Jenny Thomas, AJJ Hall of Famer

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While Jenny is now retired from competitive Jiu-Jitsu, she was an early super-star at Austin Jiu-Jitsu. This page recognizes her accomplishments.

Background

Jenny Thomas of Austin, Texas began training at the age of 7. She began competing at the age of 9 and coaching kids in ground fighting at 14. She was the Austin Jiu-Jitsu Assistant Coach for Children’s Programs. She trained with the Austin Jiu-Jitsu adult competition team and was a competitive swimmer with her high school team, Longhorn Aquatics in Austin, and The University of Chicago’s varsity women’s team. Jenny graduated with a degree in Economics from The University of Chicago and now works in Austin, Texas in the finance industry. She is an avid fitness junkie.

Jenny Thomas

Highlights

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt - 16 years of training
  • State, regional, and national-level competitor in Submission Grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling
  • Self defense seminar instructor, targeted at self-defense for girls ages 7-13.
  • 2 years coaching of children’s grappling programs
  • 2 Seasons of Wrestling (folkstyle), including a 4th-place finish in an all-boys divisions at the HOT Nationals, 2007
Brief Competition History
  • 1st, Women’s Advanced Grappling Division, Austin Martial Arts Festival 2008
  • 1st, No Gi Women’s: North American Grappling (NAGA) Champion - , 134 lbs and under. She was the youngest and lightest competitor. Dallas, 2008
  • 2nd, Women’s gi: BJJ Winter Wars 6. Dallas, 2008. She was the youngest and lightest competitor.
  • 2nd, Women’s no gi: BJJ Winter Wars 6. Dallas, 2008. She was the youngest and lightest competitor.
  • 1st, Women’s gi: Dallas, 2007. First adult competition at the age of 14.
  • 4th, 110 lb 13 year olds, Div 5 Open.: Heart of Texas Wrestling Nationals, 2007. 4th out of 16 in an all-boys division.
  • 1st, 110 lb 13 year olds, Div 5 Open. SW Austin wrestling competition. All wins by pin.
  • 1st, No gi Kids: Carlson Gracie Open, Dripping Springs, TX, 2005. She was the only girl competing, all wins by submission.
  • 1st, Gi Kids: Carlson Gracie Open, Dripping Springs, TX, 2005. She was the only girl competing, all wins by submission, all in under 1 minute.
  • 2nd, Kids Advanced no gi: Houston Grapplemania, 2005. She got a 15 second triangle submission in round 1. Her one loss was by points to the phenom, Drake Dudley.
  • 1st, Kids no gi: Dripping Springs, 2006. She was the only girl competing and won all matches by submission.
  • 1st, Kids no gi: Dripping Springs, TX 2004. All-boys division, all wins by submission.
  • 2nd, Teens gi: Smack-Down In H-Town. Houston, 2004. In a teen division as an 11 year old.
  • 2nd, Kids Beginner Gi, BJJ Winter Wars 1. Dallas, 2002

See videos of many of Jenny’s competition performances here.

Community

Jenny was the founder and president of Girl Power of Texas, a non-profit organization providing mentoring for girls in underserved areas of Central Texas.