Our Instructors

Chris Sutton

Owner, Founder, Head Instructor

Chris Sutton Martial Arts

Chris’ extensive martial arts training as well as his law enforcement experience dealing with real criminals have gaven 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 trained in numerous Asain Martial Art systems earning multiple ranks. After many years in the Asain arts Chris studied under 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.” 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 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

  • Joe Lewis Black Belt
  • Author, The Psychology of Self Defense & The Fight For Success Series
  • Certified and Experienced Law Enforcement Officer, City and County
  • Corrections Officer
  • Boot Camp Drill Instructor
  • UBC Instructor
  • Head Instructor of the United Martial Arts Academy
  • 15 Time Gold Medallist in the I.L.E.G. Olympic Games
  • Self-defense Representative, Kids Day America

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