman Collins, Senior Master Ben Collins, and Senior Master Rick Reynolds.

Congratulations to Our Students

Posted: September 23, 2015 8:04 AM

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

And an extra special congratulations to our three newest black belts — Ulysses Grande, Ian Edwards, and Jacob Ang!


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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