About Dr. King, PhD, MA, RSME, M.ISRM

"Dr. King is doing incredibly important work. At a time, where many of us are feeling fragmented, anxious, and depressed - through the art of self reliance - Rodney shows a path back to our authentic selves.“
Kurek Ashley
International Bestselling Author of 'How Would Love Respond' & International Success Coach


r. Rodney King, whilst hailing originally from South Africa, spends part of the year on the beautiful  island, the Isle of Man situated in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. The rest of the year Rodney is Teacher in Residency at Tree Roots Retreat, Thailand.

Rodney’s formative training in embodiment stems from a lifetime of martial arts practice. As a world renowned martial arts teacher and personal threat management expert he has taught seminars all over the world. His programs are now taught globally. His students have included special force military operators, law enforcement units, airline cabin crew, and everyone else in-between. His focus has always been how embodiment shapes both our experience, and how we show up in life.

Rodney was awarded his Doctorate from the University of Leicester’s School of Business (UK), a global academy for leaders, innovators and change-makers. As a social scientist his area of research was in the role mindfulness plays in the action of leadership performance. He earned his Masters degree in leading innovation and change, awarded by York St John University’s School of Business (UK). His undergraduate work was in psychology. He has certified as an executive coach, and is a registered Somatic Movement Educator with ISMETA.  In addition, he holds level 4 and 5 credentials from the Institute of Strategic Risk Management.

Rodney leads a bespoke inner management consultancy specialising in delivering training designed to help individuals, teams and organisations manage the complexity of life and work through mindfulness-in-action coaching. Drawing on diverse fields, from neuroscience, embodied-cognition, performance psychology and the art of mindfulness (the topic of Dr. King’s PhD) – Rodney’s approach integrates the latest research with an applied methodology.

He has taught his approach to inner management at companies such as Google, AirBnB, Facebook, Singapore Airlines to name just a few. In addition he has taught these same inner management skills to members of special forces operations, law enforcement units and close protection teams.

Rodney is the host of the popular podcast show, The Art of Self-Reliance where he interviews leading experts in human flourishing.

“As a positive psychology researcher I am impressed with Rodney King’s intuitive grasp of people’s strengths and hopes. King introduces the best aspects of performance psychology to help people achieve their own goals. King’s methods are a breath of fresh air.”
Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener
The Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology & Author of Happiness
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