Geoff Thompson (writer)
June 12, 1960 |
Coventry, England, UK
|Style||Boxing, Kickboxing, Karate, Judo|
7th degree black belt |
1st degree black belt Judo
Geoff Thompson (born in 1960 in Coventry, England) is a writer, teacher, and self-defence instructor. He has written several books on self-defence, martial arts, and fear control, as well as Watch My Back, an autobiography about his early years and how he came to be a nightclub doorman working in his hometown of Coventry.
Thompson began his martial arts training in the Eastern arts including karate, Aikido, and Kung-Fu. However, during his time as a nightclub doorman, he found that what he had learned was inadequate for the reality of violence. Thompson came to realise that the techniques encouraged and practised in touch-contact and semi-contact martial arts were not always suitable for self-defence. Though he utilizes a small core of these techniques as part of his teachings, Thompson prefers more pragmatic full-contact martial arts and combat sports such as boxing, Muay Thai and wrestling (Greco-Roman, Judo, Jujutsu, and Freestyle).
Geoff Thompson was also the first instructor to name and extensively teach "the fence", a revered technique in real-life defence involving keeping your hands in front of you in a non-threatening manner so as to protect yourself in case a situation escalates but without provoking violence.
Video and film
In addition to his books, Geoff Thompson has written and presented a series of martial arts and self-help DVDs. In 1995, he and his self-defense school featured in the Channel 4 documentary Passengers. In 2004, Thompson won a BAFTA award for 'best short film' for his screenplay "Brown Paper Bag". His short film "Bouncer" starred Ray Winstone.  His most recent work "Romans 12:20" directed by the Shammasian Brothers and starring Craig Conway has finished production and was shown at a private screening in London on 23 January 2008. It toured the film festival circuit in the early part of 2008.
- Thompson website. "Geoff Thompson books".
- "Fear - The Friend of Exceptional People". Geoff Thompson. July 2001. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
- Geoff Thompson web site. "wrestling".
- Geoff Thompson web site. "Judo".
- shotokankata.com. "Articles with Geoff Thompson".
- "Brown Paper Bag wins BAFTA award". BBC. February 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
- "Bouncer Review". Channel 4. 2002. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
- "Clubbed". Internet Movie Database. | accessdate=2008-09-09
- Official website
- Brown Paper Bag at Internet Movie Database
- Romans 12:20, a short film
- Interview with Geoff Thompson and SUBvert magazine