Geoff Thompson (writer)
12 June 1960 |
Coventry, England, UK
|Style||Karate, Boxing, Kickboxing, Judo, Aikido|
8th degree black belt |
1st degree black belt Judo
1st degree black belt Aikido
|Occupation||Writer, filmmaker, teacher, martial artist|
Geoff Thompson (born in 1960 in Coventry, England) is a BAFTA winning writer , filmmaker, teacher, and self-defence instructor. He has written several books on self-help, self-defence, and martial arts, and has written many screenplays for short and feature film.
His 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. It has been adapted into a feature film "Romans" (2017) starring Orlando Bloom.
He wrote the screenplay for the feature film The Pyramid Texts (2015) starring James Cosmo .
Thompson made his directorial debut in 2015 with the short film The 20 Minute Film Pitch. 
In the 1990s, Thompson wrote and presented a wide range of martial arts and self defence DVDs. In 1995, he and his self defence school featured in the Channel 4 documentary Passengers.
- Clubbed (2008) - Writer, starring Colin Salmon 
- The Pyramid Texts (2015) - Writer, starring James Cosmo 
- Romans (2017) - Writer, starring Orlando Bloom 
- Bouncer (2002) - Writer, starring Ray Winstone 
- Brown Paper Bag (2003) - Writer, starring Ronnie Fox 
- Romans 12-20 (2008) - Writer, 
- Pink (2009) - Writer, 
- Counting Backwards (2014) - Writer, 
- The 20 Minute Film Pitch (2015) - Writer 
- Shadow (2017) - Writer 
- The Beginner's Guide to Darkness - This Book Will Help You to Find the Light, Geoff Thompson Ltd, ISBN 978-0956921505 
- The Caretaker, Geoff Thompson Ltd, ISBN 978-0956921529 
- The Elephant and the Twig - The Art of Positive Thinking, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840242645 
- Everything that Happens to Me is Fantastic, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840247688 
- Everything that Happens to Me is Good, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840245974 
- Everything that Happens to Me is Great, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840246841 
- Fear - the Friend of Exceptional People, Geoff Thompson Ltd, ISBN 978-0956921550 
- The Formula - The Secret to a Better Life, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840245103 
- Hunting the Shadow - How to Turn Fear into Massive Success, Geoff Thompson Ltd, ISBN 978-0956921536 
- Live Your Dreams - Ten Secrets to Loving Your Life, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840247749 
- Shape Shifter - Transform Your Life in 1 Day, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840244441 
- Stress Buster - How to Stop Stress from Killing You, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840245097 
- Warrior - A Path to Self Sovereignty, Geoff Thompson Ltd, ISBN 978-0956921512 
- Fragile, Geoff Thompson Ltd, ISBN 978-0956921543 
- The Pyramid Texts, Geoff Thompson Ltd, ISBN 978-0956921574 
Martial Arts and Self Defence
- Animal Day - Pressure Testing the Martial Arts, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840241112 
- Arm Bars and Joint Locks, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840241761 
- The Art of Fighting without Fighting - Techniques in Personal Threat Evasion, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840240856 
- Chokes and Strangles, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840241723 
- Dead or Alive: The Choice Is Yours - The Definitive Self-protection Handbook, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840242799 
- The Escapes, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840241730 
- The Fence - The Art of Protection, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840240849 
- Fighting from Your Back, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840241747 
- Fighting from your Knees, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840241754 
- Pins - The Bedrock, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1873475829 
- Real Head, Knees and Elbows, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1873475775 
- Real Punching, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840240887 
- Real Kicking, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840240870 
- Three Second Fighter - Sniper Option, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840244595 
- The Throws and Takedowns of Freestyle Wrestling, Summersdale, ASIN: B0061MRQSU 
- The Throws and Takedowns of Greco-Roman Wrestling, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840240290 
- The Throws and Takedowns of Judo, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840240269 
- The Throws and Takedowns of Sombo, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1840240276 
- Weight Training for the Martial Artist, Summersdale, ASIN: B0061NWC8I 
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 full-contact martial arts and combat sports such as boxing, Muay Thai, Judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Greco-Roman- and Freestyle wrestling.
He holds the ABA Boxing Instructor certificate and high-level coaching awards for wrestling,, a 1st Dan in Judo (1997) under world champion Neil Adams , and an 8th Dan in Shotokan Karate. Geoff is a Joint Chief Instructor of the British Combat Association .
Geoff Thompson was also the first instructor to name and extensively teach "the fence", a 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.
Martial Arts Instructional DVDs
- The Escapes (2005), Summersdale Productions, ASIN: B0007NLRT8 
- Ground Fighting - Chokes and Strangles (2005), Summersdale Productions, ASIN: B0007NLRU2 
- Pins - The Bedrock (2005), Summersdale Productions, ASIN: B0007NLRSY 
- The Pavement Arena Part One (2005), Summersdale Productions, ASIN: B0007NLRWA, 
- The Pavement Arena Part Two - The Protection Pyramid (2005), Summersdale Productions, ASIN: B01I05LPZ0 
- The Pavement Arena Part Three - Grappling, The Last Resort(2005), Summersdale Productions, ASIN: B0007NLRWU 
- The Pavement Arena Part Four; Fit to Fight (2005), Summersdale Productions, ASIN: B0007NLRX4, 
- Real Punching: The One Punch Kill (2005), Summersdale Productions, ASIN: B0007NLRS4 
- The Ultimate Self Defence Seminar (2006), Summersdale Productions, ASIN: B000CR6X5C 
- "Bouncer Review". Channel 4. 2002. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
- Geoff Thompson web site. "wrestling". Archived from the original on 2008-04-22.
- The British Combat Association. "Welcome". Retrieved 14 April 2015.
- Official website
- Geoff Thompson IMDB page
- Interview with Geoff Thompson and SUBvert magazine