inner fitness training for CEO's, leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, teams and those seeking to achieve more success in life

Gain the inner edge

An Inner-Fitness workout designed to help you achieve more calm, composure and clarity in your life.

I am Challenging You To An Inner-Fitness Workout

You may have not thought about it in this way, but to be truly successful in life requires creativity and innovation. Creativity can be considered as invoking new possibilities of being, whilst personal innovation can be thought of as applied creative solutions.

Personal creativity and innovation begins with an inner workout. It is about challenging the story you have told yourself that’s currently holding you back from success.

The question is, “how can a person create new possibilities of being?” In other words, how do you redefine the narrative that has been holding you back, or rewrite it completely?

The answer may surprise you.

I have been pretty successful in my adult life. But it hasn’t always been that way. Once I was homeless. I grew up in a rough, unforgiving housing estate on the South Side of Johannesburg similar to the projects in the United States and by age 17 I was out on the streets alone. That’s the kind of story that often doesn’t have a happy ending!

I didn’t know it quite then, but I  had a secret weapon!

"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."
Naveen Jain
Billionaire Entrepreneur & Founder: Moon Ex

What Was My Secret Weapon?

Martial Arts! Yup, you read that right.

My martial arts practice taught me to be resilient, to be composed and calm in difficult situations that life threw at me. The inner fitness tools I developed as a martial artist taught me how to embrace my fears, to develop laser like focus, and to never give up. Having developed these qualities, I went back to school, put myself through college. I did my undergraduate work in psychology, completing my masters degree in Leading Innovation and Change. I earned my Doctorate in 2019 from the University of Leicester’s School of Business.

In the past two decades I have coached Army Special Forces all around the world, both on developing high-performance inner fitness, and self-preservation skills to survive on the modern battlefield. I have instructed law enforcement officers both in the United States, Canada, Germany and Australia on how to protect themselves when all else fails.

I have worked closely with corporate executives, emerging leaders, artists and CEOs how to purposefully choose to become fully attuned to the present moment with clarity, poise and equanimity.

Over the past several years I have coached, consulted and offered training to high profile companies, such as Google, AirBnB and Singapore Airlines. In addition I created two modern martial arts lifestyle brands that are now taught in over 15-countries around the world.

"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

My Approach to Life Performance Coaching

I'll show you how to survive hostile mind-sets, and ensure that you are physically and mentally resilient to fight against all of life’s challenges.

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 Doctoral research was in Mindful-Leadership). 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 approach is pragmatic, grounded in research,
but experienced in action.


I have learned that in order to be successful in the really tough things in life one requires a practice space. It is in this practice space that you get to learn, fail, and try again different ways of being that may be contrary to how you typically show up in life. My practice of martial arts has always been that opportunity to ‘practice’ the tools, strategies and tactics that I  later positively brought to bare in all aspects of my life.

As such, I have taken the best inner fitness lessons from my more than three decades of martial arts and somatic (a fancy way of saying the body) practice, along with my research as a social scientist and developed it into a system of personal practice that anyone can engage in. What makes my approach unique is that I believe that true, lasting success has to be experienced through the body-in-action first.

The integration of MindBody as one, and a natural intelligence in life and especially in the business world is misunderstood and under valued. For so much of our life we have been told that success can only be achieved through our ‘head’ smarts, and relying on rationality.  While the ‘thinking’ part of our experience is important in achieving success, it is also that part of us that stops us from becoming our best. We often self-sabotage our own success with the way we think.

As obvious as it sounds, without a body there is no life — no success, no business — and no organizations. And as obvious as this may sound, little or no attention is given to how to actually train one’s inner fitness, the MindBody as one, for sustained personal success.

I encourage my students to go beyond reason and rationality, and to connect with their entire self in a way that brings their natural intelligence to life. The underlying premise behind my coaching approach is that who you are on the inside (not just in your head, but all of you) determines your success in life.

‘Mind’ then is more than what lies within your skull, mind is all of you, from your head to the tips of your fingers, toes and beyond.

"There are few people I’ve met in life who have as much passion about helping others as Rodney. He’s a true leader not only in martial arts but in helping people get the most out of life. He cares deeply about getting people results. That’s not easy to find these days. And the best part of everything he does is that what he teaches works!!!!"
John Michael Morgan
Best Selling Author of Brand Against The Machine

Allow Me the Opportunity to Coach You

I will take you on a personal inner fitness journey through a combination of martial art based drills and other inner fitness embodied strategies. This will be scaffolded further with the art and science of mindfulness. The goal, is to help you discover full-bodied creative solutions to obstacles that have always stood in your way.

I don’t say this lightly. You will be challenged, sometimes physically, at other times emotionally and mentally. But, it is only through challenge that we grow.

I am likely going to challenge some of the paradigms society has imposed upon you too.

For example, we are told failure is a bad thing, when in fact, there is no success without embracing failure.

We have been told that perfection is the key to success, when in reality it is the acceptance of impermanence that will allow us to flourish in life.

We are told that to succeed it’s survival of the fittest, when in fact competition with others creates competition within ourselves. This in turn invariably leads to stress, and at worst depression.

We spend so much of our lives trying to outdo others, that in the end we end up disconnected from our true potential and alienated from our selves. Coming back to our inner self, by developing inner fitness, is a tool set that can aid us in flourishing in all aspects of our lives, from work, to play.

I call this process OF BEING: Embodiedfulness!

It’s more than learning to be mindful (as important as that is), but rather how to reintegrate your entire self as a coherent force for good, both in your own life and in others. Embodiedfulness is the best of ‘you’ in the very moment life throws you another curve ball.

Honestly I am nothing special. This is not me trying to be modest. Rather, as an introvert, and someone who was constantly told growing up they wouldn’t amount to anything — I have figured out a way to manage my inner fitness, enabling me to put myself out their in the world and achieve my goals. I have taught this same system to hundreds of people around the world who have gone on to succeed despite the odds they have had to face in their own lives.

"Rodney has a natural leadership ability to inspire others to tap into their own capacities and to stretch beyond self-imposed limits."
Dr. Christian De Quincey
Philosopher & Author of Radical Knowing

* You can hire me as your personal coach or to teach your team. While my practice space is in Johannesburg, I am able to travel anywhere in the world.

"Rodney, you made me feel more comfortable within myself, more disciplined. Thank you for coaching me and training me, not only physically but mentally. I’ve become more centred in every aspect of my life. Day by day I say goodbye to the fearful and anxious person I once was. I am so grateful and excited to continue on this journey."
Anji Woodley


Dr. King’s undergraduate work was in psychology, and he earned a Masters degree in Leading Innovation and Change from York St John’s School of Business. He was awarded his Doctorate from the University of Leicester’s School of Business in 2019. He is currently an MEd graduate student at the University of Dundee.

For the past several years Dr. King’s research area of interest has focused on mindfulness from an embodied perspective and its role in enhancing leadership performance. The title of his PhD thesis was: Mindful-Embodied Leadership, Mindfulness-in-Action as a Catalyst for Leadership Performance.

Widely noted as a leading figure in modern martial arts, he has taught seminars all over the world. He is the author of two books, Full Contact Living and Shugyo-Fit.  He has been interviewed on some of the world’s leading podcasts, from Order of Man, Outlier on Air, Conscious Millionaire, to name just a few.


“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.”
Jim Morrison