Tracy Lee Thomas was born in Cudahy, Wisconsin in 1966 and spent a happy childhood in the company of his four siblings – three sisters and one brother. His earliest childhood memories are of him helping his father a naturally gifted man, a master mechanic and master craftsman with woodworking and rebuilding cars. His mother, a wonderful loving and caring woman that was the core of a strong family that taught him valuable life lessons.
Tracy Lee Thomas is a man of many accomplishments. He is a veteran of the United States Navy, a Master Martial Arts Instructor, a business consultant, founder of multiple companies and an author. He was born in Cudahy, Wisconsin in 1966 and spent a happy childhood in the company of his four siblings – three sisters and one brother. His earliest childhood memories are of him helping his father a naturally gifted man, a master mechanic and master craftsman with woodworking and rebuilding cars. His mother, a wonderful loving and caring woman that was the core of a strong family that taught him valuable life lessons.
Learning the ropes while building a strong foundation
The martial arts bug bit him early on and in 1983, at the age of tender age of 17, he had already started his first martial arts school. In 1985, he moved to Georgia, where he became a chief martial arts instructor and manager of a nautilus facility. Two years later, he joined the United States Navy and served our nation in the Gulf War during Operation Dessert Storm. During this time he continued his personal martial arts training and developing a strong martial arts combative skill set that he could teach at a club while stationed primarily in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia… Izmir, Turkey and Cairo, Egypt.
After receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy in Norfolk, Virginia he set up a martial arts school in 1991, in Virginia Beach. Years later, he met his future wife-to-be, Kelly, and in 1997 they were married. With two wonderful children, Shane and Justin family life was beginning to happen.
Later in the 1990s, he started his first marketing company, Success Advertising & Marketing. And opened several more martial art schools. All this while, he was learning Krav Maga and in 2001, he received his Krav Maga Certification. The next year, he tested for his sixth degree black belt and in 2003, he earned the title of Martial Arts Master.
Becoming a business consultant
Around this time, he also started to use his successful martial arts business system concepts to consult businesses in multiple industries. He had developed a high level three-tier consulting platform, which draws on his experience as a martial artist and founder of many successful businesses.
He has used the model successfully, to consult martial arts school owners, landscaping companies, chiropractors, personal trainers, dance studios, fitness centers, construction companies, music companies, and many others. He is able to bring his consulting experience outside of martial arts, to bring superior results to business owners throughout the United States.
In 2008, he tested for the seventh degree black belt and in 2009, he was awarded the rare distinction of Martial Arts Sr. Master. By this time, he had achieved many of his goals he had set for himself. Yet he had always nurtured a dream of writing his own book and becoming an author.
Innings as an author
Tracy Lee Thomas is what he is because of a solid upbringing in his family and his martial arts training. So it was only fair that he passed on his knowledge and understanding of the martial arts philosophy and life in general, to society thereby changing lives. So in 2009, he began writing concepts for several books.
His first effort culminated in 2011 on several projects. One project was a basic curriculum book to be used as a Manual for Krav Maga school Owners, instructors and students. He is also the author of other well received books such as the Cutting Edge To Success- Personal Development and Times Management Skills that Will Change Your Life! (a self help and personal development book), Placing Your Puzzle Pieces Together In Business (a basic business guide book utilized to help small businesses with a starting point), Life’s Snapshots (a book written with daily sayings and motivational quotes) and Ignite Your Online Performance (a book which neatly delineates the fundamentals of marketing).
What does he do when he is not training or consulting
Outside of the martial arts training as a practitioner, he is also the President of Changing Lives Martial Arts, Inc. (a chain of four Martial Arts & Krav Maga Schools), President and CEO of Rev Marketing 2 U, Inc., Go2Karate®, ouR-Card™ and ouR-Box4U™, and SOS Inc. (Superior Operations Solution 24/7)
When he is not working, Tracy likes to spend time with his family. He loves to traveling the world with his lovely wife Kelly, snowboarding or kayaking with the dolphins. He is also an animal lover and has two Chinese Shar-Pei that love to chase away the great blue herons that frequent their koi pond. His other interests are, riding motorcycle- with a collection of bikes, firearms, Mountain and road biking, sailing, and many other outdoor activities. Tracy and his wife enjoy the memories of raising their two boys, now young adults. From back packing along the Appalachian trail, to hiking in the Shenandoah park their family has always enjoyed the outdoors that have created great family memories.