Our instructors bring to the classroom an exciting, entertaining and
powerfully informative Verbal Judo presentation. Students will leave
the class with new motivation and a collection of skills that can be
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|The late DR. GEORGE J. THOMPSON, PhD,
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF THE VERBAL JUDO INSTITUTE, INC.
His personal commitment to Verbal Judo was always evident;
Doc maintained an active speaking and training schedule,
despite a throat condition that reduced his ability to speak
for extended periods of time. A throat cancer survivor for
many years, Doc had recently undergone treatment to enhance
his breathing. He passed away unexpectedly.
Although the untimely death of Dr. Thompson has taken the
founder of the Institute and creator of the Verbal Judo
program, he has left a very capable group of original member
training instructors to continue his legacy.
Dr. George J. Thompson was the President and Founder of the
Verbal Judo Institute, a tactical training and management
firm now based in Auburn, NY. 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. Doc has created the only
Tactical Communication course in the world.
Dr. Thompson has written four books on Verbal Judo, each
analyzing ways to defuse conflict and redirect behavior into
more positive channels. The Institute offers Basic &
Advanced courses in the Tactics of Verbal Judo. Doc received
his B.A. from Colgate University (1963), his Masters &
Doctorate 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 other publications.
Aside from his well known Police & Correction courses, Doc
"Rhino" has designed special courses for educators, medical
personnel, government & business employees, and the
airlines. The Verbal Judo Institute has branch offices in
Australia and Canada, and a national Team of instructors who
teach from coast to coast. Doc has taught over 175,000
police officers, and his course is required in numerous
states across the country.
Bachelor’s, Colgate University, 1963.
Doctorate, University of Connecticut, 1972.
Completed post-doctoral work in Rhetoric and Persuasion,
Princeton University, 1979.
Voted Outstanding Educator of America, 1975.
Certified Kubotan Instructor for police.
Guest Instructor on the “Law Enforcement Training Network.”
Black belts in Judo and Tae Kwon Do.
Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion
Verbal Judo: Redirecting Behavior with Words
Verbal Judo: Words as a Force Option
Verbal Judo: The Verbal Judo Way of Leadership-Empowering
the Thin Blue Line
|LEE FJELSTAD, VICE PRESIDENT
The Vice President of the Verbal Judo Institute and an
international trainer with a professional background that
includes over twenty years of speaking and training
experience, Lee is a highly animated, humorous, thought
provoking, and entertaining presenter. He has instructed
audiences on Verbal Judo in the United States, Canada,
Scandinavia, the Caribbean, the Netherlands, and in England.
Lee has been interviewed regarding Verbal Judo as the
subject of magazine articles ranging in interest from Conde
Nast Traveler and Broker Magazine to sports publications
like Referee Magazine, and in newsprint articles from the
USA Today and the Wall Street Journal to small town
newspapers. He has been seen and heard internationally on
CNN, nationally on NBC, ABC, and Fox, in Canada on the CBC,
and on local television and radio across North America and
His professional experience includes five years as a
Computer Operations Supervisor for a $130 million computer
research and development facility working with classified
materials, and an additional six years of work for the
Federal Government protecting nuclear weapons systems and
assets. He has also worked for s short period as a reserve
police officer in New Mexico at the Sandoval County
Sheriff's Department and trained close quarter combat to the
military, self-defense and defensive tactics to the police,
corrections, probation and parole, and military law
enforcement officers in numerous states and self-defense
instruction to federal and local government agencies as well
as civilian programs for corporations, women's groups, and
Lee has instructed martial arts classes and self defense
seminars for over twenty-five years and retains 2nd degree
black belt ratings in Shotokan (Japanese) and Tae Kwon Do
(Korean) karate. He has also trained in Hapkido, Combat
Judo, Arnis, and Aikido. His educational background includes
degrees in English, Business, and Organizational
Communication with additional work in Psychology and
Behavioral Science. Along with Dr. Thompson, and Mr. Andy
Sanano, a noted master martial artist from Rapid City, South
Dakota, Lee created an instructional video on self-defense
for adults and children called The Total Defense System,"
combining protective personal defense techniques with the
tactics and strategies of Verbal Judo which sold
Lee now spends over 280 days per year traveling and teaching
audiences to communicate effectively using Verbal Judo. His
client list ranges from corporate and customer service
industries, city and county government employees, to
airlines, banking and real estate operations. Lee also still
trains federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in
both Verbal Judo and Self-Defense applications.
He can be reached by calling 941-350-9559
|MICHAEL MANLEY, VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
Vice President of Operations and Trainer for the Verbal Judo
Institute, Mike has created an exciting, edge of your seat,
powerfully informative Verbal Judo presentation. Mike brings
mastery to the classroom as a result of his extensive
experience. That experience includes 23 years of hands on
conflict resolution in the streets of New York City as a
police officer. Before his retirement from NYPD, Lieutenant
Manley created, staffed and administered The Verbal Judo
Training Unit of the New York City Police Department. His
duties included the Verbal Judo training of 15,000 Police
Officers, Detectives, Supervisors, Executive Staff and
Civilian members of the New York City Police Department.
