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Chris Sutton


Chris Sutton Martial Arts

A seasoned street cop, Deputy County Sheriff, and maximum security Corrections officer, Chris Sutton is the founder of the COBRA-Defense System.

Chris modeled the program after his training in the Police Academy where he witnessed many civilians from all walks of life enter the academy with little knowledge of self-defense and complete the programs ready to hit the street as officers of the law.

That transformation inspired Chris to create the COBRA-Defense System as a modified police academy for regular people.

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 trained in numerous Martial Art systems earning multiple ranks. After many years in a variety of combative systems, Chris studied under World Champion Kick Boxer Jim Graden earning a Black Belt in his Elite Kickboxing System. With further influence from the legendary champion Joe Lewis Chris earned another Black Belt in the 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 30 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

  • Joe Lewis Black Belt
  • COBRA Fit Creator
  • COBRA Fighting Systems Creator
  • Active Shooter Response Plan Creator
  • Author, The Psychology of Self Defense & The Fight For Success Series
  • Certified and Experienced Law Enforcement Officer, City and County – Patrol Operations
  • Corrections Officer / Special Operations Division / Maximum Security Division
  • Law Enforcement Boot Camp Drill Instructor
  • Personal Fitness Instructor
  • Head Instructor of the United Martial Arts Academy
  • 15 Time Gold Medalist in the I.L.E.G. Police Olympic Games
  • Self-defense Representative, Kids Day America
  • COBRA Bully Action Plan Creator

Chris Sutton