My Research

For the past several years my research area of interest has focused on mindfulness from an embodied perspective and its role in enhancing leadership performance. My formative training in embodiment as a tool for personal transformation comes from my extensive background in martial arts – whilst my academic rigor in delivering sound research based embodied solutions – comes from my several years of research as a social scientist, and doctoral researcher.

My undergraduate work was in psychology, and I earned a Masters degree in Leading Innovation and Change from York St John’s School of Business. I was awarded my Doctorate from the University of Leicester’s School of Business in 2019 (my area of research was in Mindful-Embodied Leadership).

"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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