Lineage

Unlike many other schools and martial artists who claim to be "authentic", students of the Sin Thé Karate School have a direct lineage to the Shaolin Temples in China. Our teacher, Elder Master Bill Leonard, and many of the students study directly under Grandmaster Sin Thé. His teacher was Grandmaster Ie Chang Ming, who began his studies at the Shaolin Temple as a young boy. His teacher was the legendary Su Kong Tai Djin! We are only two generations from them!

Grandmasters
Grandmaster Su Kong Tai Djin

1849 - 1928

Grandmaster Ie Chang Ming

1880 - 1976

Grandmaster Sin Kwang Thé

1943 - present

You can read more about Grandmaster Su Kong Tai Djin, Grandmaster Ie Chang Ming, and Grandmaster Sin Kwang Thé on our history page.

Masters

A Shaolin-Do student is considered a Master once he or she has attained the rank of 5th Degree Black Belt or higher. Each rank also has a title — 5th Degree Black Belts are referred to as Associate Masters, 6th Degree Black Belts are Masters, 7th Degree Black Belts are Senior Masters, and 8th Degree Black Belts and higher are Elder Masters.

Many martial arts schools are lucky to have an instructor with a rank of 2nd degree black belt or higher teaching classes. Here at the Sin Thé Karate School, we have a plethora of masters and high ranking black belts to help the students increase their skill sets. The following is not a complete list of Masters in Shaolin-Do. However, it is a list of Masters who are active at the Sin Thé Karate School.

Elder Master Bill Leonard

9th Degree Black Belt, Head Instructor

Elder Master Bill Leonard is Grandmaster Sin Thé's most senior student, having been with him since 1967 and was the first student to attain the rank of 9th Degree Black Belt, having been promoted to that rank in September 2011.

Elder Master Leonard is the head instructor at the Sin Thé Karate School and brings his unparalleled 44+ years of teaching experience to the students there. He not only teaches all ranks of students at the gym, but as a nationally respected instructor, he is often sought out by Shaolin-Do students and masters from across the country for private lessons. He has personally trained more than 10,000 students to the rank of black belt, not to mention the countless other students who have trained under his guidance over the years.

While known for his intense dedication, loyalty, and sense of honor, he is also known as an incredible instructor. He is often the reason many students give for continuing their studies in Shaolin-Do. He is regarded as the premier fighter in Shaolin-Do, having won countless Shaolin-Do and open tournaments over the years.

Along with his wife Dale, who is a 1st Degree Black Belt, they manage the Sin Thé Karate School. Elder Master Leonard has four children and five grandchildren.

7th Degree Black Belt — Senior Master

Ben Collins
Started in August 1989
Promoted in September 2015

Herman Collins
Started in September 1976
Promoted in September 2015

Scott Frasure
Started in July 1976
Promoted in September 2011

Tony Gray
Started in September 1973
Promoted in September 2011

Tim Ray
Started in October 1974
Promoted in September 2011

Rick Reynolds
Started in January 1969
Promoted in September 2015

6th Degree Black Belt — Master

Bill Bivins
Started in March 1973
Promoted in March 2012

Rosie Bivins
Started in November 1976
Promoted in March 2012

Bev Razor
Started in March 1982
Promoted in March 2012

Bill Standafer
Started in November 1979
Promoted in March 2013

5th Degree Black Belt — Associate Master

Andra Collins
Promoted in March 2015

Barbara Elzey
Promoted in March 2017

Don Enzweiler
Promoted in March 2016

Mariah Fowler
Promoted in August 2017

Lonnie McCoy
Promoted in September 2015

Cody Shackelford
Started in May 1991
Promoted in March 2009

Daniel Staite
Promoted in August 2017

Rob Stevens
Promoted in August 2017

Black Belts

Belts and sashes are used to distinguish between the external and internal students. Our external students wear a traditional gi (uniform) and belt while the internal students wear a sam (uniform) and a sash. While belts and sashes are not equivalent, they are comparable in gauging the abilities and progress of a student. Attaining the rank of a black belt or sash is by no means the end of the journey in Shaolin-Do. Rather, it is just the beginning — you are now considered a serious student and your real training begins. Essentially, each rank of black belt or sash is at least equivalent to training from white to black all over again!

