Thompson-sensei started his martial arts training with Goju Ryu Karate Do in 1991. After visiting China and Japan in 1995 on a dojo trip, he decided to return to Japan to study martial arts in 1997. While in Japan he studied Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido and kendo. He trained at the Yushinkan Dojo in Machida City, Tokyo under Yoshida Yuji-sensei (Kanagawa Prefecture Shibu-cho). He was granted Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido Shidoin (instructor) certification in 2000 from the Ki no Kenkyukai HQ in Tochigi, Japan. After returning to Canada in 2007, he began teaching occasionally at The Orangeville Dojo and The Etobicoke Dojo, opening Aikido Brampton/The Brampton Dojo in September 2008. He currently holds the rank of 4th Dan in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido and Chuden in Shin Shin Toitsu Do (Ki Development). He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Midland Ki Federation and serves as the Head Instructor and Authorized Examiner for The Southern Ontario Ki-Aikido Kai.