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

A lot has changed over this time period. 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 should you need more information, or to explore opportunities in these various programs. Should you want to find a Trainer in one of my program, the CURRENT Trainer list can be found 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



Crazy Monkey Defense is my original modern martial arts program, and the system that put me on the map. This program is now taught all over the world.

Crazy Monkey is a striking based program, inspired by my personal experience growing up in one of the toughest cities in the world Johannesburg. Much of Crazy Monkey’s formative development took place during my several years working the doors as a doorman outside nightclubs around Johannesburg.

While Crazy Monkey has its roots in self-preservation, it has evolved into a fully comprehensive modern martial arts experience that balances street readiness, with tools to help our students to take on the martial arts of everyday life more skillfully!


"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



I began my Jiu-Jitsu journey back in 1996. Today I am a 4th degree Black Belt under Rigan Machado.

Monkey-Jits is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program, grounded in the principles of flow psychology. Monkey-Jits focuses on three key areas of development, namely:
  • Street-Jits: We teach our students how to apply their grappling skills in self-preservation.
  • Flow-Jits: We believe the experience on the mat should be one that is playful, while personally challenging each person to discover their true potential. To this end, we integrate the science of flow, and the art of mindfulness on the mat.
  • Life-Jits: We believe that in the end, the practice of Jiu-Jitsu is wasted unless it show up in your life in a positive way. As such, our number one goal is to ensure that our students practice of Jiu-Jitsu aids them in showing up in life calm, focused and present.
"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)



Over the years we have had the good fortune 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.

Due to the ongoing need to provide cutting edge, current defensive tactics to the clients we have been working with – and that we needed specific, time sensitive programs to offer – in 2018 we created the Weaponize-Your-Body (WYB) Program to offer stand alone, specific defensive tactics training.

WYB continues our approach to all our programs, that in order to successfully defend yourself, you require a combat athletic base that allows for the necessary stress testing to ensure what is taught works. WYB then is an integrative model, taking the best self-preservation elements from all our programs, but delivered into an approach that can be taught within a shorter time period. WYB also includes our EDGE and weapon defense modules.

"Rodney 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


The Art of Self Reliance is a deep exploration of how to achieve success in your life on your own terms. It combines both martial arts practice and philosophy, along with applied research drawn from several fields, including embodied cognition, neuroscience, mindfulness and optimal human flourishing.

In addition, I explore topics relating to self reliance through the Art of Self Reliance PodClass, where I interview experts in various fields, ranging from neuroscientists, positive psychologists, special force operators to name just a few. The goal of the PodClass is to offer you my listener real world tools and tips you can apply to your own life.

“Dr Rodney King delves deep into the lives of amazing and inspiring individuals to uncover the formula to their self reliant success. In doing so it enables you the listener to learn from the 3 pillars of self reliance - protect, survive and thrive. The outcome, the opportunity to apply those very same skill sets in living a life on your own terms”
Dean Stott
Former British Specila Forces & Author of Relentless
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