Grand Master Johnny “Lightfoot” Thompson was promoted to his 9th Dan (GU Dan) on July 23, 2016 chaired by Professor Richard Bustillo with members of the International Martial Arts Council of America and inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame as one of their Ambassadors in Dallas, Texas. He also hold a 1st Dan in Chu Ida Yong Taekwondo as well.
Grand Master Thompson is a veteran of over 20 years in the United States Air Force, Master Thompson is the Founder and President of the Tang Soo Do Karate Association (TKA) headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. He is also the Chief Instructor of Thompson’s Karate Academy and oversees operations of other sister locations in the United States. Once a year in December he oversees all operations for his annual Tang Soo Do World Conference entering its 22nd year.
With over 40 years of martial arts experience including being national ranked in Region Six by Black Belt magazine and Karate Illustrated with his partners Grand Master’s Tom Balmos and Clarence “Daddyo” Smith back in the early eighties in kata, kumite and specialty katas, he has spent his life helping and mentoring all that have crossed his path. Coming out of retirement back in 2001, he competed in Kata and Kumite in the Executive Master’s division and swept the competition winning at the completion of the year with the UMA circuit end of year banquet receiving the Grandmaster of the Year. Due to physical limitations he has retired again.
A certified Police Instructor who is certified in the training of the ASP baton & various other enforcement tools such as handcuffing, pepper spray usage and handgun retention he has taught, trained and certified many commissioned security officers in the State of Texas. He is also a certified Fugitive Recovery Agent, commissioned concealed weapons owner and teaches several courses pertaining to Bail Enforcement and is owner and operator of Technical and Tactical Security Consultants. Owner of J&L Trophy’s.
Grand Master Thompson was also one of the successful promoters of the Annual Battle of the Alamo Open Karate Championships in San Antonio where he was also a founding board member of the United Martial Arts (UMA) organization.
A recent inductee at the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame in Biloxi, Miss back in 2002 where he was honored as Tang Soo Do Grand Master of the Year and also inducted August of 2003 into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Grand Master. He also was honored at the 2005 Action Martial Arts Magazine Outstanding Contributions to the Martial Arts Spirit Award as a recipient. He was also honored back and published in 1999 through Action Martial Arts Magazine of Who’s Who in the Martial Arts. He also holds ties to the U.M.A., AKBBA, the PKA and WBBB.
Receiving the bulk of his expertise from his deceased Senior Grand Master James Cummings Jr., Grand Master Thompson is surrounded by a myriad of great blackbelts who have made him what he is today. He owes all to his family of TKA blackbelts. The dedication, loyalty and professionalism that they possess show in the students that they teach who admire, respect and follow their every direction. All of this goes to show that to date the TKA has promoted 129 quality blackbelts.