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MONKEY--JITS (BJJ)

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THE MONKEY-JITS (BJJ) PROGRAM

The Monkey-Jits program is an approach to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
that focuses on self-preservation, learning the Art of the roll, and crucially
inspires students to take the positive lessons from the mat, to help them
take on the martial arts of everyday life and win. Our tag line, “flow as the
way” encapsulates our training philosophy, where we believe Jiu-Jitsu
should be an accessible experience for anyone, regardless of age, fitness
level, or previous martial arts experience.

In addition, we coach our students how to achieve the Flow state through
Jiu-Jitsu. This is a state of being where a person is fully immersed in a feeling
of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of Jiu-Jitsu.
The outcome, people learn to take on the battle of life, with more poise, focus
and resilience.

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WHAT YOU LEARN

Learning Monkey-Jits is a combination of online learning,
and in-person training opportunities throughout the year. As such
Monkey-Jits is not a ‘distance’ learning program. All belt and stripe
promotions have to be done in person. As such, all Trainers are
expected to attend training throughout the year with either
Professor Rodney, or Regional Training Directors. The Monkey-Jits
program focuses on three key areas outlines below:

STREET-JITS

Competitive Jiu-Jitsu has grown exponentially in the past decade. It has been great for the art in gaining international exposure, and of course fantastic for those wanting to teach, as so many people are now more aware of the awesomeness of the Jiu-Jitsu experience. However one of the most important aspects of Jiu-Jitsu has been lost, that of ‘self-defence’. First and foremost, Jiu-Jitsu is a martial discipline, and as such should offer its practitioners the ability to apply the skills of Jiu-Jitsu in self-preservation. In Monkey-Jits we place a premium emphasis on this most overlooked aspect of Jiu-Jitsu, making sure that all our Trainers and students can apply their grappling skills where it matters most, in defending themselves and those they love.

FLOW-JITS

Learning to live roll is crucial not only to a person’s skill development and personal growth, but equally self-preservation. It is in the roll that a person learns timing, precision, and how to relax when going up against an opponent far larger than themselves. But, sadly, there tends to be a lot of smashing going on in many Jiu-Jitsu academies. As such many people quit, feeling disheartened and defeated. In Monkey-Jits we have developed specific methods of coaching to prevent this from happening. We pride ourselves on creating flow environments where a 10-year old would be safe to come into an adult class and roll with everyone and not worry about getting injured.

LIFE-JITS

Jiu-Jitsu changes lives for the better. This is accomplished by understanding how to present the Art in such a way that becoming more through the experience of the roll. In Monkey-Jits we don’t simply leave this to chance. We have incorporated cutting edge research into our coaching approach, from the fields of positive psychology and the science of mindfulness to ensure that both Trainers and students truly embody the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle.

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HOW TO CERTIFY

The process in becoming a Licensed MJ Trainer is outlined below:

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STEP 1 - JOINING THE MJ TRAINERS TEAM

You can join the Monkey-Jits (BJJ) Trainers Program at anytime.
First you need to set up an interview. Once you are accepted
you then need to begin paying your Trainers License. If you
choose to join the standard trainers program (i.e., you are not
intending to open a fully branded Monkey-Jits Academy) you
can choose from two options, $200 p/m or $2000 yearly
(fees are quoted in Singapore Dollars). If you are joining
the Trainers program under a current MJ Trainer, please let
us know as we have a special discount waiting for you. If you
are joining the MJ trainers program for professional development,
and are not looking to run and operate your own academy,
potentially only teaching part-time, let us know as well, as we can
then work out a more competitive rate for you.

STEP 2 - ON JOINING

Once you have paid your license (monthly or yearly) you will be
given access to our online training centre, and you will be
assigned a Regional Training Director as your mentor. You can
then begin going through the online version of the baseline
curriculum. You can also begin coaching Monkey-Jits to
students immediately, but you can only refer to yourself as an
Apprentice Trainer (regardless of your current BJJ belt level
if you have one). Only after qualifying and passing you
Trainer Licensing evaluation can you advertise that you are
a MJ Trainer. Typically this takes 12-months, in which time
you need to attend an in-person training event.

