"I was an active duty soldier in the US Army for over two decades. Throughout that time it was a dream of mine to open a martial arts gym when I stepped into civilian life - but I had no idea how I would go about it. The Crazy Monkey Defense Program has given me the tools and confidence to go from coaching a handful of students part time, to running a full time 3300sf. gym in just 2-years"
Eric Kolesar
Owner Crazy Monkey North West, USA

Hi...I am Dr. Rodney King,
but everyone calls me 'Coach''

I grew up on the unforgiving, violent streets of Johannesburg, South Africa. I was a quiet creative child, brought up by a single parent in government housing. Not surprising this made me a target for the bullies and gangs in my neighborhood.

I spent most of my childhood simply trying to survive. From my earliest memory I wanted to find a way to fight back and win. But I wasn’t anything special, I wasn’t an ‘Alpha Male’. I had two left feet, and lacked any real athletic ability. To put it bluntly: I was the stereotypical ‘Underdog’!

The Birth of Crazy Monkey Defense

Even though I was an Underdog, I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I was determined to find a way to fight back against those who would do me harm, and win.

My childhood experiences surviving violence on the streets of my neighborhood, my time in the South African Defense Force’s close protection team, and several years working outside the door of some of the toughest nightclubs in Johannesburg — forged the creation of the Crazy Monkey Defense modern martial arts system back in 1999.

"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
5th Degree BJJ Black Belt, Award winning Actor, Stuntman, Fight Choreographer, and Martial Artist

*Gary Watahira, 60 years old, and head coach at Crazy Monkey Fresno (USA)

Crazy Monkey a Global Success

Since I created Crazy Monkey Defense it has been sought out by thousands of people from all across the globe. People just like me, people who were not born fighters — but nonetheless wanted to gain the ability to fight back and win. Crazy Monkey Defense has become their default choice when it comes to  self-preservation training.

Crazy Monkey Defense has been so successful that it has now been taught all over the world to real world warriors, from special force military operators, law enforcement officers, close protection teams, to airline cabin crew.

“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

Crazy Monkey more than just Learning to Fight!

While I started off as an Underdog I have always wanted Crazy Monkey Defense to be more than simply about fighting. Rather I have always wanted it to be an experience that inspired others to take on the martial arts of everyday life more skillfully and win!

Although I never finished high school, being kicked out of the house at 17 by my abusive alcoholic mother and finding myself sleeping on the inner city streets of Johannesburg — I applied the inner lessons I had learned from martial arts to turn my life around. With the global success of Crazy Monkey Defense, I went back to school, and ultimately earned my PhD.

I have taken all of my life lessons of facing and overcoming hardship, my research as a social scientist, and what I gained through my Doctoral journey to ensure that Crazy Monkey Defense is equally a vehicle for life performance.

As such Crazy Monkey Defense focuses on 3 key areas of training: The Mat, Street & Life!

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

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 program, I have opted for a sliding scale depending on where you live, and on your current financial status. I fully recognize that someone residing in South Africa, or in India is very different economically to those living in the in USA or Europe.

Admittedly while running my trainers programs, 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 martial arts should be an experience that focuses on self-defense, while inspiring students to become more through the art. 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 global Team of Trainers if your application is successful.



Benefits of Joing The CMD Global Team

Brand Recognition

CMD has been in existence for more than 2-decades, widely recognized as one of the worlds top modern martial arts systems, and now taught all over globe.

Student Recognition

Recognize your students for their hard work (and your own) through moving through Crazy Monkey's signature Gloves program.

Online Curriculum

Access CMD's expanding, current, research based online curriculum. This starts with our 16-week CORE16 program, with done for you workouts to teach your students.

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 Telegram 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.

How to Apply

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