Excellence In Tactical Communication
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Seek help from certified Verbal Judo instructors for quality communication seminars. Trust none other than the Verbal Judo Institute. Our Verbal Judo instructors bring exciting, entertaining, and powerfully informative Verbal Judo presentations to the classroom. Students will surely leave the class with new motivation and a collection of skills that can be used immediately.
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 two years as the Chief of Staff, Chief of Special Projects, and 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 Master’s of Science in Management, with a focus on Executive Leadership, 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.
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.
Darcy Pennock, Canadian Associate
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 and Crime Prevention Coordinator at the University of Alberta.
Don Gold, African Director
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 and 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 and 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, and 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 and 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 and Control (Conflict Resolution and 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 and 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.
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 Verbal Judo 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 mainstream and grow. Our regards and sincere thanks.
Improve your grasp on word usage and master the art of communication with help from our Verbal Judo instructors. Start your Verbal Judo training today. To learn more about our tactical communication course schedules, contact our staff by phone or via email. We are more than happy to address your concerns.
Joel Francis, National Director U.S.
Pam Thompson, CEO