Crazy monkey defense

Prepares you for the martial arts of everyday life, giving you the confidence to defend yourself while challenging you to improve your game 1% better than yesterday!

"I’ve been a fan of the Crazy Monkey Defence for many years. It was a great privilege to have Rodney come out to Kings Academy to teach a seminar. It was even better to see his passion for teaching and the effectiveness of what he taught. I look forward to having him out to Kings Academy for a follow up seminar when he’s next back in the country."
Elvis Sinosic
MMA Star & UFC veteran, UFC Fight Week co-host on @FoxSportsAus

Crazy Monkey Defense is a 'Paradox' in the modern martial arts world...but you are going to love it (maybe!)

Crazy Monkey Defense (CMD) has been taught to, and deployed by some of the world’s greatest modern day warriors. We have taught CMD to special force military operators, law enforcement teams, and close protection groups. As such, CMD has been successfully deployed in various environments, from the battlefield, to steaming jungles, to the urban sprawl and city streets. The ability to do so, speaks to the functionality of the system to morph and cross-platform to various ecologies. This is why when we talk about CMD in respect to dealing with interpersonal violence, we define it as an All Terrain Self-Preservation approach. 

"Rodney [creator of CMD] is the 'real deal' when it comes to all things 'street'. I 100% encourage students of the arts to investigate what Rodney King has to offer. You will not be disappointed. I know I wasn't."
Richard Norton
5th Degree BJJ Black Belt, Award winning Actor, Stuntman, Fight Choreographer, and Martial Artist

From the Mat into The World

However, although learning self-preservation skills is a default in CMD, what most excites us about coaching the program to others is how we purposively empower our students to apply the lessons they learn on the mat — to take on the martial arts of everyday life more skillfully. Self-mastery then, is part of everything we do at Crazy Monkey Defense.

"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 Thompson
Martial Artist, Playwright & BAFTA Award Winning Author

Not Everyone is Going to Love CMD...

And we are totally okay with that! Crazy Monkey Defense is the ‘thinking man’s modern martial arts experience.’ This is where the ‘maybe’ comes in. If you are looking for a hyper-competitive, or drenched in reality based self-defense paranoia kind of martial arts experience — then CMD simply isn’t for you. There are loads of people teaching those kinds of experiences, you can find them anywhere on YouTube or street corners.


If you want to engage your valuable time in a modern martial arts experience that is more than simply about learning how to fight — then CMD is for you.

 Crazy Monkey Defense integrates proven self-preservation skills, with cutting edge tools from the field of performance psychology  — to offer a modern martial arts experience that will enable you to purposefully show up with clarity, poise and equanimity. You may never have to use the self-preservation skills we coach you, but you are guaranteed to use the inner fitness skills you develop on the mat to right hook life.

"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

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