Thomas learned the painting trade as a teenager helping his step-dad paint during summers off from school. He has worked professionally as a house painter for 41 years and has owned his own house painting business, Kern Painting , for 22 years. He earned a Bachelor degree in Music from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, having studied French Horn as his main instrument. As a young person he also studied piano and attended piano competitions. Later, he earned his Teacher Certification in Music; K-12 choral, orchestra and band and taught middle school band for four years. For the last 15 years Thomas is studying and teaching the martial arts under the direction of Rod Sacharnoski, Dai Soke 12th Dan, known for Combat Ki, Founder of Juko-Kai International and head of Western Headquarters for the International Okinawan Martial Arts Union Thomas Kern lives happily in Colorado with his wife of twenty nine years, their fourteen year old daughter, 3 cats, 2 dogs, 1 horse and 7 chickens.