The C.O.B.R.A.™ Self-Defense System was created from experience in law enforcement, close quarter combat techniques and martial arts with further extensive study on the psychology of criminal intent and realistic self-defense.
Since 2003, the C.O.B.R.A.™ Self-Defense System has proven to be not only a powerful and eye-opening experience for students, it has also proven to be a powerful self-defense business system for school and club owners and instructors who seeks:
- More Adult Students
- More corporate clients
- Fresh New Income
- Local Media
C.O.B.R.A.™ training facilities are growing rapidly throughout the U.S. with over 105 locations and internationally with facilities in Canada, Grand Cayman, Dominican Republic, London, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Spain. New COBRA centers are opening on a consistent basis.
Chris’ extensive martial arts training as well as his law enforcement experience dealing with real criminals have given him highly unique insights into the reality of self-defense. Chris has used this expertise to create the acclaimed C.O.B.R.A.™ reality-based self-defense system, as well as influencing his other martial arts programs, fitness programs & books.
Chris is a Joe Lewis Fighting Systems Black Belt and has trained in numerous Asian/ American Martial Art systems earning multiple ranks. After many years in the Asian arts Chris studied under Heavy weight World Champion Kick Boxer Jim Graden earning a black belt in Elite Kickboxing and the began training with legendary champion Joe Lewis earning another Black Belt in the JLFS - Joe Lewis Fighting Systems.
Named to Prestigious Martial Arts Teachers’ Association Board of Advisors
Chris Sutton has recently joined such well known martial arts stars like Frank Shamrock, Jhoon Rhee, and Joe Lewis as a Martial Arts Teachers’ Association (MATA) board member.
MATA founder John Graden says, “Adding Chris Sutton to the board puts him in some big time company. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t feel he has earned it. Together, we are going to bring the unique information in C.O.B.R.A.™ defense to the martial arts teachers worldwide.” More info here.
Chris Sutton is a certified A.C.M.A. Martial Arts Instructor and a life-time Professional Martial Artist with over 20 years of training and teaching experience.
The A.C.M.A. (American Council on Martial Arts Education) certification is given and endorsed through the Coopers Research Institute and N.A.P.M.A. (National Association of Professional Martial Artist).
In the field of martial arts and self-defense education these accreditation’s are recognized as one of the highest and most professional certifications.
Chris has become a lifetime student of professional martial arts and self-defense training, philosophy and continuous education. He is a member of M.A.T.A., the Martial Arts Teachers Association. Chris has also trained and collaborated with Hall of Fame Martial Artist Sifu Brian Spiegel.
Summary of Additional Professional Experience
- Certified and Experienced Law Enforcement Officer, City and County
- Deputy Sheriff – Patrol Operations
- Corrections Officer – Maximum Security / Special Operations Division
- Boot Camp Drill Instructor- Law Enforcement Division
- Founder – COBRA-DEFENSE International / COBRA Fighting Systems
- Certified NRA Firearms Instructor I.D.# 101000208167132.
- Creator COBRA Fit Kickboxing
- Joe Lewis Fighting Systems Black Belt
- Elite Kickboxing Blackbelt - Jim Graden
- World Championship Martial Arts Black Belt - Jim Graden
- Founder Self-Defense Professional Magazine
- Creator of The Active Shooter Response Plan & Bully Response Plan
- Head Instructor United MA Academy
- 15 Time Gold Medalist in the I.L.E.G. Olympic Games
- Self-defense Representative at AT & T Stadium , Kids Day America
- Author, The Psychology of Self Defense & The Fight For Success Series
- Author, You Can't Tap Out in Real Life
Mark is a former Martial Ats School owner of multiple locations. He now Vice President of the Global brand working with 10 countries and over 100 locations on any given week.
