Crazy Monkey Defense (CMD) has been taught to, and deployed by some of the world’s finest modern day warriors. We have taught CMD to special force military operators, law enforcement teams, and close protection groups. CMD has been successfully deployed in diverse environments, from the battlefield, hot steaming jungles, to city streets.
The ability of Crazy Monkey Defense to do so, speaks to the functionality of the system to morph and cross-platform to the needs of various self-preservation environments.
While teaching self-preservation skills is a default in Crazy Monkey Defense, what will set you apart as a CMD Trainer is your ability to offer a modern martial arts experience that balances functionality with the art of self-reliance. You will learn how to purposively empower your students to apply the lessons they learn on the mat to take on the martial arts of everyday life more skillfully.
CORE16 is Crazy Monkey Defense’s flagship 16-week foundational course. It’s the first course taught to all our students around the world. In CORE16 students are introduced to the foundations of the CMD System, with a focus on developing a combat athletic game, with equal emphasis on developing key self-preservation skills.
CORE16 takes a multidisciplinary approach to building a formidable foundation that all future Crazy Monkey skills will be built from. CORE16 focuses primarily on the outside game (before moving into mid and close quarter games later on), mixing both the athletic fight base movements, along with self-preservation skills. The goal is to teach students important key ‘fighting’ skills that are both focused on technical development, but at the same time begin to prime them to be able to successfully defend themselves.
When you join Crazy Monkey’s CORE16 Trainers Program you will be given access to our 18-week online trainers program. Each week you will be given access to a new module which includes all the theory, techniques and a done for you workout you can teach to your students.
You can join our Trainers Team no matter if you want to teach out of your garage, as a trainer in someone else’s facility, teach the program at your existing academy, or for your own personal development (for example: you may want to teach CMD in the future but want to certify now). Should you want to open a fully branded Crazy Monkey Defense Academy, please CONTACT US HERE
Choose this option if you want to teach from home, for example from your garage.
Choose this option if you either run your own academy and want to integrate Crazy Monkey as an additional program you offer, and or, if you teach out of someones else’s academy.
Choose this option if you want to open, and or run a fully branded Crazy Monkey Defense facility. Please contact us prior to choosing this option.
Rodney King has taught weapon based, and empty hand self-preservation skills all over the world. His clients have included special force military operators, law enforcement officers, airline cabin crew, close protection teams and everyone else in between.
Most widely recognized for the development of the Crazy Monkey Defense modern martial arts system, he is also a 4th degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. He has been interviewed on some of the worlds leading podcasts, an author, and writer for key publications such as SOFREP (Special Operations Forces Report).
Rodney’s undergraduate work was in psychology and he earned his Masters in Leading Innovation & Change.
He completed is PhD, with a research focus in the role mindfulness plays in peak leadership performance. As such, Rodney is regularly asked to present globally on the role mindfulness plays in peak performance environments.
Outside of growing up in one of the most violent cities in the world, Johannesburg, he spent several years working the door, and served in the South African Military’s VIP protection unit. As a platoon sergeant, he was the lead unarmed combatives trainer.
CORE16 certification allows you to teach our signature 16-week onboarding course to students of your choice. While the CORE16 curriculum is set out to be taught in the progression presented to you, the modular system of the program makes it highly flexible. You can teach or stay within a module as long as you like, while at a later stage integrate elements from other modules in your coaching.
We encourage you to start teaching right away. There is no better way than learning the curriculum than teaching it.
At the end of 18-Weeks you will be eligible to take the CORE16 Trainers evaluation. This is the suggested time line, but you can take the evaluation when ever you feel you are ready. Once you have submitted to apply to be evaluated you will be required to:
1. Submit a paper on what you have learned from the CORE16 process, and your goals for teaching Crazy Monkey Defense moving forward (+- 600 words).
2. You will be assigned 3 potential evaluation topics. You then need to film yourself working through the topic assigned and send it to Crazy Monkey HQ. If you don't currently have students when evaluating you can simply use a friend.
a) HDF Engine, leading to effective overall CM1 Hand Defense.
b)An integration of the self-preservation elements of CORE16.
c)A comprehensive overview of the Rim-Shot range, and the components that make it work within the distance fight game.
After qualifying as a CORE16 Trainer you are immediately enrolled into our Gloves Program. This is the performance based component of Crazy Monkey Defense. In addition, this is where you get to learn about the rest of the CMD approach, different ranges, and how to teach that to your students.
Unlike CORE16, Trainer Glove ranking has to be done in person. When you feel you are ready to certify either as a White, Blue, Purple, Bronze or Silver Glove Trainer, you let Rodney or Eric know, and you can then set up a time to evaluate. Most Trainers certifying for Glove Rankings do so at yearly Trainer meetups.
Each of your students will first have to qualify in CORE16 before being allowed to enter the White Gloves Program. They will then work through that Glove Program, while working towards their 'laces' (similar to stripes in BJJ). Once they have achieved 3 laces they can then evaluate to move to Blue gloves. The same process is repeated all the way through Purple, Bronze and Silver Gloves.
You will take each of your students through the CORE16 program. Once they have completed the program, and you are happy with their ability, you can certify them in CORE16 (please Note: this is not a teaching track. Should one of your students want to teach CMD, they have to join the Trainers Program).
You can request CORE16 electronic certificates from our Head Office. There is $20 charge for each electronic certificate. Each certificate comes with a unique membership number that will remain with your student as long as they are in the CMD program. For the certificate we require your students full name, surname and email address. They will also be sent a congratulatory email from Rodney.
Once you become a Licensed Glove Trainer, you will be allowed to qualify students (non teaching track) in a glove below yours. For example, if you are a Blue Gloves Trainer, you can qualify your students for CORE16 and White Gloves. Students are eligible for Glove Ranking certificates that can be requested from Head Office. The $20 fee applies.
CORE16 is our onboarding course that introduces students to the CMD System. The Glove process focuses on performance in live sparring. In addition, Blue Gloves focuses on the midline game, whilst the Purple Gloves track focuses on developing the clinch striking game. Bronze Gloves focuses on your performance in live sparring to bring all the games together. Silver and Gold Gloves are reserved for Trainers with the highest level performance based games. The same process is applied to students.
We prefer that Crazy Monkey Defense is taught as a stand alone program. We recognize that people come to the Trainers Program from various backgrounds. While we cannot stop you from integrating our methods into the other styles or systems you teach, your students can only be presented completion certificates if they have gone through Crazy Monkey as a stand alone program.
Your monthly fee (i.e. Garage, Affiliate or Fully Branded) is a Trainers License that allows you legal rights to use our intellectual property both in teaching and in marketing. Should you chose to leave the Trainers Program, your license is cancelled, and you can no longer teach any of our programs (CORE16 etc) or use those names, including our intellectual property, such as logos, terminology etc.
You will be asked to sign a simple contract that will protect both you, and us the Crazy Monkey Defense brand. You can however leave the Crazy Monkey Defense Program as a Trainer at anytime with 30-days notice. Please note, should you leave, your license becomes void and you can no longer teach, market, advertise, or use any of our intellectual property (logos, the Crazy Monkey Defense name etc). With that said, we have Trainers in our program who have been with us for 15-years +