Shane Thomas is a native of Anderson, South Carolina. In 2006, he earned a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Anderson University. His work experience includes many years of security in various locations, such as; Retail Loss Prevention and College Campus Safety Officer. Currently Mr Thomas is a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Security Officer. He is a supervisor at one of many sites contracted through American Services, inc.
Mr Thomas' Journey in Kenpo began in 2004 in the Tracy's System of Kenpo. Upon obtaining his third degree brown belt, he sought out instruction in Ed Parker's American Kenpo Karate. For the training he desired, he would routinely travel on average three to six hours once to twice weekly. At that time, his instructor, Tim Kinney, 2nd degree black belt in Kenpo Karate gave him the requirements needed under the standards of the Advanced Kenpo Training System (AKTS) to reach first degree brown belt. In 2009, Mr. Kinney closed the doors to his school. At this point Master John Sepulveda accepted Mr Thomas as a Personal Student.
In 2009, South Carolina Kenpo Karate opened its doors. Accountability is the foundation in this school. As the head instructor, Mr Thomas not only holds himself and his students accountable for their training and professionalism, but encourages his students to take accountability for themselves. This is a necessity for ensuring quality.
Currently in 2019, Mr Thomas is a fourth degree black belt under Master John Sepulveda. Master Sepulveda is the President and Founder of the AKTS. Mr Thomas consistenly travels attending numerous camps and seminars and occasionally teaching at select events through the AKTS. To maintain and further his knowledge he continues private lessons throughout the year with Master Sepulveda. Through this active training and education Mr. Thomas continues his journey with the same values and standards he started with in order to uphold the integrity of Kenpo, the AKTS and South Carolina Kenpo Karate.