About The Founder

Thom has always been involved in health and fitness since he was 15 years old and has continued to pursue interests up to this day. He began his studies in martial arts when he was 30 because he wanted to make better use of his free time and get his head back on his shoulders, to move on a clearer journey.  Thom started martial arts over 25 years ago on the Outer Banks of North Carolina with Bushin Kan Dojo which taught a very classical Japanese-based style of martial arts. 

From there he moved into American style karate K.I.K.S. which he found to be more to his liking because it was more of a striking and punching style similar to boxing. Thom was fortunate to find a similar style when he moved to Colorado and after spending seven years as a student the opportunity presented itself to purchase the school. 

The CPP platform is about building self-confidence and self-awareness. But back when he took the studio over the first and foremost focus was on bully awareness and suicide prevention and still, today is the message.

We do not teach “fighting “ which some people think karate is all about. Karate, itself, is an Asian system of unarmed combat using the hands and feet to deliver and block blows. 

Kenpo Karate, which when translated, means “Law of the Fist and Empty Hand” Thom received his 4th-degree black belt in March 2017 in Sugarland, Texas and continues to learn every day about himself and martial arts thru the variety of people that come into the studio.

So, why does Thom refer to his structure as a studio? 

His structure, location in Woodland Park, CO is a place where visitors are allowed to create, much like where an artist, photographer, sculptor, etc. works. Thom wants visitors to know that no matter their past, his studio is where they can paint and create their masterpiece.

"True strength is in the soul and spirit, not in the muscles."

The Why

Our mission is to improve the lives of at-risk persons through fitness and mentoring. In addition to martial arts and weight training programs already offered, the Colorado Phoenix Project is more so about creating Panthers Boxing TM, a place where the next Olympic champion is waiting to be created. Our focus right now is Teller County and the surrounding area, and we intend to create a strong and proper business model to be duplicated throughout the world.

Our objectives are to offer programs that are suitable for low-income and no-income families, welcoming them and acknowledging their desire to change and strengthen themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally.  We will have resources and mentors for people suffering from domestic violence, alcohol & drug abuse, and LGBTQ groups, classes in relaxation, stress management, acceptance, and love of who you are, are also planned.

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