Penny started karate in 1981 South Africa and was graded to Sho Dan in 1986.
She practised judo, grading to 1st kyu and represented South Africa as part of the Judo Springbok team.
She was graded to Ni Dan in 1993 and also trained in Japan.
Penny has competed and won medals in many tournaments representing South Africa.
She trained in Okinawa in 1996 and graded to San Dan in 1999 and then to Yon Dan in 2003.
Penny has been Sensei to 2 dojos in South Africa, and moved to New Zealand in 2005 where she started a dojo at Strathallan School.
She is a school teacher at Strathallan School and runs her dojo in the afternoons and evenings.
He was recently graded to 5th Dan under Hanshi Kiichi Nakamoto.