Thomas started aikido 30 years ago in Adelaide. He moved to Toowoomba in 2011 and when he found no aikido here, he contacted the senior members of Aiki Kai Australia and got permission from them to start a dojo where he could teach and practice. Thomas regularly attends interstate winter and summer schools and he graded for Nidan in 2013. He conducts classes at the USQ Toowoomba Campus on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Thomas holds an Associate Professor position at the University of Southern Queensland where he works as a research scientist, lectures undergraduate students in Agriculture related subjects and supervises PhD students. He’s also the co-founder/ presenter of the USQ Film Club and a qualified horse riding instructor.