Reviews

Pearl Mokhahlane, 10 Week Academy Graduate, Bloemfontein

Enjoyed everything, especially the awareness techniques and the deadly force techniques.  The best self defense course that taught me to become more aware of my surroundings and it also taught me pre-attack indicators. I can now defend myself much better than before. Instructors are 5 stars out of 5 stars, very accommodating and funny.

Ilana Serfontein, 10 Week Academy Graduate, Bloemfontein

Enjoyed small groups, personal attention and motivation. Safe environment to make mistakes and correct them. Scenario training is intense and very real. Teaching mentality and not only technique. 5 Stars! 5 Stars! 5 Stars! This is an investment you owe yourself. I would say that your self-care is not complete without self-defense training at Cobra. The instructors are equipped and attentive to individual needs. Course content is 10/10. Instructors 10 Stars! Well done. Thank You!

Yolandi Swart, 10 Week Academy Graduate, Bloemfontein

Enjoyed everything! Engaging style, non threatening environment, free to ask questions. Pushing the limits when necessary.Course content is 10/10. Instructors 20/10!!!!

Matthys Serfontein, 10 Week Academy Graduate, Bloemfontein

I will motivate others to attend. Very good for yourself

Michelle Schmidt, Area Manager, Medical Nutritional Institute, Pretoria

We had a lovely time. A few people are still bruised! Our CEO was very impressed with you and your team. Thank you again.

 

Ankia Germishuys, 10 Week Academy Graduate, Bloemfontein

This course was my best investment in myself.

 

Buntu Magobiyana, Social Development Co-ordinator: Biodiversity Social Projects, South African National Parks 

Thank you for a wonderful training session and for making such a serious subject a lot of fun. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

Adv Karen Pillay, Senior Manager (Security Solutions- Physical) ESKOM

Thank you once again for making time available to showcase the COBRA self- defence programme. It was a professional and highly enjoyable demo.

 

Elise Stone, Area Manager Free State and N Cape, AVIS BUDGET RENT A CAR

I just wanted to say a huge big thank you for taking the time to come and see us today.  The girls thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and it was extremely informative. We look forward to doing something similar in the future. Much appreciated

Theda Shawe, 10 Week Academy Graduate, Bloemfontein

Absolutely insightful and realistic training! I did the 10 week course and recommend it to absolutely everyone I know! Even after the very first class I was kicking myself for not doing it sooner. I believe everybody needs this, especially South-Africans! Thank you Leon and Yolanda for the time and effort you took training us. I now have the confidence going out in to the world each day Knowing I can defend myself should I face a dangerous situation.

Anita Pretorius-Booysen, PAREXEL

Thank you Leon & Yolanda, PAREXEL staff enjoyed the sessions a lot! I think this will be the main topic of all conversations for a long time.

Marie Dumas Jennings, Centurion Eye Hospital

Thank you so much for the self defense training today at Centurion Eye Hospital. It was a big eye opener.

Paul Bester, Afriforum Langenhovenpark

Thank you very much for this great opportunity Leon and Yolanda. You rock !!!!!!Julle is ysters !!!!

Ella, Bloemfontein

Ek wil net baie dankie se vir Saterdag se kursus. Ek en Mandy het dit vreeslik baie geniet! Mandy kan nie uitgepraat raak oor julle nie! Weer dankie,  ons het so baie geleer en soveel pret gehad!

Christiaan Muller, CEO, Vetus Schola Protection Services

One of our Armed Response Officers who attended the C.O.B.R.A. Protection Specialist Self-Defense Course responded to an incident. Upon arrival the Response Officer was confronted by an aggressive male suspect and a physical scuffle ensued during which the Response Officer dropped his firearm. Upon reviewing the video footage of the incident I noticed how the C.O.B.R.A. training kicked in and the Response Officer managed to subdue the suspect and recover his firearm.  I highly recommend C.O.B.R.A. Self-Defense South Africa.

