I started my training in Cuong Nhu with Sensei Carolyn Frazier in
1983. I earned my Black Belt in 1987, Shodan in 1988, Nidan in
1991, Sandan in 1997, Yondan in 2007 and Godan in 2013. Senseis Howie Milwich and Karen Keisling
have also played an
integral part in my training as well as many other great senseis too
numerous to mention. I have organized several tournaments at the
University of Florida (1989-1991) and continue to organize Martial
Arts Night, a showcase of Gainesville area martial arts
groups, also sponsored by the University of Florida.
I was born in Vero Beach, Florida May 1, 1957 and moved to Gainesville in
1975 to go to school. I graduated with a BS in Wildlife Ecology in 1980 and
a MS in Botany (with a Soils minor) in 1988. I currently teach Biology and Ecology
at Santa Fe Community College. I'm married to Sensei Ron Thomas and we have
twin daughters, Kelly and Elena Thomas. Kelly and Elena earned their black belts
in May 2007. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.