Thomas K. Jones


Thomas (Tommy) K. Jones, Jr. was born on December 11, 1962 in Honolulu, HI. In 1963 he moved to Tennessee. In 1980 he bagan studying Wado-ryu karate under Paul Vauner. However, he had to quit a few months later due to football practice. In 1982 he resumed training in Wado-ryu under David Deaton in Murfreesboro, TN while attending Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). Tommy graduated from MTSU in May of 1986 with a BS in Chemistry with a minor in Biology. In June of 1986, Tommy moved to Tuscaloosa, AL to begin graduate school in chemistry at The University of Alabama. In January of 1987, Tommy began training in Isshin-ryu karate under Sensei Jon Lee. Tommy obtained his shodan on September 16, 1989, Nidan December 01, 1991, Sandan March 1, 1994, Yondan April 10, 1997,Godan April 26, 2003 and Rokudan on April 24, 2009. December 1992 Tommy obtained his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from The University of Alabama. Tommy currently studies Isshin-ryu karate under Sensei Jon Lee and Sensei A. J. Advincula. Tommy currently teaches Isshin-ryu at The First Baptist Church in Columbia, TN and is an Nidan in Wado-ryu under Sensei Gene Foster.


Thomas K. Jones, Jr., Ph.D.
8342 Old Highway 43
Mt. Pleasant, TN 38474
Ph: (931)379-5463
Fax: (931)379-7218
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