About Shihan Geordie Thompson
Shihan Geordie was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1961 and started training in Judo at the age of eight. At the age of twelve he started training in Kyokushinkai Karate under Shihan Renzie Hanham and stayed with him when the Dojo moved to join the World Seido Juku organisation under Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura in 1976.
Geordie attained his Shodan in Karate in 1984 and Nidan in 1986 when he also competed in the New Zealand Seido Karate championships coming first in Kata and Sparring in the black belt division. Geordie moved to Western Australia in 1988 and returned to New Zealand briefly in 1989 for his Sandan grading.
Knowledge of Kendo was a requirement of the 3rd Dan syllabus and through seeking an instructor for this art Geordie started training at the Budokan Academy under Hanshi Ramon Lawrence. Iaido and Jodo are also taught at the Budokan Academy and Geordie took up these arts in 1994 progressing to Shodan in Iaido in 1996, Nidan in Iaido in 1998 and Shodan in Jodo in 1998 whilst training in Japan under Nagayama Sensei. Geordie was promoted to Yondan Renshi in Karate by Shihan Mervyn Nelis in 1996 and Nidan in Jodo in 1999 by Sensei Nagayama.
The Shingen Academy was established by Shihan Geordie in 1999, and in 2006 he was awarded the rank of 6th Dan (Shihan) in Karate by the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame Sokeship Council. In January 2005 Geordie achieved the rank of 4th Dan (Yondan) in Iaido and Jodo and once again won the Dan Grade Australian National Jodo Championship, partnering with Sensei Russell Lawrence of the Budokan Academy.
In June 2006, in Hobart, Tas., Geordie was awarded the rank of 6th Dan (Rokudan) in Karate by the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame Sokeship Council and was inducted into the Australasian Marrtial Arts Hall of Fame. His title is now Shihan Geordie Thompson. In January 2010 Geordie was promoted to 5th Dan in Iaido.
In his day job Geordie is a senior manager with the Department of Sport and Recreation and is married with two children.