Tommy has over 40 years training in Seibukan Shorin-Ryu and is a fifth-degree black belt. He has competed in numerous tournaments receiving awards for Sportsman of the Year; Competitor of the Year; Instructor of the Year; and State Champion in Kata, Kumite, and Weapons from the Mississippi Karate Association. He placed 3rd at AAU Nationals in both weapons and kumite. He has also received the Shimabukuro Award for commitment to the Dojo Kun principles. Tommy is married and has three children and one grandchild. He also is the Director of Friends For a Cause, a non-profit organization which focuses on improving the community through volunteering and job placement.placement.