STEP 3 - MJ EVALUATIONS

All belt and stripe evaluations for Trainers need to
be done in person. If you already have a BJJ belt
ranking from a previous affiliation we will accept
that belt as long as it is from a legitimate lineage.
It is important to understand that a BJJ belt rank
isn’t the same as being qualified to teach the MJ
program. We allow anyone to begin teaching the
MJ method, but you can only call yourself an MJ
Trainer once you have qualified in the trainers
program. The trainers program requires you
to have a good level of understanding of how
to apply Jiu-Jitsu for self-preservation, how to
coach the foundational game, as well as apply
the MJ coaching methodology.

STEP 4 - CONTINUED LEARNING PROCESS

The Monkey-Jits Trainers Program is NOT a distance
learning program. While we have an online version of
our baseline curriculum to help you begin coaching
straight away, it is neither the full curriculum, nor does
it replace in-person training. It is mandatory that all
Apprentice MJ Trainers and or Licensed Trainers attend
an in-person training event at least once every two
years. In addition, you will not be able to move up belts
unless you attend in-person training. As there are
restrictions on what level belt you can award and stripes
to your students, not attending in-person training
events, and evaluating yourself, will only hold your
students back.

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CERTIFICATION/LICENSING TEAM

One of the coaches below will be your Regional Training Director.
Each of the coaches below can evaluate you for your Glove Ranking,
and qualify you as a licensed Trainer in Crazy Monkey Defense.

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COACH RODNEY KING M.A., PPC, RSME

Global

Rodney is the creator of all the Crazy Monkey Defense Trainers Programs and Courses. Professor Rodney King has over two decades experience in coaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is a 4th degree black belt under Master Rigan Machado (8th degree Coral belt).

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COACH ERIC KOLESAR MSc

Americas

Eric has been with the Crazy Monkey Trainers Team for over a decade. In addition he is the Vice President of the Crazy Monkey Defense Program and Regional Training Director of the Americas. Eric runs a full time, fully branded Crazy Monkey facility where he teaches all of our programs. He is also a BJJ brown belt.

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COACH JAMES WOODFIELD-JONES

AUSTRALASIA

James has been with the Crazy Monkey Trainers Team for over a decade. In addition he is the Vice President of the Monkey-Jits Program and Regional Training Director for Australia/SE Asia. James runs a full time, fully branded Crazy Monkey facility where he teaches all of our programs. He is also a 1st degree BJJ black belt.

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FREQUENTLY-ASKED-QUESTIONS

If you have a question not answered below,
don’t hesitate to contact us.

+WHERE CAN I TEACH MONKEY-JITS (BJJ)?
You can teach Monkey-Jits anywhere you like. However please note, MJ needs to be taught as a separate stand-alone program. We do not allow MJ Trainer to integrate the program into any other martial arts based program, unless that program is one of those under our umbrella. This doesn’t stop you teaching MJ in other Academies that may offer other martial art styles, but when teaching MJ it has to be taught as a stand alone class or session.
+WHAT DO I GET FOR MY LICENSE FEE?
The Trainers License fee you pay allows you to legally use our curriculum, logos, and the MJ name. In addition, you are assigned a mentor as your go to person for everything MJ. Finally, you are given a 50% discount on all local and international training events (some are even FREE for Trainers).
+CAN I TRAIN WITH OTHER BJJ GROUPS?
Absolutely. However, you can only accept stripes and belts from Professors in the MJ program.
+ARE THEIR ANY CONTRACTS TO BE SIGNED?
Yes, we ask that you sign a simple contract stating that should you no longer want to be part of the MJ Team, and or you fail to renew your license, that you are no longer allowed to use MJ’s intellectual property, including terminology, logos, name etc. This also means that you trainer certificate will no longer be valid. Trainer licenses are sent out on renewal and are only valid for a 12-month period.
+IS IT POSSIBLE TO BECOME A TRAIN-THE-TRAINER?
Yes it is. But we have incredibly high standards. Before you could even be considered to certify other trainers in MJ you will have to be a minimum of a brown belt yourself.