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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.

Testimonial Naveen Jain
Naveen Jain
Billionaire Entrepreneur & Founder: Moon Ex

Coach Rodney King

Creator of the Crazy Monkey Defense modern martial arts system
and 4th Degree Rigan Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. 

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 not how smart you were, but whether you were tough enough. Growing up, 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 mean streets of my neighbourhood. 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.

I found myself sleeping on a park bench, in the very same park I played in as a kid. With less than $20 in my pocket, I decided then and there, to change the trajectory of my life. I realized in the 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, the only narrative that really mattered was my own. All stories can have any kind of ending you choose. I decided not only what my story would ultimately become, but how it would end. Your life is your story. You can choose both the plot, and the ending. You can also change it at anytime you like. Don’t live someone elses story, live your own. Be brave, you owe it to yourself!

Martial Arts taught me to be resilient, to embrace my fears, to develop laser-like focus, and to never give up. Having developed those qualities (I had to!), I went back to school, put myself through college, and currently completing my Ph.D.

Over the years, I have taught special-force military operators and law enforcement officers how to develop an unstoppable physical game and mind needed for success and to survive when all else fails on the battlefield, or on the mean city streets. I have taught thousands of students 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.

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.

Testimonial Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener
Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener
The Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology and Author of Happiness

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