American Cougar Martial Arts













American Cougar Martial Arts

Ruckersville, VA 22968


American Cougar Martial Arts



Head Instructor: E. John Thompson, PhD, P.E.

4th Dan Tae Kwon Do, Level 5 JKD, Brown Sash Sandada Ng Arnis, ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Advanced Fighting Systems Stick & Knife Training, Combat Hapkido Seminars, Hock Hochheim's Close Quarter Combat Seminar, Cane, Tai Chi, and Yoga.

Mr. Thompson created the ACMA organization and defines its curriculum. He establishes the class structure and supervises the other Instructors.




Every year, Mr. Thompson trains with the world's leading martial artists.

Mr. Thompson received his 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Dan in Tae Kwon Do from Dr. Jerry Beasley, 9th Dan. Mr. Thompson earned his Brown Sash in Sandada Ng Arnis from Grandmaster Williams.

Dr. Beasley, a professor at Radford University, has authored six books on the martial arts, was the 2000 Black Belt "Instructor of the Year", has appeared on the

cover of Black Belt magazine several times, and holds 8th Dan under Grand Master Joe Lewis. Mr. Thompson started training

in the martial arts in 1974 by taking classes and earning rank in Wado Ryu, Tae Kwon Do and Kempo while earning his B.S. degree

in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University. In the early 80's he studied Tan Soo Do for three years at the Chuck Norris Karate

studio in Virginia Beach. Mr. Thompson has a PhD from Northcentral University, Master's degree from James Madison University, is a registered Professional Engineer

in Virginia, and is the inventor or co-inventor on 5 patents. Mr. Thompson is a certified Group Fitness Instructor through

the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Below are pictures of Mr. Thompson with some of the greatest martial artist in the United States.

Mr. Thompson with Joe Lewis, 10th Dan. World Champion in Karate & Kickboxing. Voted Greatest Fighter in the History of Karate. John with Bill "Superfoot" Wallace. Mr. Thompson with Renzo Gracie. One of the Gracie MMA Champions! Mr. Thompson with Kathy Long, 5x World Champion Kickboxer & movie/TV actress.  
Mr. Thompson and Dr. Jerry Beasley, 9th Dan. Mr. Thompson's Instructor. Ethan Thompson, Grandmaster Joe Hess, and Mr. Thompson John & Mike Lee Kanarek, founder of F.I.G.H.T. and Joe Lewis Black Belt. Mr. Thompson with "Cane Master" Mark Shuey.  
Mr. Thompson and Grandmaster Pellegrini, founder of Combat Hapkido
Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee lecture at Karate College. The "Father" of Tae Kwon Do in the U.S. Mr. Thompson and Dave Durch, Progressive Fighting Systems Instructor. Mr. Thompson (second from left) in Japan with co-workers and President of Tamagawa Seiki. Iida City, Nagano Prefecture.