With a background in banking and accountancy, Chris Thompson was the Chief Cashier for the James Walker Goldsmith & Silversmith's chain which incorporated the Sanders chain before becoming a professional karate instructor.
He started karate in June 1969 and formed the Washinkai Karate organisation in 1978, now better known as the British Traditional Karate Association, which was also a founder member of the English Karate Governing Body.
- He was an officer for the EKGB for several years, sitting on the Technical Committee and was the last Technical Chairman of the EKGB before it became an incorporated body.
- During his tenure as Chairman he was instrumental in getting the AS level qualification established.
- He also initiated the CRB programme for the EKGB which was also adopted by EKGB Limited
- He established the first Medical Commission for the EKGB chaired by Dr Stuart Miller who was then able to select from a pool of Doctors for all EKGB Championships.
- He was a Director for EKGB Limited until its demise at the end of 2005.