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 put into
use immediately.

Call the Verbal Judo Institute at (704) 773-1415 or e-mail us at joel@verbaljudo.org

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and assist you in your training event.



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 Staff and Founders


 Please visit our memorial page for information about our founder and past staff

In Memory of  Dr. George J. Thompson and Michael Manley


"Excellence in Communication"

JOEL FRANCIS, National Director U.S.
Joel possesses extensive experience in adult training and education. He served for 20 years with the New York Police Department, and was the Commanding Officer for their Verbal Judo Training Unit. He was also the lead lecturer for the NYPD Courtesy, Professionalism, and Respect Program, and has trained officers in Interacting Effectively with the Ridership/Public, Defensive Tactics, and Firearms Safety and Proficiency.

After retiring from the NYPD, Joel served for 2 years as the Chief of Education and Training for the Baltimore Police Department where he successfully instituted a Uniformed Sensitivity in Action (USA) program, which incorporated civilians into the annual in-service training process by generating dialogue on such sensitive issues as racial profiling, police profiling, and how negative interactions with law enforcement affect children. He served as an adjunct Professor at John Jay College where he taught a course entitled Police Supervision in a Multiracial and Multicultural City and also taught Speech at Monroe College.

Joel is National Director U.S. for the Verbal Judo Institute. He holds a Masters of Science in Management, and has conducted seminars for law enforcement, security, educational institutions, customer service representatives, government agencies, hospitals, and private corporations throughout the United States. As an avid martial artist, he brings the martial arts philosophy and dynamic energy into every classroom to present a powerfully informative program.

e-mail: joel@verbaljudo.org


"Excellence in Tactical Communication"

Janine M. Paul
Janine brings her extensive and enthusiastic adult training experience to the Verbal Judo Institute. While most recently with the Tony Scott Vehicle Dynamics Institute, she was the Lead Instructor training Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement as well as Executive Protection Specialists, Corporate Security teams and various branches of the US Military. Prior to this she held the position of Officer/Technician with the United States Secret Service where she trained new recruits and operational personnel as instructor of Protective Driving at the James J. Rowley Training Center.

During her tenure with the Secret Service, she served as a uniformed officer on numerous details for the President and Vice President, as well as other foreign dignitaries. She was also assigned as Missions Liaison Officer as part of the Deputy Chief of staff to handle all security issues, including conflict resolution, to approximately 500 foreign embassies in Washington, D.C.

Janine is a National Associate for the Verbal Judo Institute teaching the gentle art of persuasion. She is excited to bring her energy and enthusiasm in delivering Verbal Judo's powerful message and informative programs to a wide variety of clientele.

e-mail: janine@verbaljudo.org

Verbal Judo World Offices

Bringing a Quality Tactical Communications Course to Australia

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 Judo.

"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 King, Director
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 Australasia.

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 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 of Alberta.

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 Northwest Territories


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 and 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 1980s with violence prevention for the working groups in jeopardy of threat and violence in the workplace. He has founded his own system, called VAKSAM®, 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.


DOUG HAIG, Senior National Instructor Trainer, the Verbal Judo Institute, Inc.
Douglas J. Haig joined the institute in 1991 at the personal request of Dr. Thompson and began his "Under Study" work with "Rhino" Thompson in earnest.

Possessing a style of training that complimented his own, George chose Doug to travel with him and team-teach all of his Instructor Classes for the last three years of life.

Doug's sense of humor was invaluable during the years George battled throat cancer and is incalculable still. His presentation style of injecting humor, excitement and thoughtfulness into each of his training session will ensure George Thompson's memory will never fade. In addition to teaching hundreds of his own training session, Doug worked together closely with "Doc" they created the Verbal Judo "Nuggets" audio series, still available for sale today.

Doug Haig brought to the Verbal Judo Institute a background of over thirty years of skill in police work and Law Enforcement and Military training experience. As a valuable member of "Doc" Thompson's original Verbal Judo Team his insight has helped shape and refine the Verbal Judo program and will continue to do so well into the future. _________________________________________

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. Colonel.

Involved in many aspects of the protection of VIPs 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 Rafferty.

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 security companies.

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.