About C.O.B.R.A.™

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:

  1. More Adult Students
  2.  More corporate clients
  3.  Fresh New Income
  4. Local Media

C.O.B.R.A.™ training facilities are growing rapidly throughout the U.S. with over 85 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.

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About C.O.B.R.A.™ Self-Defense System Creator Chris Sutton

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.

A.C.M.A. Accreditation

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
  • Boot Camp Drill Instructor
  • Founder – COBRA-DEFENSE / COBRA Fighting Systems
  • Creator COBRA Fit Kickboxing
  • Joe Lewis Black Belt
  • Elite Kickboxing Blackbelt
  • Founder Self-Defense Professional Magazine
  • Creator of The Active Shooter Response Plan & Bully Response Plan
  • Head Instructor of the United Martial Arts 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

Mark McKay- Vice President

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
  • Black Belt in Multiple Styles
  • U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall Of Fame
  • Author of 3D Fitness - Desire - Discipline-Dedication

Read More About Mark McKay

Thomas Aydelott- Head of Regional Development

Thomas has owned Martial Arts / Self-Defense and Fitness centers  and now works closely with COBRA members to refine their teaching and business development. He is a great resource for COBRA members and like many of the COBRA Executives he is just a phone call or email away. Tom is a COBRA Fighting Systems Black Belt and certified COBRA and COBRA Fit Instructor


Regional Training Centers

COBRA- Defense Miami

COBRA-Defense South Africa

COBRA-Defense Fort Collins

COBRA-Defense Winston Salem

COBRA-Defense Austrailia


Nat Guy

Nat's expertise has covered creative direction, branding, design, development, social media, strategy, lead nurturing, broadcast motion graphics video, print, mobile apps and other marketing disciplines for award-winning projects ranging from Viacom's Mtv Studios, The Nielsen Company, Scion, Kia Motors, multi-New York Times best-selling author to startups and local institutions.