Paul "Deno" Thomas Master Shihan
Rokudan 6th Degree Black Belt
The History of a Master Shihan Paul "Deno" Thomas...
Shihan Paul "Deno" Thomas, Godan (fth Degree Black Belt)
was bom May 14, 1944. Shihan "Deno" Thomas began his
Martial Arts career in 1964. In 1968 he began training at JJ
Karate Association, studying Shorei-Goju under the
instruction of Master Jimmy Jones the founding father of the
Universal Karate Syslenr (UKS). .- In competition he has,won
many awards, plaques and trophies and has become well
known for his fighting and self-defense abilities.
In June of 1979 Master Thomas was promoted to Shod|an (1st
Degree BJack Belt) by Master Jimmy Jones.
In 1981, he joined the staffof Tankson's Martial Aits
Academy, LTD. under the ownership of Shihan Larry Tankson.
Shihan "Deno" was promoted to Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt)
on November 20, 1982 by Shihan Larry Tankson.
In 1990, Master Paul "Deno" Thomas presented his first major
tournament at St. Viators Recreation Center in Chicago, IL
(Midwest Circuit), and has continued to successfully present
this tournament every year throughout the Midwest.
Since 1990, Master Paul "Deno" Thomas has been recognized
as one of the top instructors and outstanding Black Belts in
the Martial Arts Community.
Shihan "Deno" Thomas received his Sandan (3rd Degree
Black Belt) on March 12, 1989 and his Yodan (4th Degree
Black Belt) on December 21, 1990 both were awarded by
Shihan Larry Tankson.
He received his Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) from Master
Preston Baker of the UMAA (United Martial Arts Association)
and a board of higher-ranking Black Belts.
"On February 6, l999 in Flint, Michigan, Shihan Deno Thomas
was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame.
After many years of dedication, Shihan "Deno" Thomas
started teaching on his own on July 20, 1995 at Chase Park in
Chicago, Illinois. In October 1995, the DMAA (Deno' s Martial
Arts Association) was established.
He has since taught classes at the Dolton Park District,
Riverdale Park District, Daniel's Day Care Center in Dolton, IL,
Kids at Work and Play Center in Do!lton, IL, and at the Ark of
St. Sabina in Chicago.
Master Thomas has sponsored programs in these area for
underprivileged children. Master Thomas has turned out top
competitors in the AKA (American Karate j Association) circuit
and within the UKS (Universal Karate System), and his
aspiration is to continue this tradition.
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