Thomas hails from Sterling Heights, Michigan. He accepted a college scholarship to play ice hockey in Ohio and graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering Technology in 1987. After graduation Thomas returned to Michigan until his job eventually brought him back to Ohio.
In the late 90's Thomas began training in Shorin-Ryu Karate at the Okinawan Karate Academy under Papa Jules Pommier and Sensei Karl Gruber. In June of 2006 he received his black belt from Papa Jules and Sensei Karl. He also holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has competed in numerous Jiu-Jitsu competitions over the years in the US and internationally.

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