• 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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We offer Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi for adults and children.

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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

Lost Tracking Fist Seminar

Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the 1st Road of the Shaolin Lost Tracking Fist at his seminar on Saturday, May 31st.

Lower Rank Test

Sunday, June 1, 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, June 1, 2014 at 12:00 PM

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

Summar Rank Advancement Test

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct our quarterly rank advancement test on Tuesday, June 3rd at 6:00 PM.

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


Issue #1 of The Shaolin Way is Now Available

Posted: April 8, 2014 2:22 PM

The first issue of "The Shaolin Way" is out. Members should have received an email from Senior Master Joe Schaefer with instructions on how to access it.

Be sure to visit TheShaolinWay.com for more information and to sign up today!

Summer Seminar Material Announced

Posted: March 31, 2014 4:33 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has decided to teach the 42-posture 1st Road of the Shaolin Lost Tracking Fist form, so named because its peculiar direction changes cause your opponent to lose track of you. When you think it should turn right, instead it turns left. When you think it should move forward, it moves back.

Although it is not clear when these forms were developed in the temple, they were known to be introduced by various traveling monks (Sanxi, Zexiang, & Suchow) to Shantung provinces from Henan Shaolin Temple during the early Ming Dynasty (~600 years ago). It did not become well known until Kou Yen Chia, Jet Li's character in the movie Fearless, used it to defeat the western muscle man in an infamous duel.

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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!

Save the Dates!

Posted: March 26, 2014 1:38 PM

In case you haven't heard, Grandmaster Sin Thé will be coming back to Lexington four times per year now! That means more seminars and more tests! Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar:

  • Saturday, May 31st — Seminar at the Sin Thé Karate School (material to be announced very soon)
  • Sunday, June 1st — Lower Rank Testing @ 10:00 AM and Black Belt Testing @ 12:00 PM.

Shaolin Monks Training

Posted: February 21, 2014 3:47 PM

We found an amazing 18 photograph gallery of Shaolin monks training on Memolition.com. Click the photo below to view the gallery.


Runners and Weak Hips: 5 Hip-Strengthening Exercises

From the Active.com article by Mackenzie Lobby.

Since the sport of running has begun to enjoy a second boom in recent years, much attention has been paid to injury prevention. More specifically, the industry has focused largely on both foot strike and footwear as major causes of running ailments. It turns out, however, that there's another culprit that runners often overlook: hip weakness.

Jason Fitzgerald, a 2:39 marathoner and coach in the Washington D.C. area, says that hip weakness has become more prevalent as a result of the sitting we do in our daily lives. "When you consider how important proper hip strength is for runners and the fact that most runners don't do the specific strength exercises that bolster the hip muscles, it's a disaster waiting to happen," he says.

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