“I loved how Rodney King weaved his life story, and together with his martial art practice, was able to succeed and win at the martial arts of everyday life.”

Naveen Jain Billionaire Entrepreneur & Founder: Moon Ex

Until my late 20s, I felt like I had been fighting my whole life. Brought up on the south side of Johannesburg, in South African government housing (similar to “the projects” in the USA), I learned early on that what really mattered was how tough you were. Growing up as I did, I often felt trapped in a really bad nightmare — and I wanted to wake up.

But as they say, tough times build strong character. I was determined to survive the school bullies and the gangsters on the streets of my neighbourhood. Yet, even though I survived the violence outside of my home, my home wasn’t safe either. Things turned rough in my teens. My abusive, alcoholic mother kicked me out of the house at 17, and as a result, I never finished high school.

Destitute and homeless, I found myself sleeping on the inner city streets of Johannesburg. With less than $20 in my pocket, I decided then and there, to change the trajectory of my life. I realized in my darkest moments of my despair that success comes down to what you do on the inside, no matter what’s happening to you on the outside.

The truth is, I realized that the only narrative that really mattered was my own. As with any story, my life’s story could have any kind of ending I chose. On my journey to healing and self-discovery I decided not only what my story would ultimately become, but how it would play out. The final ending as they say, still remains unwritten, but hopeful.

What got me through this incredibly tough time in my life? Two words: ‘martial arts’.

My martial arts practice taught me to be resilient, to embrace my fears, to develop laser-like focus, and to never give up. Having developed these qualities (I had to!), I went back to school, put myself through college, and have just handed in my final doctoral thesis.

Over the years I have shared my inner success tools with a wide array of people. I have taught special-force military operators and law enforcement teams, on how to develop an unstoppable physical game and mind — both are required to succeed and to survive on the battlefield, or on the mean city streets.

I have taught thousands of students from all over the world, how to both survive in life and death interpersonal violent encounters, as well as how to take on the martial arts of everyday Life more skillfully and win. My students have included artists, entrepreneurs, CEO’s, corporate teams and everyone in-between.

What I teach, is what I have learned, that true lasting inner success comes down to purposefully choosing to become fully attuned to the present moment with clarity, poise and equanimity.

How I teach is unique too. Instead of simply discussing success, I apply the embodiment of success in action, both as student and coach. I explore with my students through martial arts, the journey of personal transformation and mastery experienced through the bodies natural, primordial intelligence.