Kevin Thompson (karate) is confirmed dead at the age of 58.
Kevin was best known as a American karateka.
Death was likely due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Kevin Thompson
Newark, New Jersey, US
DiedJanuary 8, 2020(2020-01-08) (aged 57–58)
West Orange, New Jersey, US
Other namesLil K.A.
Teacher(s)Karriem Abdallah
Kevin Brown Thompson (1962 – January 8, 2020) was an American world champion of karate. Thompson was referred to in his early years of fighting as Lil K.A. named after his teacher Karriem Abdallah. At the age of 14, Thompson had an article in Black Belt Magazine. Kevin was inducted into the 1988 Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame as the Co-Competitor of the Year.
1 Martial Arts competitive career
2 Martial Arts teaching
3 Personal life
4 References
Martial Arts competitive career
Since 1972, Thompson had amassed over 100 trophies from martial arts competitions. He fought in the Professional Karate League in the mid 1990s and was known as a forms and sparring star. Under Team Paul Mitchell, he would compete in and win in major tournaments such as the Players Cup and Ocean State Grand Nations. Thompson was the winner of the elusive triple crown, the winner of sparring, forms, and weapons. Thompson entered into mixed martial arts and had a 3-1 record in professional matches. He also had an amateur MMA record of 4-1.
Martial Arts teaching
Thompson taught out of a dojo in New Jersey. He had a team of performers he calls Shakil’s Warriors. He instructed students on the physical and psychological aspects of competitive fighting. He suffered from ALS but continued to teach karate until no longer able to do so.
Personal life
Thompson was married to Shena and had 6 children. He served as a spokesman pushing for a cure for ALS. Thompson died on January 8, 2020 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
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