• 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


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

4th 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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Upcoming Events

Fall Gathering

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé and the SDA will be hosting their annual fall tournament and gathering.

Chen Tai Chi Double Broadsword Seminar

Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will be teaching the Chen Tai Chi Double Broadsword form for the first time.

Fall Rank Advancement Test

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé will conduct our rank advancement test.

Lower Rank Test

Saturday, September 27, 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

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM

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


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

News

Chen Tai Chi Double Broadsword Seminar

Posted: July 30, 2014 9:51 PM

Grandmaster Sin Thé has revealed that he will be teaching, for the first time ever, the Chen Tai Chi Double Broadsword form at his fall seminar in Lexington, KY! More information, including the registration form will be posted very soon. Mark you calendars and make your plans to attend and show your support for our Grandmaster.

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!

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.

Articles

7 Reasons Why Your Child Should Practice Martial Arts

From the Breaking Muscle article by Eric C. Stevens

"The martial arts are ultimately self-knowledge. A punch or a kick is not to knock the hell out of the guy in front, but to knock the hell out of your ego, your fear, or your hang-ups."
— Bruce Lee

Recently on a visit back home, I met my one of my close friends at his son's martial arts studio so I could drop in and see what young Ethan was up to. Ethan was one step away from getting his white sash in Poekoelan, an Indonesian martial art. He beamed with pride as we watched him do various forms and drills. Shortly after I left town, Ethan earned his white sash, upon which he got to join the big kids in the adjacent room. There the big kids practice more advanced forms, techniques, and even some sparring. He was thrilled.

Ethan's always been a good kid, but from what I observed the martial arts gave him quite a healthy dose of self esteem and self respect - two of the many benefits one gains with participation in them. Whether your kid is too bossy, too shy, or perhaps just a little hyper, the martial arts can help your child learn many important life lessons. (And, of course, those same lessons apply for all of us, not just kids.)

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2013 Fall Gathering
Posted: September 23, 2013

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