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
We offer Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi for adults and children.
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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.
To read more of what our students are saying about us, be sure to visit our testimonials page.
In celebration of the year of the monkey, Grandmaster Sin Thé has decided to teach the Green City Mountain Monkey Fist form at his spring seminar.
Grandmaster Sin Thé will hold a rank advancement test for lower rank students from out of town.
Grandmaster Sin Thé and a committee of masters will be conducting a test for black belt students.
Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct our quarterly rank advancement test for all of our students.
Be sure to check out the schedule for all the upcoming events, class times, and hours.
Posted: February 1, 2016 10:41 AM
In celebration of the year of the monkey, Grandmaster Sin Thé has decided to teach the Green City Mountain Monkey Fist form at his spring seminar in Lexington, KY. And this isn't just any monkey form! From the Er Mei temple, it is 8 sections long and a total of 61 moves. This form is very illusive and quick. It uses gentleness and agility to overcome strong and hard attacks from your opponent.
Be sure to download, print, and send in your registration form today! Let's show our support for Grandmaster Sin Thé for all of the incredible material he continues to teach out and make this another hugely successful seminar!
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.
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!
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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|2013 Fall Gathering|
Posted: September 23, 2013