• 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

What We Offer
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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Herman Collins

7th Degree Black Belt

I got my black belt at the Sports Center in 1979, the same year my son Ben was born. In the 80's I took a few years off, but I returned to the club in 1989 along with Ben. He and I been working out together ever since and tested for our second degree black belts together. Since 1992, I've been lucky enough to continue my studies under Elder Master Bill Leonard. In 2009, Grandmaster Sin was gracious enough to promote Ben and I to sixth degree black belt.

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Upcoming Events

Summer Rank Advancement Test

Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct our quarterly rank advancement test for all of our students.

Phequefo Tai Chi Seminar

Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin will teach the Phequefo Tai Chi form.

White Crane Chi Kung Seminar

Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Grandmaster Sin will teach the fifth and final White Crane Chi Kung exersizes.

Lower Rank Test

Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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

Black Belt Test

Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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

Kungfu & Star Wars Kids Camp

Monday, July 11, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Our kid's class instructors are hosting a kungfu and Star Wars camp!

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


Kung Fu & Star Wars Kids Camp

Posted: May 16, 2016 11:36 AM

Our kid's class instructors are hosting a kungfu and Star Wars camp for kids ages 5-12 this summer!

July 11-15 from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
$125 per child (10% discount for additional children)

Call the school at 859-275-2148 to register or for more information!

Seminar Material Announced

Posted: May 9, 2016 7:42 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has announced that he will be teaching an animal Tai Chi form at his June seminar in Lexington! Up first is Phequefo Tai Chi, which unlike Yang 64 (slow) and Chen 83 (slow and explosive), is smooth and fast.

He will also be teaching the fifth and final installment of the White Crane Chi Kung training that afternoon.

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Save the Dates for June

Posted: March 28, 2016 10:56 AM

Be sure to save the following your calendars in June!

  • Monday, June 6th — Pretest for Lower Rank Students
  • Tuesday, June 7th — Brown Belt Pretest
  • Thursday, June 9th at 6:30 PM — Rank Advancement Test with Grandmaster Sin Thé
  • Saturday, June 11th — Grandmaster Sin Thé will be teaching two seminars!
  • Sunday, June 12th at 12:00 PM — Black Belt Rank Advancement Test

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.



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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