Penny Thomas

CONGRATULATIONS TO PENNY THOMAS!

penny thomasThe 2007 ADCC champion Penny Thomas was again at the highest place in the podium at the 2009 BJJ World Championship in Long Beach, California, USA. We are waiting to see her in action again in September at ADCC Barcelona 2009. Championship

South African Jiu-jitsu star Penny Thomas has been competitively involved in sports since she started Gymnastics at age 5. She was part of the SA Junior Olympic Team at 12 years old when she had to stop training to undergo spinal surgery. Penny went on to compete in a variety of sports, including swimming, sprinting and life-guarding. She 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 Brazil each year to train 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.

Penny believes that having a balanced life is the key to being healthy and she has always worked to maintain the academic and artistic aspects of her life. She has won awards for artwork she created, won an Advanced Mathematics Tournament and has had a successful 8 year career in software development.

Penny also believes that as a sportswoman, it’s important to maintain a feminine image, so she practices yoga regularly to maintain her flexibility and posture. She is also conscious about how she fuels her body and has been a vegetarian for the last 6 years. She also loves being outdoors in nature and in the ocean and trains Stand-Up Paddling and Capoeira for her cardio cross training.

source:www.pennyfighting.com

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Previous ADCC (2007) Final Results

The Abu Dhabi Combat Club World Championship is organized each 2 years.

Here are the results from the finals of the previous editions, ADCC 2007, in New Jersey, USA

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MEN

Superfight

Roger Gracie defeated Olav Einemo (Norway)

Absolute division

Robert Drysdale (USA) defeated Marcelo Garcia

Over 99 Kg

Fabricio Werdum defeated Rolles Gracie

Under 99 Kg

Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro defeated Braulio Estima

Under 87 Kg

Demian Maia defeated Flavio Cachorrinho

Under 76 Kg

Marcelo Garcia defeated Pablo Popovich

Under 65 Kg

Rani Yahya defeated Leo Vieria

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WOMEN

Under 55 Kg

Sayaka Shioda (Japan) defeated Felicia Oh (USA)

Under 60 Kg

Kyra Gracie defeated Tara LaRosa (USA)

Under 67 Kg

Hanette “Staack” Quadros defeated Kelly Paul (USA)

Over 67 Kg

Penny Thomas (South Africa) defeated Lana Stefanac (USA)