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Do Martial Arts Really Works for Law Enforcement?
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Do Martial Arts Really Work for Law Enforcement?

Learn why COBRA-Defense was created by Chris Sutton

How would your martial arts skills work for you as a maximum-security prison guard, street cop, or county sheriff?

Joe Lewis black belt Chris Sutton has trained in nearly a dozen different martial arts styles and he also held each one of those jobs. His first fight with an inmate was over a Reeses Cup™. Find out if his martial arts training helped or hindered him.

Also, learn how the Police Academy 10-week training program compared to his martial arts training.

Here are more show notes from this fascinating interview with Chris Sutton.

Websites:

SelfDefenseBusiness.com

MartialArtsTeachers.com

EmpowerKickboxing.com

JohnGraden.com

:38 Corrections officer

:40 Care, custody, and control of some of the worst criminals in the world

1:05 Law enforcement boot camp for felons

1:40 Maximum Security Prison Guard

1:43 Street cop

1: 50 Talking to crime victims

2:00 Capturing criminals

2:10 What they will kill you for

2:30 Did martial arts help or hinder your job?

2:40 Gets into a fight over Reeses Cup

3:10 Inmate gets knocked out

3:35 Chris went to 13 different public schools in Tampa Bay as a kid

3:48 Using martial arts against violent criminals

3:58 Feelings during a real fight

4:25 Cobra was developed to be market-friendly, easy to learn with maximum impact

4:40 What you learn in the Police Academy

4:44 Why does it take 4-5 years to earn a black belt yet Police Academy graduates go straight to the streets

4:50 What he created in COBRA

5:30 Why COBRA is designed for everyone to progress together

5:35 How he decides what to teach and include in the course

5:45 What is different about COBRA vs Krav Maga

6:52 If you need help today, who would you call to help market your self-defense program?

7:50 Companies that call COBRA for training

9:00 COBRA in contrast to what’s out there

9:15 Living a life of quiet desperation not making money

9:30 How would you teach a real estate safety seminar

9:40 How COBRA tests programs before releasing them to members

10:30 What support COBRA provides for instructors

11:00 What a new member gets when they join COBRA

11:30 Do you need a school to teach COBRA

12:00 How to create income 24 hours a day

12:10 What succeeds at COBRA and who tends to fail

13:30 The income potential for COBRA

14:00 The difference between selling yourself vs selling your program

15:10 Some COBRA success stories

16:00 The house that COBRA built

16:16 You don’t need to attend a COBRA certification seminar

17:15 The importance of following the COBRA system

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John Graden

Tony Robbins

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Notice Tyson’s hand is by his face, not his hip.

His chin is down instead of up.

His shoulder is up instead of pulled back.

His body is sideways to his opponent instead of squared off.

His legs are under his body not spread apart like he was riding a horse.

With this kind of form, he would fail his orange belt exam in most schools. 

How does that make any sense?

Sensei Tyson?

If Mike Tyson or a world champion kickboxer came to your school to teach your black belts. What do you think he would work on? Double punches, square blocks, and keeping your chin up?

I’m pretty sure he would emphasize head movement, how to snap your punches and a defense that does NOT include pulling your punch back to your hip.

I’m sure the students would learn advanced applications to adjust for different fighters. Notice I said advanced applications, not advanced strikes.

When you focus on application, you can apply that to almost any technique.

For instance, if the drill is about how to fight a taller fighter, the answer is more about footwork to stay on the outside until you can secure quick access. My brothers are 6′ 3″ and 6′ 4″ so I know something about fighting a taller opponent.

Drills that teach that application do not require complexity. They require simplicity.

The more complex a skill becomes, the less chance it can be used. Have you ever seen a double punch? Only in kata and here:

If you eliminated all kata and traditional skills, you could devote that time to drills and conditioning that would give your students a true advantage in sparring or self-defense.

Imagine teaching fewer skills that are easy to teach and learn than traditional skills and kata.

You could spend more time on the application of those skills rather than stepping up and down the classroom and holding blocks and punches out in the air, which leaves you wide open for a counterattack.

Rather than spending student’s time with the complexity and frustration of spending years perfecting the bad habits of pulling their hand back to their hip, keeping their chin up, aiming and holding a punch in the air, and blocking with power while stepping forward, your retention will improve. Your student quality will improve. Your curriculum consistency will improve.

This is the core of our white to black belt curriculum Empower Kickboxing.

It’s an old saying, but true. “Less is best.”

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