Terry 36 (Bloemfontein)

I joined Cobra Fighting Systems, because I was looking for a self defense system that would actually work in real life situations. Where your attackers are armed with guns and knives and could not care less about your life. This far the Cobra Fighting Systems has not only met this high expectation above but has surpassed it. In only a few classes, we have not only learned the physical know how on what to do to protect ourselves during an attack. But the system has also taught us on how to prevent being a victim in the first place. I highly recommend the Cobra Fighting System to any one that would want to learn effective self defense for real world situations. That is taught by passionate and knowledgeable instructors in an interactive and fun class environment. Where quality training is given to each person to ensure that you would be able to defend yourself.

 

V.Z. (Bloemfontein)

After completing two one day courses and a five week course I enrolled for weekly COBRA classes. I started COBRA to ensure I can protect myself and after being assaulted by a co-worker. This system has definitely proved to be highly effective.The instructors are very friendly and helpful creating a supporting energy in a positive environment. Paying attention to small details which reassure you of their knowledge of the program and commitment to helping you. Join COBRA now so you can gain the confidence and knowledge to defend yourself. This is a system applicable to anyone which helps overcome personal barriers as well.

(JJ d T – verbal testimony translated from Afrikaans to English. Bloemfontein).

I am a former member of the South African Police Special Task Force and trained in specialized functions such as anti-hostage situations. The C.O.B.R.A. course is an excellent course and I loved the way the instructor presented the course material. My specialized police training was mostly focused on offensive techniques but here I also learned to focus on defensive techniques. My wife definitely needs to attend the next 5 Week Academy

 

2LT Patrick J. Shelton, 1st Lieutenant, US Army

My name is Second Lieutenant Patrick Shelton and I am a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army. I write this testimonial not only as a member of this great country’s armed forces, but as a student of Cobra as well as an instructor in the course. Cobra gave me the courage and confidence to deal with any altercation both as a civilian and as a soldier. Whether it was verbal or physical, Cobra helped me to stay calm and react appropriately to any situation. Prior to joining the Army, I was a bouncer at some of the roughest bars in the area. On several occasions, i had to deploy techniques I used in Cobra to protect myself and those around me. The first few altercations I got into after completing the course, I was amazed at how I handled the situation. It was pure instinct like I had known it all along. I was calm, cool, and collected and the bad guy neutralized. I cannot express the piece of mind Cobra self defense gives you. Knowing that you can protect yourself and those around you is an amazing feeling. Cobra is unique in the sense that it is simple. There are lots of programs out there, programs I have taken, that are flat out too difficult to learn. Cobra is simple and anyone, I mean anyone, can do it. Young or old. Big or small. Athletic or not fit. Cobra can train anyone. Cobra makes you feel the primal fear of a real life self defense situation through many rigorous drills and realistic training scenarios. It not only deals with the physical side of self defense but the psychological side also. It not only trains the body, but trains the mind. I have taken combatives courses in the military and I am here to tell you, I feel more confident after taking cobra than I do after taking those courses. I cannot say it enough, but Cobra is simple, easy, and highly, highly effective and it is insurance for yourself and your loved ones. Plus, it is a heck of a lot of fun. Do not think that an attack or robbery cant happen to you because it can. Will you be prepared??? Cobra truly is the best self defense program in the world.

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Rosemary White

The very first class was amazing. I learned that I had been living with a false sense of security, and that the psychology of a crime can be even scarier than the crime itself. COBRA has taught me that it is I, and only I, that can keep myself safe, informed and vigilant. It has taught me not depend on anyone else for my own safety and security. As a woman it is very empowering! I recommend this course to ANYONE wanting to know just how to keep themselves, and the ones they love, safe and informed.

Renee Ruberto

So far I have been to the first 2 classes and within the first 10 minutes of hearing Chris Sutton speak, I knew I made one of the best decisions in my life by signing up. He has the training and the experience to teach us how to feel confident walking down the street and be ready for any scenario. I am so excited to see what the rest of the academy has in store and I can’t recommend it enough to all my friends and family. My favorite part is the myth busting. What I have been thinking for as long as I can remember has be wrong all along and I am so thankful I haven’t been in a situation to find out the hard way. He gives you the REAL advice that will work.