After gathering additional experience and credibility in the
classroom, he developed into one of NYPD's most valued
instructors. Prior to his moving on into the private sector,
he assisted in creating the internationally renowned CPR
(Courtesy Professionalism Respect) program. This Verbal Judo
technique (Tactical Communication) allows police officers to
generate cooperation and defuse hostility while treating
people with respect.
As Vice President of Operations, Mike coordinates and
oversees the training conducted by Associate Instructors
when not conducting training courses himself for private
corporations, customer service representatives, educational
institutions, security departments and law enforcement
throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean for
the Verbal Judo Institute.
For information: Call (888) 966-7421 Fax: 443-646-0067
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|Verbal Judo World Offices
|WILLIAM KING, DIRECTOR, AUSTRALIA
Bringing a Quality Tactical Communications Course to
Verbal Judo was introduced into Australia in 1993 by Will
King, who at that time was a sergeant with the Western
Australia Police Service, and held the position of Senior
Instructor with the police Tactical Training Unit. Unable to
find any specific training in Australia in relation to
tactical communication, Will traveled to the USA at his own
expense and completed an intensive training course with the
founder of Verbal Judo, Dr George Thompson.
Inspired by the credibility and power of the training in
communications, on his return, Will introduced Verbal Judo
to the Western Australia Police Service. After 2 years of
training, studying, and utilizing the material, he returned
to the USA and spent several months studying with Dr
Thompson to further his knowledge and expertise in Verbal
"If only I'd had Verbal Judo 20 years ago," was one of my
initial thoughts whilst sitting in my first class with Dr
Thompson back in 1993. In fact that's a comment I hear
regularly throughout my courses. At last, I had found a
system that works - under all conditions, with all people.
As a life skill the specificity and scope of Verbal Judo is
immense. I can tell you, it saves a lot of worry, heartache,
and stress. If you have the opportunity to attend, or your
organization arranges a verbal judo course, DO IT!" - Will
In 1995, Will was awarded the position of sole Australian
associate and trainer for The Verbal Judo Institute, Inc.
USA, and commenced offering Verbal Judo courses and seminars
to organizations and businesses throughout Australia under
the business name ‘Verbal Judo Australia.'
In 1997 Will left the Police Service due to the popularity
and increasing demand for his courses and seminars in this
unique training, and became the Australasian Director on
behalf of Dr George Thompson, the President and Founder of
the Verbal Judo Institute Inc, USA. Verbal Judo Australia is
the sole provider of Verbal Judo training throughout
Will has been invited as a guest speaker for training
seminars throughout Australasia and the USA, and the subject
of local and national newsprint articles and the current
affairs program "Today Tonight" in Victoria. Over 20,000
people have received this training nationally.
|DARCY PENNOCK, CANADIAN ASSOCIATE
Darcy holds a Criminology degree from the University of
Alberta and a Police Science Diploma from Grant MacEwan
Community College. He has been a provincially appointed
peace officer since 1992. Darcy is currently employed as the
Community & Crime Prevention Coordinator at the University
Darcy delivers a dynamic, high-energy presentation, based on
Dr. Thompson's philosophy of 'Entertrainment'. He is
committed to ensuring that his courses are entertaining as
well as educational and thought provoking. He has taught
both the Law Enforcement and Contact Professionals course
across western Canada, from Vancouver Island to the
|BO MUNTHE, BORN APRIL 13TH, 1943 IN
After spending 19 years in insurance and banking businesses
Bo Munthe went in to full time Martial Arts training as a
professional instructor. He started his Martial Art training
1958. He is nick named the “Grandfather of European Ninjutsu”
(today known as Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu). Bo introduced this
ancient Martial Art to the following countries; Sweden,
Norway, Finland, Germany, Holland, Spain, Greece, England,
Scotland and Ireland between the years of 1975 – 1985. He
travelled numerous times to Japan for training in the
Grandmasters dojo. In 1985 Bo was awarded Bu-Fu Yukosho in
Gold from the Grand Master for his diligent work of
spreading the art of ninjutsu. Bo holds the grade of kudan
(9 dan) in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. He is also graded to
kudan, 10 dan in Jiu Jitsu and 10 dan Tai Jutsu and awarded
the title Soke, all in 2005 by Jiu Jitsu International. From
the Swedish Budo federations he got the highest award for
his work in Swedish Budo, 1997.
