Conflict is inevitable and success favors the prepared mind.
A tribute to a friend, mentor, our founder, and the creator of Verbal Judo
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. Dr. Thompson 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
Doc Thompson received his B.A. from Colgate University (1963), his
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, ABC, & CBS News, CNN, 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. He is also survived by
two grown children, a daughter Kelly, and a son, Taylor. Doc, a
survivor of throat cancer, returned to active teaching for many years
after a series of very serious throat surgeries to save his voice. Dr.
Thompson wrote Hammett’s Moral Vision, the book publication of his
doctoral thesis. In addition to the several books on Verbal Judo
available there are also video and audio programs. All are a tribute to
his thoughts and vision.
We have lost a friend, mentor, and business associate. George Thompson's
thoughts, his creation, and now his legacy will continue. This is the
promise of those he left behind to guard it and still helping it to
From Lee Fjelstad, Pam Thompson as our new CEO, and the Verbal Judo Family of Mike Manley, Doug Haig, Steve Wopershall here in the United States, and William King in Australia, Darcy Pennock in Canada, Don Gold in South Africa, and Bo Munthe in Sweden
The Five Universal Truths
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.
- All people want:
1. To be treated with dignity and respect.
2. To be asked rather than being told to do something.
3. To be told why they are being asked to do something.
4. To be given options rather than threats.
5. Want a second chance when they make a mistake.
This global perspective promoting universal respect, tolerance and forgiveness can connect all people, everywhere. We need a vehicle to develop understanding, and using our words for a defined purpose can create the forward momentum toward an ultimate goal.
Dr. George J. Thompson III, Author and Presenter
Creator of Verbal Judo