Dr. George J. Thompson was the President and Founder of the Verbal Judo Institute, a tactical training and management firm he based in Auburn, NY after two decades in New Mexico.
Doc Thompson, aka "Doc Rhino," had an eclectic background, having taught English on the High School level (4 yrs), English Literature on the university level (10 yrs), and served as a full and part-time police officer.
Also a martial artist, he held Black Belts in Judo & Taekwondo, and Doc created the only true Tactical Communication course in the world.
wrote four books on Verbal Judo
, each analyzing ways to defuse conflict and redirect behavior into more positive channels.
Through the Verbal Judo Institute
and a group of highly trained instructors, the Institute still offers Basic & Advanced courses in the Tactics of Verbal Judo
around the world.
Doc Thompson received his
B.A. from Colgate University
Master's & Doctorate degrees in English from the University of Connecticut
(1972), and he
completed post-doctoral work at Princeton University
in Rhetoric & Persuasion (1979).
Widely published in magazines & periodicals, his
training has been highlighted on such national shows as NBC
, & CBS News
, 48 Hours, Inside Edition, LETN, In the Line of Duty, and Fox news, as well as in the LA Times
, NY Post
, Sacramento Bee
, and many other publications.
The Verbal Judo Institute
has branch offices in Australia, Canada, Africa, Sweden, and a national Team of instructors here in the United States.
Doc had personally taught over 175,000 police officers, and his
course is required in numerous states across the country.
Although we have closed our connections with those once certified to lawfully teach in Spain and France we hope to reopen those markets at some point in the future.
On a personal note, Dr. Thompson is survived by his wife, Pam and they are the proud parents of Tommy "Rhino" Thompson.
creation, and now his
legacy will continue.
This is the promise of those he
left behind to guard it and still helping it to flourish.
For the last thirty years of his
eclectic life, George J. Thompson III
, aka "Rhino" Thompson crisscrossed America with a message the world desperately needs to hear - a message of tolerance for other human beings and our outer differences and his
last chapter and to find common ground with Five Universal Truths.
Dr. George J. Thompson III, Author and Presenter
Creator of Verbal Judo