How long does it take to learn C.O.B.R.A?

That depends on where you train. If you enroll in a martial arts school, your goals and objectives are not that of a real-world self-defense program. That’s because martial arts schools have lots of traditional requirements, sport skills, techniques, and forms that are not self-defense oriented. In contrast, COBRA only teaches self-defense, so you can streamline your training. This is a more effective and efficient way to train.

Do I need to be in good shape or have any experience?

No. you do not have to be fit or have any previous experience. COBRA Self-Defense only requires that you have a desire to learn.

Why not just carry a gun?

The 3 most valuable firearm skills are the ability to access, deploy, and retain your weapon. Weapon retention is the most important of the 3. Most people do not train for this. Even a highly trained professional, like a policeman, who works with a gun every day, is at risk of losing their weapon to a criminal. Killing paper at the range is easy, being in a live shooting situation is completely different and we demonstrate this in your first COBRA class.

Is COBRA Self-Defense Defense a Martial Art like Karate or Tae Kwon Do?

COBRA Self Defense is NOT a martial art. The martial arts tend to approach training with the goal of teaching a long-term, complex system. On the other hand, COBRA prepares students to be able to handle multiple types of real-world criminal encounters. It’s not a sport, game, competition, or traditional martial art. While that can be valuable training, it leaves little time and focus on realistic self-defense. COBRA Self-Defense is 100% realistic Law Enforcement-based self-defense. There is no bowing, belts, or ritual. Just learning.

How do I assess a Self Defense Program?

The average person spends very little time in their life reviewing self-defense or martial arts programs. You may buy in to a program that has no basis in real world self-defense because “you don’t know what you don’t know”.
Here are 3 red flags that a program may not be reality based.

  1. They do pre-rehearsed self-defense demos. For instance, they’ll have a woman being attacked and as she kicks and punches the attackers, they drop like flies all around her.COBRA Self-Defense never does pre-rehearsed demos. We will pull someone from the audience who we may have never met to help illustrate the reality of the point we’re trying to make.
  2. They demonstrate a child kicking and punching an adult male until he drops, defeated. This will never happen.Kids can’t fight their way out of the grasp of a determined adult criminal the way most people think.
  3. The demonstrating attacker holds his or her punch out and stands still while the defense is being executed. In the martial arts, this is called “One Step Sparring” and it is often passed off as self-defense. It is not.

How is COBRA Self Defense different than Krav Maga?

COBRA was developed from real life Law Enforcement training and field experience. COBRA Self Defense was created in 2002 by Chris Sutton. He literally created the system in his squad car between calls while simultaneously working as a full time Law Enforcement Officer and martial arts school owner.CO BRA Self Defense and Krav Maga are viewed by many as the top of the list, which is why this question comes up so often.
Either one can serve you well provided the instructors are highly trained and qualified, but there are some differences. It’s helpful to understand that the words, “krav maga” translates to “contact combat” in Hebrew. So, any contact combat system can be described as Krav Maga. Generally speaking, Krav Maga evolved from the 1950s as a system developed for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). There are distinctions between COBRA and Krav but for the average person, it boils down to this: Police officers physically engage criminals on a daily basis. This means what works and what doesn’t work gets filtered through in real time. Law Enforcement agencies continually enhance their skills and training based on what is most effective in real world situations against criminals of all types. COBRA Self Defense continually upgrades and enhances its curriculum by attending and participating in Law Enforcement field training events and on-duty patrol activities. In contrast, a military soldier may never have a physical engagement, so the majority of what is learned is in the classroom, not the field of battle or the streets.