Summary of Professional Experience:
- Decorated U.S. Army Veteran
- Business Administration Associates Degree
- COBRA Certified Instructor
- COBRA Fit Instructor
- Certified NRA Firearms Instructor
- Black Belt in Multiple Styles
- U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall Of Fame
- Author of 3D Fitness - Desire - Discipline-Dedication
Regional Training Centers
Joe Robaina is an internationally recognized corporate trainer, advisor, speaker and overall authority on Self Defense and Personal Protection. As C.O.B.R.A. Defense International Regional Director he's helped countless individuals all over the world experience the empowerment and peace of mind that comes from being trained in reality based self-defense. He's been featured on ABC, CBS, RT International media, and is a corporate self-defense trainer for global and multi-national companies, including Royal Caribbean, Verizon, and MTV. He is the Founder of the "Don't Be A Victim: Women's Self Defense Group and the internationally acclaimed American Cane Self Defense system. He is also heads the COBRA Elite division , where he supports COBRA Defense Owners specializing in imparting elite level self-defense skills for busy professionals in hours instead of years.
Jow Robaina: Regional Director & Head of Instructor Development
Leon is a full-time self-defense instructor and facility owner with over 25 years of training and teaching experience. As a former Military Counter Intelligence Officer and Corporate Security Manager for various Blue-Chip Companies, he is well versed in all aspects of crime prevention and risk mitigation in high crime risk environments. Leon holds a BA Degree and completed tertiary courses in Security & Safety Risk Management. He trained in Goju Ryu and Shotokan Karate. He holds a Black Belt in C.O.B.R.A. Fighting Systems and is a Certified C.O.B.R.A. Self-Defense, C.O.B.R.A. Fighting Systems and COBRA Fit Instructor.
Leon Myburgh: South Africa Regional Director
PHONE: 082 299 9117
Sidney Burns : Regional Director For COBRA Central & Northeast USA
Sidney’s extensive Self Defense/Martial Arts training has given him unique
insights into the world of personal protection.
Throughout Sidney’s 40 + years of martial arts training, he cares
about each student and wishes to impart the knowledge to help keep them safe.
Sidney has owned and operated Martial Arts and Self defense Schools for over a decade.
Having worked with thousands of people over the years, this gives Sidney the experience to help anyone young or old. He has been on multiple news channels as well as being featured in TIME magazine as an expert in Active Shooter Response training.
Summary of professional experience.
Certified Instructor in COBRA Self Defense
Certified Instructor in COBRA Fighting Systems
Certified Instructor in COBRA Fit Kickboxing
Certified Instructor in COBRA Active Shooter Response Plan
5th Degree Black Belt in Senshi Ryu Karate
5th Degree Black Belt in American Karate
1st Degree Combat Hapkido
1st Degree Shorin Ryu Karate
MATA Certified Instructor (Martial Arts Teachers Association)
Featured in Real Self Defense Magazine #3
MATA Instructor of the Year (2018)
Featured in COBRA Self Defense Professional Magazine (Dec. 2018)
Featured in TIME magazine
Sidney Burns: Northeast Regional Director – USA
COBRA-Defense Australia- Glenn Stevens
Glenn has been a professional educator and self defense instructor for over 30 years. He is the COBRA Defence Regional Director for Australia and runs his own full time centre in Queensland.
He teaches simple, effective skills to schools, community groups, regional councils, kindergartens and on public courses. He has also authored two books:
Please Keep Me Safe, An Expert’s Guide To Protecting Your Child From Predators, Bullying And Sexual Abuse,
Don’t Be a Victim; The Secrets That Predators Don’t Want You To Know
Glenn Stevens: Australia Regional Director
Lee Follen is a 2nd Degree Black Belt, under Glenn Stevens, with 20 years teaching experience. He runs his own Martial Arts club in London; Quest Black Belt School.
He is a professional referee, travelling all over the UK and internationally working on many fight shows including WCMMA and UCMMA. He referees MMA, Boxing and Kickboxing.
Lee is a fully qualified Fitness Instructor covering various aspects of fitness, including Zone Training, TRX, Level 3 Personal Trainer, Sports Nutrition, Spin, as well as COBRA Fit.
Lee Follen: Regional Director for COBRA London.