Penny Thomas in Detail
- 4x World Champion (2009, 2007, 2005 purple, 2004 blue);
- 2x Pan American Champion (2007, 2006 purple);
- ADCC Champion (2007);
- World No Gi Champion (2007);
- 2x Grapplers Quest Superfight Champion (2010 Las Vegas, 2010 Boston);
- 4x Grapplers Quest No-Gi Champion (2009 Del Mar & Las Vegas – open weight, 2008 Las Vegas & New Jersey);
- World Cup Champion (2006 purple);
- South African Grappling Champion (2005);
- ADCC Silver Medallist (2009);
- 3x World BJJ Silver Medallist (2010, 2008, 2003 blue);
- World No Gi Silver Medallist (2008);
- Triple Crown Silver Medallist, Men’s Division (2007 brown).
Weight Division: Meio Pesado (69kg-163lbs)
Team/Association: Gracie Humaita, Rickson Gracie, Maui Jiu Jitsu
Penny Thomas Biography
Penny Thomas was born on the 2nd of July in Durban – South Africa. She got involved with sports from a very early age (5 years old) namely in gymnastics. Penny was a natural athlete and by the age of 12 she became part of the South African junior Olympic team, unfortunately she had to give up her olympic dream due to an injury to her spine for which she had to have surgery.
Penny Thomas did not give up sports, and competed continuously throughout her life in a variety of activities. She came to Jiu Jitsu as a way to learn self defence but soon understood that she had found another sport that could provide her a different sort of challenge. She became so infatuated with BJJ that she started travelling regularly to Brazil in order to compete and train, eventually opening her own grappling academy which operated from her garage. Soon this love for Jiu Jitsu led Penny to quit her job as a software developer to pursue a career as a competitor. After many hours spent on the mats, Penny Thomas was graduated as a black belt by Luis Herédia in 2008.
Penny Thomas is also a gifted mathematician having won an advanced mathematics tournament. Her outstanding attributes do not end with mathematics and sports, she has also won different awards as an artist according to her website http://www.pennyfighting.com.
Penny Thomas vs Shayana Baszler
Penny Thomas vs Tammy Griego
Penny Thomas vs Tracey Goodell
Penny Thomas World No Gi 2010