• 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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Lonnie McCoy

5th Degree Black Belt

In the early 1970s, martial arts movies were all the rage and most young men, including me, wanted to do the amazing feats portrayed on film. It was not uncommon for an ambitious martial arts teacher or actor to visit our high school and put on a demonstration in hopes of building a following or to increase ticket sales at the theater. I was hooked, and over the next few years tried several different arts including judo, shotokan, taekwondo and others.

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Upcoming Events

Hsing I Eight Essence Fist

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the Hsing I Eight Essence Fist form at his annual winter seminar.

Lower Rank Testing

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM

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

Black Belt Testing

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 3:00 PM

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

Hsing I Eight Essence Fist via Zoom

Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 12:00 PM

For those who cannot attend in person on Saturday, December 12th, Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the Hsing I Eight Essence Fist form online via Zoom.

Winter Rank Advancement Test

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6:30 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct our winter rank advancement test for those students who are ready to advance.

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


December Seminars

Posted: October 31, 2020 7:41 PM

This winter, Grandmaster Sin Thé will teach the Hsing I Eight Essence Fist. This form was developed by legendary General Ye Fei and is derived from the Eight Animal Pa Kua form and incorporates the essences of eight different animals (phequefo, eagle, tiger, dragon, bear, leopard, python, and white crane), including some that will perform duets together. It also incorporates the principles of "hua ching" and includes some unique stances. It can be used for rank advancement from 2nd to 3rd degree black belt.

There will be an in-person event on Saturday, December 12th for all of those who can attend. For those who can't attend in person, there will be an online Zoom version of the seminar the following day! The prices are the same and you can attend either in-person, online, or both! Download your registration form and send it in today to learn this amazing form and to show your support to our Grandmaster!

Rest in Peace, Elder Master Garry Mullins

Posted: September 12, 2020 1:53 PM

The Shaolin-Do Association and the Sin Thé Karate School would like to extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to the family of Elder Master Garry Mullins who passed away tragically and unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020. Rest in peace.

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)



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