Paul Lewis

We enrolled our daughter to protect herself for the rest of her life. As parents it’s the best “life insurance” policy out there. Thank you Chris

Mike Webb

This class is a game changer! Chris’s no nonsense, hands on teaching philosophy is spot on. The skills and techniques he teaches you are practical and work! I can’t imagine anyone that this class would not benefit. In a crisis situation you will not rise to the level of the occasion, but rather default to your level of preparation. This class will change your ” Default Setting” and perhaps save your Life!

Luke Pallone

I just finished the orientation for the COBRA Self Defense class an hour ago, and it’s still on my mind. The first thing I did when it was finished was call my Mom and tell her everything I had learned! I already feel more prepared for attackers just from the introduction. Chris Sutton, the instructor, opened my eyes to ways of lessening your risk of being attacked, just by being aware of the time and your surroundings. In just one class I feel safer and more prepared for the real world. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s class!

Bianca Abreu

-I enrolled in this self defense program because I had always wanted to learn self defense in case a situation would arise that would force me to fight for my well-being. In a summer camp I once went to they taught me a little of krav maga and it got me interested in continuing to learn this form of fighting. Instead my mom suggested C.O.B.R.A, at first I thought that krav maga would be so much better but I would give C.O.B.R.A a shot anyways. I am close to finishing my 10 week class and already wanting to do it again, I am so glad I gave it a shot. Now I have stored some valuable tools in my “piggy bank” that I can use, thank you Chris Sutton and all the cobra instructors. It has been a joy taking this class and I am already starting to recommend it to friends and family.

Michael Miller

Very good classes. They teach real world applications for fighting and focus on situational fighting, rather than forms. The fitness class is lively, the mma class keeps you on your toes, and the C.O.B.R.A. class will keep you safe. Definitely worth, at least, a try.

Steve Kille

Chris Sutton traveled to Arlington, Texas to teach the “One Day Survival Seminar” on June 2, 2012. Most people go through life without much thought about their personal safety, or what they would do in a bad situation. This seminar is the real deal, and opened my eyes. I got my black belt in 1982, but always felt that martial arts were just that: an art. Martial arts is a great foundation, but I was looking for a reality based training, and COBRA delivers. It teaches a psychological approach to self-defense, which is essential. Then there is time to practice some simple proven techniques. I highly recommend this course for everyone. I am eager to take the 10 week academy next.

Romina Lan

One of the best classes I’ve ever taken, and definitely the most useful. It not only brings life saving knowledge, but also boosts the self confidence being able to deal with dangerous situations. Two thumps up!!

Marla S

EMPOWERING! Chris Sutton is a very motivational instructor. This is a set of life skills every person should be equipped with. Fast paced and hands on training. The class feels very energized and personalized to meet a variety of situations. Well worth the drive to attend.

Talon Craft

The BEST program out for overall self defense for real life situations. I would recommend this to anyone!!

Sherri Stinson

This place is awesome. I signed up for the COBRA class at the Clearwater location after reading too many scary stories online. I was concerned that if I needed to defend myself that I wouldn’t be able to do it. After 1 night in the COBRA class, I discovered my concerns are well founded. Chris quickly dispels the notion that you are safe because you carry a phone, have mace or have a CWP permit. However long you think it will take you to react to someone who is threatening that, you should know off the bat that you’re probably wrong. I like the format of the class. He quickly throws you in to real life situations such as a home invasion (his version is simulated). Although we thought we had a plan for an intruder, Chris’ class shows you in real life exactly HOW disorienting the situation would really be. Chris’ class is modeled after the police academy, but condensed down for civilians. If you’ve never taken a self-defense class, you should take this one. Yes, there could be considered expensive at $500 (I bought mine on special for $239), however, there is no price for your safety. As Chris points out, we insure our homes, our cars, our jewelry, our cell phones, but not our everyday security. If you have been holding off on taking his class, DON’T PUT IT OFF ANY LONGER. Everyone, young, old, male, female NEEDS this class. I’m hooked and feel empowered knowing that should someone ever try to assault me, I can take care of myself..

