• 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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Testimonial

Aprill Shepherd

1st Degree Black Belt

My martial arts studies began with karate classes in the student center at Georgia Tech. This style did not hold my attention, as I had hoped, so I began looking for another style to study. I found an instructor teaching Hung Gar kung-fu and studied with him for several years while I finished my Bachelor's degree and landed my first job. I let a job transfer to Detroit bring my martial arts studies to a halt. It was another 13 years, a career change, and a move to Lexington before my martial arts studies would begin again. It has been my honor to study Shaolin-Do as a student of Elder Master Bill Leonard.

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Upcoming Events

Mulan Long Tassel Sword Seminar

Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 8:30 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the Mulan Long Tassel Sword form and continue with part 3 of the Walking Chi Kung at his annual fall seminar.

Lower Rank Testing

Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct testing for any students who are ready to advance.

Black Belt Testing

Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé and a committee of masters will conduct testing for any black belts who are ready to advance.


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

News

Seminars will be available via Zoom

Posted: August 10, 2020 5:22 PM

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Grandmaster Sin Thé has decided to make both of his seminars in September available via Zoom for those who cannot attend the in-person versions on Saturday, September 19th in Lexington.

The following day, Sunday, September 20th, Grandmaster Sin will hold two separate Zoom sessions for those who want to attend virtually.

  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Mulan's Long Tassel Sword
  • 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM — Walking Chi Kung - Level 3

The online versions of the seminars will be available to everyone who signs up. You can attend either in person, online, or both! We will email the Zoom link and information to everyone who registers for the seminars sometime during the week prior to the them.

September Event Changes

Posted: August 5, 2020 7:48 PM

Due to the current circumstances, Grandmaster Sin Thé and Elder Master Bill Leonard have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Fall Gathering in Lexington that was originally scheduled for Saturday, September 19th.

The Mulan's Long Tassel Sword seminar has been moved forward one day from Sunday to Saturday, September 19th at the Oleika Shriner Temple on Southland Drive.

Updated Internal Rank Advancement Requirements

Posted: December 12, 2019 8:59 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé and Elder Master Bill Leonard have updated the rank advancement requirements for the internal system. Please see the link below for the latest list of requirements:

Internal Rank Advancement Requirements (PDF) (as of October 2019)

Articles

Fitness

  1. Runners and Weak Hips: 5 Hip-Strengthening Exercises via Active.com
  2. 10 Tips for Safe Stretching via Better Health Channel
  3. Martial arts offers extraordinary fitness and health benefits to people in their 40's and 50's via NaturalNews.com
  4. 51 Fastest Fat Burners via CNN.com

Meditation

  1. Meditation Makes Your Brain Quicker via Gizmodo.com
  2. Can Meditation Change Your Brain? via CNN.com

Tai Chi

  1. The Health Benefits of Tai Chi via Harvard.edu
  2. Tai Chi: A New Weapon in the Battle Against Alzheimer's via NextAvenue.org
  3. Tai Chi Benefits for Beginners: Rewards From Your Tai Chi Practice via BeginnersTaiChi.com
  4. Tai Chi May Help Parkinson's Patients Regain Balance via National Public Radio
  5. Tai Chi, A 'Medication In Motion,' Helps People With Heart Failure via National Public Radio
  6. Tai Chi Helps Arthritis Pain, Stiffness via CNN.com
  7. Tai Chi Reported to Ease Fibromyalgia via New York Times
  8. A Downside to Tai Chi? None That I See via New York Times

Kids

  1. 7 Reasons Why Your Child Should Practice Martial Arts via BreakingMuscle.com
  2. How Does Karate Help Kids With ADHD? via eHow.com
  3. Benefits of Martial Arts Training for Kids via American Fitness Professionals & Associates

Miscellaneous

  1. Masters of Inner Peace via DailyMail.com
  2. Female Army Veteran Gets Second Chance at Life with SynCardia's Total Artificial Heart After Being Referred to Hospice Care via SynCardia.com
  3. Sin Thé Karate School in Southsider Magazine via Southsider Magazine
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2013 Fall Gathering
Posted: September 23, 2013

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