Bo has been working since the mid 1980’s with violence
prevention for the working groups in jeopardy of threat and
violence in the workplace. He has founded his own system,
called VAKSAMŪ, as a tool for creating safe workplaces and
work environment. He is using his more than 50 years of
Martial Arts experience to create mental awareness, body
knowledge, harmony for and an awareness of security for
staff and employers.
|J. ANTONIO R. RODRIGUEZ, COQUE, SP
Coque is a veteran member of Spanish Guardia Civil since
1982. He holds a High University degree in Law. Nowadays is
teaching and training in Tactics and Criminal Law, at the
Guardia Civil Academy for Officers in Madrid. Antonio is
practicing martial arts since more than 30 years and holds
black belts in Judo (3 Dan), Aikido (2 Dan), Karate (2 Dan),
Police Self Defense (4 Dan), Self-Defense and Sambo; and is
certified trainer in Judo, Karate and Police Self Defense.
He has been operative member of Special Intervention Unit
(U.E.I.). In Spain it is the last ditch defense. When all
other measures fail, the UEI is called to handle the
worst-case scenarios. He has been member also of the
Antiterrorism Group (G.A.R.), Spainīs tactical fight against
In addition to his Guardia Civil Coque’s professional
background includes two international tours of duty. He has
been member of the Western European Union during the war
time in Bosnia as police officer. One year and half
maintaining contacts with local authorities that were in
conflict, in order to carry out WEU tasks and implement WEU
policies; to ensure exchange of war prisoners, wounded
soldier, etc. Protecting war victims and taking statements
from witnesses of war crimes.
Antonio also has been an International Police Officer in
United Nation for two years, working as court police legal
advisor and as project manager for the State Investigation
and Protection Agency.
Now he is a full time trainer and teacher for Law
Enforcement giving course across Spain, Europe and South
Antonio Coque writes books and articles on defensive tactics
and he travels extensively both to learn and to teach.
|DON GOLD, AFRICAN DIRECTOR
Born and bred in the province of KwaZulu Natal (KZN), South
Africa, Don was first exposed to Verbal Judo in 1994 and has
been Involved in personal risk analysis and survival
training for over 35 years, with more than 25 years police
service. A founder member and handgun & unarmed combat
instructor to the first intake of the South African Police
Special Task Force (national SWAT unit), Don served as
inspector of explosives (bomb disposal specialist), took
part in many investigations, counter-insurgency operations
and performed extensive undercover work. His last
responsibility in the SA Police Force was chief police
reservist for the KZN Midlands, with the rank of Lt.
Involved in many aspects of the protection of VIP’s
including (among others) Dr. Henry Kissinger, Mr. Ian Smith
and South African politicians (both past & present), Don has
worked with members of US and Israeli Secret Services and
was actively involved in the training of close protection
officers and intelligence personnel.
As KZN chief instructor of Kimura Shukokai karate, Don is a
5th Dan black belt whose more recent martial arts experience
includes eastern grappling, blade & stick systems, having
received extensive training in Africa, Europe, the USA and
the Far East. Don emphasizes confrontation avoidance when
teaching various forms of personal security (including armed
& unarmed defensive tactics, anti-hijacking, anti-rape and
home intruder management).
Don is president of the Minimum Force Institute of Africa,
which presents Verbal Judo, Compliance & Control (Conflict
Resolution & Force Management), Close Protection and Flash
Point! gun-fight survival courses to law enforcement and
security departments. Based on natural instincts and skills,
the methods and tactics taught on these courses are easy to
learn. He has coached a number of SA National practical
shooters, including 1998 North American IPSC Champion, Clint
His clients include municipal & provincial law enforcement
departments, nature conservation bodies (including the World
Wildlife Fund and Southern African Wildlife College, Kruger
Park), many casinos from the major Southern African gaming
groups and South African Airways. He is a consultant to KZN
Provincial Government, KZN Wildlife and a number of private
Don writes articles on defensive tactics for local and
foreign publications. He regularly presents his popular
courses to government, corporate and other organized groups
throughout South Africa and neighboring territories. He
travels extensively both to learn and to teach.
|PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS
IMPORTANT NOTE TO OUR CUSTOMERS, OUR POTENTIAL AND FUTURE
CUSTOMERS, AND TO ALL OF YOU THAT HAVE BEEN LOYAL TO US OVER
THE PAST TWENTY YEARS.
WE ASK YOU TO PLEASE HELP US.
|We have received numerous complaints from
across North America of people teaching or attempting to
teach the Verbal Judo program contents. Apparently most do
not do it very well and many have hired trainers in good
faith thinking they were affiliated with the Institute. When
they did not receive the quality of presentation they
expected they contacted us only to find these trainers were
illegally using our name and copyrighted information. Since
we do not wish to spend all of our time in court we ask you
to hire only those you see on this web site listed as
certified instructors. All others who are certified to train
are restricted to teach only within their respective
organizations and never outside for profit or not.
By these actions they harm us all financially and do even
greater harm to the reputation of the Verbal Judo Institute.
This becomes of even greater importance as we become more
main stream and grow.
|OUR REGARDS AND SINCERE THANKS