Joyo LP

My daughter Chalace and I took the C.O.B.R.A. 10 week class and LOVED it! Now my kids and I have a family membership for martial arts, kickboxing and fitness classes. The instructors are awesome and we like the facilities. We’ve never felt better about our safety and health. Thanks guys! ~Julie from Holiday

Chris Abrams

Started COBRA self defense program last week, great program and instructors. Look forward to the next class! Would recommend this to anyone looking for real world / practical self defense.

Chloe Fortmuller

I am really learning a lot about self defense and real life situations, while being in my comfort zone. The instructors are very good at taking their time to give one-on-one instruction when needed, and I look forward to completing the rest of my C.O.B.R.A. course. I recommend the C.O.B.R.A. class to anyone who is wanting to learn real life self defense.

Dominic Zingale

COBRA SELF DEFENSE SYSTEMS is designed to recreate real life scenarios, you can choose to be a victim or someone that will wish they’ve never tried to put their hands on and or perceive you as a soft target. This is a MUST DO especially if you have a family, unfortunately there are to many desperate people out in today’s society that are looking for an easy target. You can be the hunter or the hunted it’s your choice. i prefer to always have the edge up on anyone with a desperate mind set!!!

Karin Golden

Enrolling in the cobra academy was a great decision for me and my sister. The class helps you with self defense and teaches you how to protect yourself and others around you. Class is only a hour long, twice a week and is well worth my time. It’s been a great experience and fun while learning how you can potentially save my life. If I wouldn’t of taken this class I would not know half the stuff I do now. Cobra academy is a great option if you’re looking for a self defense course.

Sean Mitchner
Army Ranger/ West Point graduate

Cobra teaches suite of skills that can save just about anyone’s life. I am a Cobra Graduate and I put my son and daughters through it as well. It’s a high level of skill that anyone can learn much like I taught as an Army rangers Combative instructor.

Matthew Stoeckicht

Chris Sutton’s COBRA Self Defense class is simply awesome. It teaches you powerful techniques to be aware and get out of dangerous situations. My wife and daughter have both completed the course and now have defensive skills that will always be with them. Now, I am taking the class and completely enjoying it. All of the instructors are very knowledgeable and eager to teach you. This is definitely a class worth taking.

My name is Second Lieutenant Patrick Shelton and I am an Infantry Officer in the United States Army. I write this testimonial not only as a member of this great country’s armed forces, but as a student of Cobra as well as an instructor in the course. Cobra gave me the courage and confidence to deal with any altercation both as a civilian and as a soldier. Whether it was verbal or physical, Cobra helped me to stay calm and react appropriately to any situation. Prior to joining the Army, I was a bouncer at some of the roughest bars in the area. On several occasions, i had to deploy techniques I used in Cobra to protect myself and those around me. The first few altercations I got into after completing the course, I was amazed at how I handled the situation. It was pure instinct like I had known it all along. I was calm, cool, and collected and the bad guy neutralized. I cannot express the piece of mind Cobra self defense gives you. Knowing that you can protect yourself and those around you is an amazing feeling. Cobra is unique in the sense that it is simple. There are lots of programs out there, programs I have taken, that are flat out too difficult to learn. Cobra is simple and anyone, I mean anyone, can do it. Young or old. Big or small. Athletic or not fit. Cobra can train anyone. Cobra makes you feel the primal fear of a real life self defense situation through many rigorous drills and realistic training scenarios. It not only deals with the physical side of self defense but the psychological side also. It not only trains the body, but trains the mind. I have taken combatives courses in the military and I am here to tell you, i feel more confident after taking cobra than I do after taking those courses. I cannot say it enough, but Cobra is simple, easy, and highly, highly effective and it is insurance for yourself and your loved ones. Plus, it is a heck of a lot of fun. Do not think that an attack or robbery cant happen to you because it can. Will you be prepared??? Cobra truly is the best self defense program in the world.

Best Wishes,
2LT Patrick J. Shelton
Infantry Officer
US Army

Nina Rocca

Join COBRA! Great program and learning experience. Recommend this program to all wanting to strengthen their physical, emotional and mental capacity to protect themselves in any unfamiliar situation. Chris Sutton is a great teacher and leader. Proud to be a part of the team. Looking forward to future programs/events!