Jennifer Thomas

Co-founder, Instructor

3rd Degree Black Belt


     A lifelong 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

     It wasn’t 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
vigorously in 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.