The Gold Standard in Real World Self-Defense Training Anyone Can Do!


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, with further influence from the legendary champion Joe Lewis in the Elite Kickboxing System earning another Black Belt.

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.”

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.

Mark McKay - Chief Operating Officer And Vice President

Mark is a former Martial Arts School owner of multiple locations. He is now Vice President of the Global brand C.O.B.R.A.™ working with 10 countries and over 150 locations on any given week.

Summary of Professional Experience:


It's NOT What You're Thinking

No martial protocol. No uniforms. No belts. No bowing. It's not a martial art. It's a Police Academy for Civilians.  


No matter your age, gender, level of fitness or prior experience, EVERYONE deserves better protection for themselves & their family  

Be MENTALLY Prepared

Know what to look for. Avoid conflict in the first place. Most people mentally shut down under stress. You will learn to stay in control.  


And when conflict in unavoidable, have the power to stop the threat. C.O.B.R.A. scenario training prepares you for real situations. 


By taking the class you will feel and know that you WILL be able to protect yourself and or your family if the need should arise.


Our instructors are only here to serve you. To make sure that you know how to protect yourself and or your family. NOT to SHOW OFF.  

Here's What Others Are Saying About The C.O.B.R.A.™ Defense System

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"It's the only effective self-defense program that I would recommend & I have been in the industry over 20 years."

John Graden

World Kickboxing Champion

"C.O.B.R.A. was actually better than the training I received in the police academy."

Meg C.

Law Enforcement Officer

"The scenario training really sets it apart from any other program out there."

Chris L.


"WHAT AN AMAZING, LIFE ALTERING CLASS!!!! We took the C.O.B.R.A. Self-Defense Class due to my being mugged 6 months ago. I never thought I would feel so empowered as I do now. I hope that no one ever has to feel the adrenaline rush of a true mugging or the fear that comes after it. This class gave us the basis for protecting ourselves and our loved ones!! Thank you Chris, C.O.B.R.A. instructors and everyone, including some amazing classmates, for a wonderful, LIFE ALTERING EXPERIENCE!!! We will be taking this class again and again!! Go C.O.B.R.A.!!!"  

Kathy & Don

"The C.O.B.R.A.™ experience was very similar to what I taught as a combatives instructor for the United States Army. Chris Sutton's C.O.B.R.A.™ course teaches a suite of skills that can absolutely be used in any type of life threatening situation. Personally I had my two daughters and two boys take the course because I am a big believer in the confidence it builds and skill set it provides."  



"I can't believe I went without self-defense training for 26 years! The training academy is AMAZING! You won't believe what simple techniques can be done to help defend yourself if you are in a bad situation!" 



"The C.O.B.R.A. self-defense program was one of the best investments I have made in my life. I really enjoyed these classes because I feel like I will be able to have control if I am ever put in a situation. I'm not a big person, but I have confidence, power, and knowledge to defend myself."  

Kate H.

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Get Chris Sutton's Psychology of Self-Defense ebook.

Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a police officer, or an experienced Martial Artist, this book will open your mind to a new way of thinking. Real, effective self-defense begins with a mindset. Here is your guide to developing that mindset. Learn what it takes to OVERCOME conflict, and PROTECT yourself and those you care about.

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It Will Never Happen to You.  Right?

The amount of violence in our culture is shocking and it doesn’t matter where you are! You could be in church like the 76 year old woman mugged by a couple of thugs. Anyone can get targeted anywhere, anytime you, your husband, your wife, or children and if you’re not prepared you could be  victim.

Don’t Be a Victim! Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Empowered


Duane Brumitt

Owner C.O.B.R.A. Defense Chicago

Christopher Sutton

Founder of C.O.B.R.A. Defense Self-Defense Systems

Mark McKay

Vice President C.O.B.R.A. Self-Defense Systems

Bradley, IL 60915

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