• 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

Barbara Elzey

5th Degree Black Belt

I began Shaolin-Do Karate in 1982 while a junior at the University of Kentucky at the urging of my fiancé, who was a black belt in the style. I entered the study of karate with a certain amount of skepticism. I did not have a great desire to be punched and kicked and began, as most women begin, with a very tentative attitude. I had been an athlete all through high school and college so the physical exercise was something I was used to, but I soon found that Shaolin exercised muscles I never knew I had. During that first year, I went to a seminar at Sin Thé's dojo. There, a female green belt kicked me so hard in the stomach that I went down and couldn't get back up for what seemed an incredibly long time. It was then and there that I came to a strong realization. If a woman smaller than me could put me down to the ground, just about anyone could. It was time to learn how to prevent that from happening.

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To read more of what our students are saying about us, be sure to visit our testimonials page.

Upcoming Events

Meditation Seminar

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Elder Master Leonard will teach an Introduction to Meditation seminar.

Black Belt Test

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Elder Master Leonard and a committee of masters will conduct a test for any black belt/sash students who are ready to test.

Winter Rank Advancement Test

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Elder Master Leonard will conducct our quarterly rank advancement test.

Christmas Party & Potluck

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 6:30 PM

We will have our annual Christmas Party and Potluck Dinner! Bring your family, your friends, and your favorite dish to share!


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

News

End of the Year Schedule

Posted: November 12, 2018 11:07 AM

For everyone's benefit, here is our schedule for the rest of the year:

  • Wednesday, November 21st to Sunday, November 25th — Closed for Thanksgiving
  • Wednesday, December 5th — Lower Rank Pretest
  • Thursday, December 6th — Brown Belt Pretest
  • Saturday, December 8th
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM — Elder Master Leonard's Meditation Seminar
    1:00 PM — Black Belt Rank Advancement Test
  • Tuesday, December 11th @ 6:30 PM — Rank Advancement Test
  • Wednesday, December 12th @ 6:30 PM — School Christmas Party & Potluck Dinner

Although the school will be open most days during the holidays, there will be no classes until Wednesday, January 2nd.

Meditation Seminar

Posted: November 12, 2018 11:02 AM

Elder Master Bill Leonard will hold an Introduction to Meditation seminar on Saturday, December 8th from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM. Any Shaolin-Do students interested in attending should dress out in their uniforms (be ready to work out) and also bring a notebook. The price will be $85 and you can register at the door.

New Internal Rank Advancement Criteria

Posted: March 26, 2018 3:41 PM

Elder Master Bill Leonard and Grandmaster Sin Thé have announced a new rank advancement curriculum for all of the internal students of Shaolin-Do.

Internal Rank Advancement Curriculum (PDF)

Expanded Black Belt Rank Advancement Material

Posted: January 2, 2018 3:30 PM

In December, Grandmaster Sin Thé and Elder Master Bill Leonard announced that they have added all of the seminar material that Grandmaster Sin Thé has taught in the last 20+ years to the black belt rank advancement requirements. All of the existing material is still in its original place and all of the required material is the same. The seminar kata have been added as options to fill out the ten pieces of material required for rank advancement. As Grandmaster Sin Thé continues to teach out material, it will be added into the rank advancement requirements.

You can view the current black belt rank advancement requirements via the PDF linked below.

New Black Belt Rank Advancement Material (PDF)

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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