I started teaching martial arts at 16.
3 decades later I am still coaching....

A lot has changed over the years, but I have continued to evolve my programs, creating new innovative solutions, and expanding what I coach beyond just teaching people how to defend themselves. Below you can find out more about my current offerings. Feel free to REACH OUT TO ME personally should you need more information, or to explore opportunities in these various programs by hosting me for a seminar, or to certify. Should you want to find a Trainer in one of my programs that may be closest to you, you can find the CURRENT Trainer’s HERE.

Thank You!

"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



In the world of functional martial arts being able to develop your stand up skills is crucial to successfully defending yourself. Crazy Monkey Defense allows you to do just that, bringing together a proven, field tested approach to developing and honing a formidable stand up fight game. 


Crazy Monkey Defense takes a systematic approach to developing stand up fighting skills. These are skills that are perishable unless kept up. Therefore, we believe that continuous development of skills, honed consistently overtime is required to build a robust fighting platform.

Our curriculum has been developed to allow our students to train weekly, allowing them to sharpen their striking weapons, whilst developing applied knowledge of strategies and tactics to win in a fight.


Crazy Monkey Defense is a combat athletically driven system. Meaning, we explore real fighting ability through pressure testing everything we teach against a resisting, uncooperative opponent (i.e. sparring).

Our students recognize that rather than having a toolbox filled with potential tools, to default rather to a proven 'multi-tool' approach that can be applied and deployed in any terrain they find themselves in.


Over the past two decades we have developed a performance based approach to coaching that focuses on challenge play. Through teaching thousands of students from all over the world, we have discovered that students learn best when they are encouraged to seek personal challenge, measuring their success against their own previous best, and working alongside other teammates that are focused on seeing each other grow and succeed. Crucially Crazy Monkey Defense has an 'Anti-Meathhead' policy in all it's academies around the world. Crazy Monkey is for anyone!

"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 Thomposon
Martial Artist, Playwright & BAFTA Award Winning Author



Monkey-Jits (MJ) is Crazy Monkey's approach to the art of jiu-jitsu, under the guidance of Professor Rodney King. Rodney is a 4th degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Master Rigan Machado. MJ was the 2nd stand alone program developed by Rodney after the worldwide success of the Crazy Monkey Defense System, and is now taught all over the world.


Monkey-Jits focuses on 3-key areas of development. Firstly we ensure our students develop the ability to roll against uncooperative, resisting opponents on the mat in the Academy.

This foundation is then further development by teaching every student how to apply their grappling skills in self preservation (or what we call Street-Jits).

Finally, we ensure that students can actively make the connection between the inner skills obtained on the mat in rolling, and apply those proactively, and positively to their everyday life. 


Monkey-Jits is a combat athletically driven system. Meaning, we explore real grappling efficiency through pressure testing everything we teach against a resisting, uncooperative opponent.

While we love the freedom of rolling, we ensure that we always take into account how that would apply in interpersonal violence. 'Grappling for self-defense' then, in our Academies isn't simply an after thought but one of our primary focuses.


For us Jiu-Jitsu is and should be about the Art of Flow. This is why in MJ our tagline is: Flow as The Way. We have developed several key approaches to teaching that is unique to MJ, allowing anyone to enjoy the experience of grappling. Crucially, through our head coach Dr. Rodney King, we implement the latest finding from performance psychology in our teaching approach, thus allowing us to bring out the best of every student on the mat.

"Rodney is one of my students and black belts. He has taught his approach to 'Street-Jits' many times at my Academy in Beverly Hills. His approach to self defense through jiu-jitsu is simple, functional and it works. I encourage all jiu-jitus Academies to certify in his program"
Master Rigan Machado
8th Degree Coral Belt



Over the years we have had the honor to teach defensive tactics to some of the toughest real world warriors, from special force military operators, law enforcement officers, to close protection teams. Much of this work came about from the Crazy Monkey Defense Program.

Over the years we have seen the need for a series of short, focused workshops purely on self-preservation that can be delivered to teams and organizations with training time constraints. As such Weaponize-Your-Body was born.


In the Weaponize-Your-Bodyy approach we believe that what is taught needs to be able to be deployed in any terrain, from steaming hot jungles, to the urban sprawl of city streets. As such WYB has been developed as an all terrain combat athletically based self preservation approach. We take the best from what is often referred to as 'sport fighting' and integrate those skill sets with self-preservation tactics and strategies.


We have taken the best and most proven self preservation components from our sister programs Crazy Monkey Defense and Monkey-Jits and integrated into a series of defensive tactics workshops. These workshops are now taught all over the world both to fortune 500 companies, to special force military operators, law enforcement officers, close protection teams, airline cabin crew and civilians.


We have developed a progressive stress inoculation teaching approach. Starting from where students are, we methodically take them through ever increasing levels of pressure testing so that they are confident to be able to deploy what we have taught them when faced with an interpersonal threat.

"Dr. Rodney King inspires, teaches and has taken his life of training to empower others to take on life and win. He is a true master in his art and a warrior with the knowledge and the grit anyone would want to learn from"
Dr. Mark Green
Lieutenant Colonel US Army (Retired)



Coach Rodney recognized early on that to survive interpersonal violence takes more than physical skill sets. As such, for the past decade he has dedicated himself to developing a program that would enable a person to develop their inner game in parallel to their physical fight game skills. He has taught this method to special force military teams, airline cabin crew and civilians all over the world.

While the Embodied-Warrior experience started of as program to develop inner game for the fight - it is now an equally sought after life performance program - that will enable a person to take on the martial arts of everyday life more skillfully. Embodied-Warrior is taught both as workshop, or as a Retreat in Thailand.


Dr. Rodney King spent several years as a researcher and social scientist exploring the role mindfulness and other embodied performance skills play in peak performance environments. The Embodied-Warrior is built upon both Rodney's personal experience as an acclaimed martial arts coach, his research, and academic background. 


The Embodied-Warrior experience draws from the latest findings in human flourishing, including neuroscience, embodied cognition, mindfulness, and performance psychology.


Using the martial arts as an embodied experience and learning tool, Dr. King teaches students how to achieve inner clarity, focus, and equanimity in peak performance environments, from the battlefield to the boardroom.

"Dr. Rodney King is doing incredibly important work. At a time, where many of us are feeling fragmented, anxious, and depressed - through the art of self reliance - Rodney shows a path back to our authentic selves. A place where, each of us, learn to forge our own path, on our own terms, guided by the perennial wisdom from those who have succeeded in the adventure we call life“
Kurek Ashley
International Bestselling Author of 'How would love respond' Success Coach and World Class Speaker