“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.”

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I am just Guy, that had a really tough time growing up as a kid, and got into martial arts to learn how to kick butt — along the way however, I found that, “Holly crap, this stuff can help me kick butt in life too!”

To be honest when I first began teaching, it was only to teach others how to kick butt. Overtime, as I grew, as I became a better martial artist, and coach — as I increasingly saw how the lessons on the mat transformed my life off it — I thought, “let me teach that too”

The outcome, I reengineered the modern martial arts experience, with a focus on three key areas,

The Mat: The Mat is where the magic happens, and I really mean magic. I created Crazy Monkey to be an accessible real world martial solution, without the Meatheads, and hyper-competitiveness so prevalent in modern martial arts environments today. The Mat is where you challenge yourself personally — it’s serious business, yet I want it to be playful at the same time. I designed Crazy Monkey Defence for people who want a smart, intelligent, healthy approach to learning functional martial skills — most importantly while learning to keep their head on their shoulders (quit literally).

The Street: Look, while martial arts is cool and all, unless you can apply what you learn when it matters most, I am not sure training means much. I created Crazy Monkey Defence from my own personal experiences growing up on the tough mean unforgiving streets of Johannesburg, and the several years as the head doorman outside some really rough nightclubs. Over the years, I have taught Crazy Monkey to special force military operators, and law enforcement teams. I am proud to say that CMD has been battle tested and applied by some of the worlds finest warriors.

Life: Here’s the truth, maybe you will or maybe you will never use what you learn from Crazy Monkey Defence in a self-defence situation. But what I can guarantee you, is that the inner game you develop through training CMD on the mat, will help you take on the martial arts of everyday life more skilfully and win. Being able to right hook life, is as important as being able to right hook the bad guy and win. Well, at least I think so, and it seems, the thousands of people around the world that train Crazy Monkey Defence agree too.

Crazy Monkey has grown. It’s all over the world. It continues to grow. I never started with the intention for it to become that — but I am humbled and so honoured that so many people get what Crazy Monkey is about.

Below you will find some quick links to learn more about the Crazy Monkey Experience, what inspired it, what it is (what it’s not), who is teaching it, and probably most importantly the journey I had to take to get it to where the program is today!

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comendations1“As the head trainer for one of the US Army Special Forces Groups I have always looked for functional systems that either condition operators and instill the warrior spirit and combat related attributes or those that have direct technical application to the mission sets needed ‘down range’. To find a system that has both is a rare find and something that I immediately recognized in the Crazy Monkey Defense’s (CMD) Combat Intelligent Soldier (CIS) Program as something we NEEDED to add to our foundation of base skills.

Rodney’s program is to standing what BJJ is to the ground- simple, functional, effective, non attribute based- and allows for easy modification and transference of skills to other battlefield specific skill sets. This modularity and adaptiveness is the genius of the system. I have immediately incorporated Rodney’s program into our program here in Iraq and plan on bringing Rodney to our Group back in the States in order to further integrate CMD’s CIS into what we do.”

‘DD’ – US Army Special Forces


crazy-monkey-commendation-2“Rodney’s mental training approach allowed every team member to reach their physical and mental potential! It also allowed everyone to keep a consistent performance level. Its effectiveness helped in particular situations where stress and frustration are a daily occurrence. Rodney has created whole mental game approach which turbo charged our self-confidence and focus under pressure. Two critical elements for the battlefield, as a team leader that I have personally enjoyed was “dealing with mental game problems” and been able to analyze them and implement a ‘purposeful thinking’ methodology. This simply opened another world for my guys and myself. The seminar was an awesome opportunity to gain new knowledge and apply it in live action. Simply, outstanding seminar. We are looking forward to seeing Rodney next year in 2008 for a follow up!!”

Slovak Spec. Op team leader aka ” JUDO”


24968_1281082865063_1169793156_30746028_8036876_n-300x225“I have taken many defensive tactics and law enforcement courses in the past and all of them deal with attacks on the low end of the force spectrum. Crazy Monkey’s Combat Intelligence Officer course is the first course I have taken that deals with realistic violent attacks on officers.”

Darrell Morrison-Deputy Sheriff, Saskatoon SK, Canada