About Us

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

Chris’s 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 Heavyweight 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.™ Self 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 lifetime 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 accreditations 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 McKay – Chief Operating  Officer

Mark is a former Martial Arts School owner of multiple locations. He is now Vice President and C.O.O. 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 in Science Degree (G.I. Bill)
  • Liberal Arts Associate in Arts Degree (G.I. Bill)
  • COBRA Certified Instructor
  • COBRA Fit Instructor
  • Certified NRA Firearms Instructor
  • Black Belt in Multiple Styles
  • 2007 U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall Of Fame
  • Personal Fitness Trainer for nearly 3 decades
  • Author of 3D Fitness – Desire – Discipline – Dedication
  • Author of 3D Business – Desire – Discipline – Dedication

Read More About Mark McKay

Regional Training Centers

COBRA Self Defense Miami – Joe Robaina

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 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



COBRA Self Defense South Africa – Leon Myburgh

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

WEBSITE: www.cobradefense.co.za

EMAIL: info@cobradefense.co.za

COBRA Self 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 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