• 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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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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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

Hsing I Broadsword Seminar

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the Hsing I Reversible Broadsword form.

Lower Rank Test

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Grandaster Sin Thé will hold a test for any lower rank student (white - brown belt/sash) who is ready to test.

Black Belt Test

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé and a committee of masters will hold a test for any black belt/sash student who is ready to test.

Winter Rank Advancement Test

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct our quarterly rank advancement test.

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


Thanksgiving Schedule

Posted: November 17, 2017 2:55 PM

The school will be closed Wednesday, November 22nd through Sunday, November 26th for the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy the time off, but remember that whatever you eat you will have to sweat off when you come back! Also, please don't forget to practice because testing coming up quickly!

December Schedule

Posted: November 17, 2017 2:47 PM

Please keep the following December dates in mind:

  • Wednesday, December 6th — Lower Rank Pretest at 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 7th — Brown Belt Pretest at 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 9th — Hsing I Broadsword Seminar at 9:00 AM
  • Sunday, December 10th — Lower Rank Test at 9:30 AM and Black Belt Test at 10:00 AM
  • Tuesday, December 12th — Winter Rank Advancement Test with Grandmaster Sin Thé at 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 14th — Christmas Party and Potluck at 6:30 PM

Also, please keep the following schedule changes in mind:

  • The Saturday morning Black Belt Class will not meet in December. It will resume its normal schedule on Saturday, January 6th.
  • Following the Christmas party, the school will continue to be open its normal days and hours through Thursday, December 21st, however there will not be any classes. We will be then be closed from Friday, December 22nd through Monday, January 1st. We will resume our normal hours and classes on Tuesday, January 2nd.

Hsing I Reversible Broadsword Seminar

Posted: October 30, 2017 9:19 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has announced that he will be teaching the Hsing I Reversible Broadsword form at his winter seminar at the Sin Thé Karate School in Lexington on Saturday, December 9th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Continuing with the series of Hsing I weapons, this form focuses on twisting and turning the body to generate power with the broadsword. It is 2 sections long and contains 24 postures.

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December Weekend Test Times Changed

Posted: October 19, 2017 10:44 AM

Please be aware that Grandmaster Sin Thé has changed the time of the weekend tests on Sunday, December 10th. The lower rank test will start at 9:30 AM and the black belt test will start at 10:00 AM.

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.




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