Teach a modern martial arts program that trains people for life, prepares them for the street, and challenges everyone to improve their game 1% better than yesterday!

Hi…I am Coach Rodney King, creator of the Crazy Monkey Defense System and I help seasoned martial arts instructors and those just starting out to offer a modern martial arts experience that balances functionality with self-mastery. All grounded in cutting edge research.

What Aspiring Martial Arts Instructors Are Telling Me

The first thing anyone wants if they are teaching martial arts is to know that what they are teaching will work in interpersonal conflict. The Crazy Monkey Defense System has this covered by default. 

"Rodney is the 'real deal' when it comes to all things 'street'. I 100% encourage students of the arts to investigate what Rodney King has to offer. You will not be disappointed. I know I wasn't."
Richard Norton
Award winning Actor, Stuntman, Fight Choreographer, and Martial Artist
"I’ve been a fan of the Crazy Monkey Defence for many years. It was a great privilege to have Rodney come out to Kings Academy to teach a seminar. It was even better to see his passion for teaching and the effectiveness of what he taught. I look forward to having him out to Kings Academy for a follow up seminar when he’s next back in the country."
Elvis Sinosic
MMA Star & UFC veteran, UFC Fight Week co-host on @FoxSportsAus

But beyond the importance of teaching a program that works in self-preservation, what I hear weekly from aspiring and full time martial arts instructors from all across the world is how tired they are of the way modern martial arts is currently being taught. As most martial arts instructors have realized, in the modern era of martial arts the focus tends to be either on hyper-competitiveness, or reality based self defense paranoia.

However, I see the rise of a new kind of modern martial arts instructor, someone who not only wants to ensure their students can effectively defend themselves, but equally inspire them to take the lessons they learn on the the mat to supercharge their life off it.

More and more modern martial arts instructors are seeing the value in what I am suggesting. It’s not a coincidence that this new way of thinking about the modern martial arts experience has risen with the emergence of what is termed the Wisdom Age. In the last 30 years, humanity has been transforming at an ever-increasing rate. In that time the focus of the world has shifted from the Information Age to the Knowledge Age. However, humanity is now in the midst of another shift that is just beginning to emerge, the Wisdom Age. People are actively seeking out experiences of creativity, intuition, collaboration, self-reflection, and altruism, among others. As with all aspects of life, from organizations, to the work people do, they are now seeking to engaged in experiences that will enhance their own personal wellness — and martial arts is no different.

My Crazy Monkey Defense System is on the forefront of martial arts for the Wisdom Age. I want you to join my amazing international team, as we continue to offer our students training that’s a true lifestyle experience  while simultaneously ensuring they gain the important skill of self-protection.

“As a positive psychology researcher I am impressed with Rodney King’s intuitive grasp of people’s strengths and hopes. Rather than building a martial art around fear of attack, testosterone-based competition, or external rewards King introduces the best aspects of performance psychology to help people achieve their own goals. In a field steeped in tradition, King artfully reimagines both the dojo and the martial arts business mentality. At long last, we have a perfect union of proven martial arts techniques with cutting edge approaches to teaching and personal development. As a martial artist myself, King’s methods are a breath of fresh air.”
Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener
The Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology

Affordable Based on Where You Live in the World

I want to make the Crazy Monkey Defense Trainers Program accessible to the right people. Rather than having a set price on joining and representing the brand, I have opted for a sliding scale depending on where you live, and on your current financial status. I fully recognize that the economy in India is very different to the economy in America. As such, you can join the Trainers Program *starting from as little as $2.8 a day.

Admittingly while running the Trainers Program, coaching seminars around the world, and developing online courses is how I make a living — money is not as important to me as having the right people in my team. I want aspiring and current martial arts instructors to join the Crazy Monkey Defense Trainers Program who believe that the martial arts experience should be far more than simply teaching one more person how to fight. If this is you, and if you want to help coach your students to take the lessons from the mat positively into the world — I encourage you to apply at the bottom of this page. I will respond to you with personalized available options for you to join my amazing team of trainers if your application is successful.

Rodney King is years ahead of his time, he has taken his martial arts to the level of budo, where few dare to go. I am a big fan.
Geoff Thompson
Martial Artist, Playwright & BAFTA Award Winning Author

Benefits of Joining the
Crazy Monkey Trainers Program

The number #1 benefit is that you get access to me and some of the best modern martial arts trainers in the world. Outside of over two decades of training, researching and developing the Crazy Monkey Defense (CMD) System — I have real world experience in dealing with interpersonal violence while working as the head doorman outside some of the roughest nightclubs in Johannesburg for several years. I was the hand-to-hand combat instructor for my unit during military service, and over the past decade I have taught the CMD System to special force military operators, law enforcement teams, and close protection groups all over the world.

In the same time, I completed my undergraduate work in psychology. I earned a masters degree in leading innovation and change. My doctoral research has been in the field of mindfulness, and its application to leadership performance. In addition I have completed dozens of other qualifications, from Positive Psychology Coaching to Character Strengths Training.

Why am I telling you this?
Because CMD is the 'Thinking Man's' martial arts experience!

My formative training in embodiment as a tool for personal transformation comes from my extensive background in martial arts – whilst my academic rigor in delivering sound research based embodied solutions – comes from my several years of research as a social scientist, and doctoral researcher. ALL OF THIS, is part of the CMD experience. Through my extensive background, you get to offer a ground breaking modern martial arts experience, that not only will allow your students to effectively defend themselves, but equally important, give them the skills to take on the martial arts of everyday life more skillfully.

More Benefits

Brand Recognition

Crazy Monkey Defense is a widely recognized modern martial arts system, taught all over the world.

Student Recognition

Recognize your students for their hard work and commitment with CMD's Glove Ranking System.

Online Curriculum

Access CMD's expanding, current, research based online curriculum. Learn the foundation from anywhere in the world.

Training Events

50% discount on training events held around the world each year. 20% discount for your students. Meet and train with team members from all over the world at these events.


We offer support via our trainers only whatsapp group, and senior trainers ready to mentor you. We have a very supportive team, with everyone eager to help out.

+ V-Training

Throughout the year we offer trainers the opportunity to attend online webinars, and trainers conference calls. Get your questions answered.


Step 1

Fill in the application form below. This is an important part of the process. We do not accept everyone who applies to join our team.

Step 2

Rodney will contact you personally via email if your initial application is approved, with available licensing options to join the CMD Trainers Program.

Step 3

If you accept Rodney's offer to join the CMD Trainers program, he will set up a virtual call with you first. After the call you will be sent the relevant payment links to join.

Application Form

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