Penny Thomas

penny thomasHome: South Africa
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Gracie Humaitá
Division: over 60 Kg
BJJ/ADCC record:

– 2009 Brazilian Jiu-jitsu World Champion

– 2009  Open class 3rd place in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu World Championship

– 2008  2nd place in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu World Championship
– 2008 Grapplers Quest No-Gi Absolute Champion
– 2007 NAGA Hawaii, Advanced Gi & No-Gi Champion
– 2007 Pan American Champion
– 2007 ADCC Champion
– 2007 Brazilian Jiu-jitsu World Champion

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Penny started brazilian jiu-jitsu in South Africa more for the self defense aspects, but after her first class, BJJ became a big part of Penny’s life – from traveling to Brasil each year to train in Gracie Humaitá and compete, to managing South Africa’s first Brazilian Jiu-jitsu out of her garage, to eventually resigning from her full time job as a software developer to go on tour and become South Africa’s first BJJ World Champion.

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