Below is an incomplete (but growing) list of students who have received their black belt or sash while studying with us.

4th Degree Black Belt

Mark
Bongard

Kelly
Hunter

Reggie
Smith

3rd Degree Black Belt

Lee
Fields

Dianne
Gray

Bahram
Kakavand

Matt
Kazlauskas

Claude
Meares

Robert
Newton

Steve
Pruitt

Shane
Schmidt

Remy
Simpson

Miles
Thomas

Chris
Wells

3rd Degree Black Sash

Cindy
Blood

David
Fannin

2nd Degree Black Belt

Adi
Antoni

K.C.
Baker

Tiffiney
Baker

Liam
Barnes

Cindy
Blood

Scott
Calhoun

Daniel
Carey

Mila
Chitwood

Jenny
Corbin

Trey
Corbin

Wesley
Davis

Brian
Decker

David
Duncan

Ian
Edwards

Drew
Elliott

David
Fannin

Lisa
Fields

Terry
Filter

Ellen
Gould

Charles
Granville

Michael
Holmes

Will
Holmes

William
Holmes, Jr.

Meridith
Howes

Andrew
Jackson

Christopher
Jaynes

Ross
Leonard

Mason
McCoy

Billy
Mullins

Will
Sloan

Joel
Stevenson

Joe
Walden

Scott
Walker

2nd Degree Black Sash

Kim
Blackburn

Rachel
Bongard

Erin
Mills

1st Degree Black Belt

John
Adaniel

Jun
Adaniel

Moshin
Ali

Courtney
Allison

Paul
Anaya

Jacob
Ang

John
Ang

Tiffany
Antoni

Andy
Armatorio

Aiden
Barnes

Austin
Barnes

William
Bencz

Kim
Blackburn

Alex
Bongard

Matt
Bongard

Braxton
Bosshart

Brett
Bosshart

Tyler
Branham

Arwen
Careaga

Saul
Cervin

Elijah
Corbin

Taylor
Corbin

Porter
Corum

Bill
Davis

Rebecca
Davis

Richard
Dienst

Kayla
Duncan

Stephen
Dundon

Travis
Earlywine

Stephanie
Edelmann

Chuck
Emerich

John
Gonterman

Caster
Grande

Pollux
Grande

Ulysses
Grande

Zach
Hamblen

Brad
Hammers

Lee
Hoffman

Anna
Holmes

Jonathan
Ingram

Nathan
Ingram

Fred
Karem

Eric
Kilten

Jeff
Leddy

Robert
Lee

Clay
Lefler

Doug
Lefler

Kelli
Lefler

Dale
Leonard

Bradley
Lutes

Rob
Lutes

Kennan
Maxwell

Kevin
McCorkle

David
Miles

Robbie
Moore

Lyle
Morgan

Sandy
Morgan

Nick
Mudd

David
Napier

Steve
Olshewsky

Kim
Otis

Mike
Painter

Lora
Popolizio

Tony
Prater

Adam
Reynolds

Todd
Reynolds

Hunter
Rulo

Tony
Sammons

Wade
Schwendeman

Amy
Sheikh

Aprill
Shepherd

John
Sikura

Tina
Skees

Sean
Smith

David
Sweet

Tim
Swerczek

Don
Tegt

Scott
Thompson

Anna
Thornton

Sean
Turner

Tommy
Wahudi

Brandon
White

Jarrod
Wilde

Eddie
Willett

Sherry
Wilson

Wayne D.
Wilson

Robert
Wood

Michael
Yusefzadeh

Will
Zibell

1st Degree Black Sash

Richard
Bartholomew

Jessica
Bedell

Meg
Daugherty

Patti
Hall

Linda
Horvay

Steve
Olshewsky

Diane
Spurlock

If you have received your black belt or sash with us and your name does not appear on this list, or if your name or rank is incorrect, please contact the Webmaster and we will either add you to this list or correct your entry.