Recently inducted in the International Karate Hall of Fame on November 11,
2005 and received rank certification and recognition from the World Union of
Sokes in Puerto Rico, Kyoshi Cynthia L. Thompson, a 8th Degree black belt
in Shorei Goju Ryu Karate and a 5th Degree Black Belt in Shorin Ryu Karate
began her martial arts discipline at the age of thirteen under Mr. Victor Hayes
(Chicago) from 1979-1983 in the Shoto Kan Karate System.
1983-1984, she began studying Shorin Ryu Karate under Master James
"Jaws" Butler and Shorei Goju Ryu under the tutelage of Masters Preston
and Otis Baker while pursuing her academic career at Olive-Harvey
College.1984-1985; she studied with John Venson at Chicago State
University and advanced her martial arts career at Tankson's Karate
In, August 1985, where she received the rank of 1st degree Black Belt from
Sensei Larry C. Tankson and Masters Preston and Otis Baker.
In 1987, Master Jo Pina (Boston) began coaching her to continue her
success. Ms. Thompson began studying Tae Kwon Do under Master Pina
from 1987- 1992. She would fly to Boston to continue her training every three
to four months.
From 1984-1992 Cynthia was an avid competitor holding the following titles:
Outstanding Martial Artist, #1 Female Kumite, #1 Weapons, #1 Forms, #1
Black Belt Female, #1 Black Belt Weapons, and #1 Kumite Competitor in the
Midwest and Chicago.
#1 female competitor in several martial arts circuits such as Professional
Karate Commission (PKC), American Karate Association (AKA), National
Black Belt League (NBL), and NASKA.
Studying the martial arts has brought Kyoshi Thompson additional state and
national recognition by performing her competition Kata as talent, which
resulted in her winning the following pageants: Miss Black Illinois 1987, Miss
Black America 1987, Miss Colorado1989, Miss Glamour Girl 1989, Miss Windy
City1999, Ms. Chicago State University 1995, and Miss Collegiate 1995.
In 1992, Kyoshi Cynthia was awarded the McArthur Scholarship to study in
Canterbury, England. During this time, she continued studying the martial
arts while studying British Culture and Society in Canterbury England. 1996,
she was awarded the McArthur Scholarship to study in Nakajo Japan. During
this time, Kyoshi study and Kendo and was awarded the rank of Black Belt in
Kendo from Kato Sensei.
Upon her return home, Kyoshi Cynthia continued to teach the martial arts for
Sensei Larry Tankson, Sensei Preston and Sensei Otis Baker. Over the
years, she has shared her love for the martial arts by teaching for other
martial arts schools in Chicago and Indiana, trying to encourage female
participation in the martial arts.
Today, Kyoshi is the founder and president of Thompson's Karate Academy
Foundation, NFP (Sho Do Ryu) System where she awards academic
scholarships to a graduating female/male high-school students and a
non-traditional student's female/male over 35-years of age returning to
college. She hosts a Karate Scholarship tournament every April to generate
funds to afford the aforementioned scholarships.
Additionally, Kyoshi Thompson teaches the Shorei GoJu/Sho Ryn Ryu Karate
System at the South Suburban YMCA.
Cynthia L. Thompson Kyoshi
Hachidan 8th Degree Black Belt
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