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On Ch. Master Nominee Eric Thomas…

I wanted to wait until after the holidays (and election) and also until after his super-amazing daughter tested for her 1st degree Black Belt to write this so… delayed…

A note on our top instructor Chief Master Nominee (CMN) Eric Thomas…

He’s recently been awarded the rank of 8th Degree Black Belt…

CMN Thomas has been serving students in our schools and in Arizona (and in South Dakota) for nearly 3 decades. I first met CMN Thomas at a regional tournament and – despite the fact that he beat me – I thought “what a great person and martial artist!”…

Now, more than 2 decades later, he’s been a key to well over 15,000+ students and 1,700+ Black Belts at KarateBuilt Martial Arts. Even though his time is limited, he probably got a chance to teach each one of the Black Belts at some point! Not just because he’s such a great instructor but also has always partnered with me (even before Master Sanborn and the rest of the team were part of the team) in developing our curriculum and instructional program. Every one of the students and Black Belts owes him for their results and success.

Personally, he’s always inspired me to reach beyond the standard organizational curriculum and methods to keep improving and make our classes and how we train instructors better (we just spent an hour last Tuesday talking about the next things coming up!). I know the rest of our instructors now and over the years would agree that none of what has been accomplished would have been nearly as good without him!

He’s a great martial arts student, an incredible instructor and an amazing friend!

Thanks Sir!






Ch. Master Greg Moody, Ph.D.

P.S. Here are some more photos…

Eric Thomas with Cane at TournamentEric Thomas with CaneEric Thomas Jump Side KickEric Thomas with Sword and KarateBuilt Martial Arts have been selected the nation’s #1 martial arts schools for EIGHT YEARS IN A ROW!

Founded in 1995 by Dr. Greg Moody an 8th degree Black Belt and Chief Master Instructor, KarateBuilt Martial Arts and Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

KarateBuilt Martial Arts Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape), or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours or the day, 7 days a week at 866-311-1032 for one of our nationwide locations. You can also visit our website at

About Dr. Greg Moody:  Greg is an eighth-degree black belt and chief master instructor.  He has a Ph.D. in Special Education from Arizona State University (along with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering – he actually is a rocket scientist). He has been teaching martial arts for over 25 years and has owned eight martial arts schools in Arizona and California. Chief Master Moody is a motivational speaker and educator and teaches seminars in bullying, business, and martial arts training, around the world. See more at

The KarateBuilt Martial Arts Headquarters is in Cave Creek, Arizona at 29850 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 105, Cave Creek AZ 85331. You can locate the Chief Instructor, Master Laura Sanborn there directly at ‭(480) 575-8171‬. KarateBuilt Martial Arts serves Cave Creek, Carefree, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley Arizona as well and Grand Rapids, MI.

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