Physical & Mental
Fun, Academy Format
Hi, I am Gina, your Cobra Chicago Certified Self-Defense Instructor. My passion is to spread awareness about self-defense and to educate people on how to protect themselves. On average, it takes 8-11 minutes after a 911 call for the authorities to arrive at the scene. That’s why I am here to train you to be your own first responder!
My group workshops and personal training will leave you educated, prepared and empowered to be able to better defend yourself if you find yourself in a dangerous situation. COBRA Self-Defense has a variety of curriculums and I can personalize any session to meet your specific goals. I host workshops at a location in Wilmette or I can can come on site to your home, office or school. The workshops are for any size groups including one on one personal training sessions. Workshops are held a few times a month or you can call to schedule your own time!
A little about me: I am a mother, a wife and a big animal lover, having been a veterinary technician in my prior career. Prior to becoming a Certified COBRA Self-Defense Instructor, I trained in various martial arts including Krav Maga and Taekwondo (2nd degree black belt) and also owned and operated a kickboxing gym. Now, I am dedicated to teaching the COBRA Self-Defense System to in order to help others build skills and confidence to know that they can protect themselves and their family in a variety of circumstances.
It’s important to remember that you cannot rely on others to save you when you are in a threatening situation and simply hoping it never happens to you is not a plan. You must invest in your safety by taking the time to learn the physical and mental tools of self-defense so that you can be your own hero.
It's NOT What You're Thinking
No martial protocol. No uniforms. No belts. No bowing. The C.O.B.R.A.™ Self-Defense 10 Week Academy is not a traditional martial art. It is a Police Academy for Civilians.
EVERYONE Can Be Safer
No matter your age, gender, level of fitnes or prior experience, EVERYONE deserves better protection for themselves and their family.
Be MENTALLY Prepared
Know what to look for. Avoid conflict in the first place. Most people mentally shut down under stress. You will learn to stay in control.
Be PHYSICALLY Prepared
And when conflict is unavoidable, have the power to stop the threat. C.O.B.R.A.™ scenario training prepares you for real situations.
"WHAT AN AMAZING, LIFE ALTERING CLASS!!!!
We took the C.O.B.R.A. Self-Defense Class due to my being mugged 6 months ago. I never thought I would feel so empowered as I do now. I hope that no one ever has to feel the adrenaline rush of a true mugging or the fear that comes after it. This class gave us the basis for protecting ourselves and our loved ones!! Thank you Chris, C.O.B.R.A. instructors and everyone, including some amazing classmates, for a wonderful, LIFE ALTERING EXPERIENCE!!! We will be taking this class again and again!! Go C.O.B.R.A.!!!"
C.O.B.R.A.™ instructors are dedicated to your success. No egos allowed.
"That is why I'm a C.O.B.R.A. instructor. Those breakthrough moments when the student realizes they don't have to be a victim. They have the power to defend themselves. It's awesome."
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C.O.B.R.A.™ Is A Police Academy For Civilians
Combining experience in law enforcement, close quarter combat techniques, martial arts & the psychology of criminal intent the Combat Objective Battle Ready Applications, or C.O.B.R.A.™, self-defense system is a 10 Week Academy designed to be highly effective in real world situations where your survival is on the line.
Ex-street cop, sheriff and corrections officer, Joe Lewis-blackbelt, school owner, author and C.O.B.R.A.™ founder Chris Sutton has written the book (literally) on the pyschology of self-defense. This is not simply a collection of "cool moves," but a complete system covering both the mental and physical aspects of self-defense with a unique emphasis on scenario training.
Our Mission Is To Make EVERYONE Safer
Everyone deserves to improve their security. No matter your age, gender, or level of expertise.
There is no martial protocol. No uniforms. No belts. No bowing. This is a "Police Academy For Civilians."
Avoid conflict in the first place and keep in control when conflict is unavoidable -- when most people mentally and physically shut down. C.O.B.R.A.™ is an eye-opening and rewarding experience for students.
Amazingly, from kindergarten through high school and college, we are never required to learn self-defense. We then dedicate ourselves to developing our careers.
Most of us, therefore, go our entire life never considering self-defense until the very moment we need it. And by then it's too late.
The myths we see on tv and in movies make up the core of most people's training. We think having a cell phone or a firearm, for example, is all the protection we need. We are wrong.
C.O.B.R.A.™ is an eye-opening experience.
- Survival Skills
- Close Quarter Combat
- Scenario Training
- Deadly Force Situations
- Psychology of Defense
- Stranger Awareness
- C.O.B.R.A.™ Training Manual
- C.O.B.R.A.™ T-Shirt
- Graduation Certificate
- C.O.R.E. Classes
"Chris Sutton has really hit a home run with his C.O.B.R.A.™ program. It's the only effective self-defense program that I would recommend and I have been in the industry over 20 years."
"C.O.B.R.A.™ was actually better than the training I received in the police academy."
"It made me feel empowered and a lot more confident as a single female."
"The techniques taught in C.O.B.R.A.™ are quick. They are gross motor skills... It was that quick, that effective and I was able to maintain control of the situation which otherwise would have been chaotic."
"WHAT AN AMAZING, LIFE ALTERING CLASS!!!! We took the C.O.B.R.A. Self-Defense Class due to my being mugged 6 months ago. I never thought I would feel so empowered as I do now. I hope that no one ever has to feel the adrenaline rush of a true mugging or the fear that comes after it. This class gave us the basis for protecting ourselves and our loved ones!! Thank you Chris, C.O.B.R.A. instructors and everyone, including some amazing classmates, for a wonderful, LIFE ALTERING EXPERIENCE!!! We will be taking this class again and again!! Go C.O.B.R.A.!!!"
"The C.O.B.R.A. self-defense program was one of the best investments I have made in my life. I really enjoyed these classes because I feel like I will be able to have control if I am ever put in a situation. I'm not a big person, but I have confidence, power, and knowledge to defend myself."
"I came from karate... C.O.B.R.A.™ taught me that the flashy kicks and the flashy punches sometimes don't work in a real world situation where someone's taking your legs out and all those things are going out the window."
"I can honestly say that this is without a doubt the best way to bring functional, realistic and useful self-defense to the public. I have been involved in the martial arts and self-defense industry for close to 30 years and have not seen anything like the C.O.B.R.A.™ program."
"This course made me realize just how little I knew! With C.O.B.R.A.™ training, even the smallest person can defend themselves."
"The scenario training really sets it apart from any other program out there."
"The C.O.B.R.A.™ experience was very similar to what I taught as a combatives instructor for the United States Army. Chris Sutton's C.O.B.R.A.™ course teaches a suite of skills that can absolutely be used in any type of life threatening situation. Personally I had my two daughters and two boys take the course because I am a big believer in the confidence it builds and skill set it provides."
"This program is vital to take! I am more conscious of my environment and don't put myself in dangerous areas. This program will teach you reality-based information that karate won't!"
"This is a great course! I think my children will know how to react if they are in a dangerous situation. This is a great class for anyone!"
"I can't believe I went without self-defense training for 26 years! The training academy is AMAZING! You won't believe what simple techniques can be done to help defend yourself if you are in a bad situation!"