• 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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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

Winter Rank Advancement Test

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct our quarterly rank advancement test.

May Flower Cane Seminar

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will hold his annual winter seminar at the Sin Thé Karate School. He will teach the May (Plum) Flower Cane form.

Lower Rank Test

Sunday, December 7, 2014 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, December 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

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

Christmas Potluck

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM

The school will hold it's annual end of the year Christmas party and potluck dinner.

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.


Holiday Schedule

Posted: November 19, 2014 9:15 AM

Here is a summary of the important dates and times over the next couple of weeks as we wind down our semester and head into the holiday season:

  • Monday, November 24th at 7:00 PM — Lower Rank (White - Green) Pretest
  • Tuesday, November 25th at 6:00 PM &mdahs; Brown Belt Pretest
  • Thursday, November 27th - Sunday, November 30th — Closed for Thanksgiving
  • Tuesday, December 2 at 6:30 PM — Rank Advancement Test with Grandmaster Sin Thé
  • Saturday, December 6th at 9:00 AM — May Flower Cane Seminar with Grandmaster Sin Thé
  • Sunday, December 7th — Testing with Grandmaster Sin Thé (Lower Ranks at 10:00 AM and Black Belts at 12:00 PM)
  • Wednesday, December 17th — Last night of classes
  • Thursday, December 18th at 6:30 PM — Christmas Party and Potluck Dinner
  • Saturday, January 3rd — All classes resume as normal

May (Plum) Flower Cane Seminar

Posted: October 27, 2014 11:11 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has announced that for the first time ever, he will be teaching the May (Plum) Flower Cane form at his winter seminar at the Sin Thé Karate School in Lexington, KY. The form is three section and twenty eight postures long. The cane itself if similar to the Darumo Stick forms he has taught previously, but instead of the handle being straight on both sides, this cane has a hammer shaped head on one side and a taper point/hook on the other side. Make your plans to attend, learn a great form, and support both Grandmaster Sin and the SDA!

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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.

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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