3rd Degree Black Belt
athlete, Ms. Thomas began training as a competitive gymnast at age six.
She has also
taught and performed on dance teams and cheerleading squads since a
until later in life, however, that she finally found her true passion..
Entering John Barnett's KICKS Kenpo studio, she thought Karate might
provide a good athletic workout. Plus, she “had always wanted to try
martial arts—it was on that
long list of
‘Things to Do Before I Die.’ ”
Within a few months, she was hooked.
Over the next few
years, she trained
group classes and under the personal tutelage of Tony Glorioso.
“Through this intense training,” says
Ms. Thomas, “I was
able to achieve more than
I ever imagined
possible—at an astonishing
pace. Receiving my
Black Belt in October of 2005 was the achievement I consider the
greatest and most meaningful of my entire
“For me, the main challenge of Kenpo has been not physical, but mental.
Pursuing Kenpo has helped me transform my life—to become more effective
and fearless in every area.”
Jennifer is now driven to pass this same gift on to others. To empower
children, women, and men—physically, mentally, and spiritually. By
launching Old School Kenpo, she is on her way to achieving that dream.