About Us

Combining experience in law enforcement, close quarter combat techniques, martial arts & the psychology of criminal intent the Combat Objective Battle Ready Applications (COBRA) self-defense program is designed to be highly effective in real world situations where your survival is on the line.


Chris Sutton

A seasoned Largo, FL street cop, Pinellas County Sheriff, and maximum security prison guard, 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.

John Graden

Known as the martial arts Teacher of Teachers, 8th degree black belt John Graden is widely recognized as one of the preeminent martial arts instructors in the world. 

A bestselling author, he is a member of the Million Dollar Author Club and an inductee into the Self-Publishing Hall of Fame. 

John also teaches Public Speaking and Presentation skills to professionals.