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John Graden

John Graden

Executive Director

John Graden led the martial arts into the modern era by creating the first professional association, trade journal & instructors certification program.

Bullies will abuse 13-million kids this year.

Now you can get paid to help those kids bring it to an end.

Get Certified to teach the Cobra Anti-Bully

Seminar in your area.

The response has been fantastic. The Cobra Anti-Bullying Action Plan is highly attractive to the market and instructors because it provides clear and comprehensive solutions in a step-by-step action plan.

Once you let the PTA or local Civic Group know that this is “Non-Violent” and “Non-Confrontational” doors open.

We’ll show you how to market and teach this seminar.

It’s ideal for:

  • Martial arts school owners
  • Personal trainers
  • People who just want to help kids
  • Youth ministers
  • Youth team coaches
  • School / PE teachers
  • After-school programs

No martial arts experience is required.

You can teach this seminar as a:

a. Feeder for your school (if you have one)

b. Seminar income from attendee fees

c. Resell our Bully Manual for an affiliate fee (coming next week)

d. To gain media coverage

e. As a bonus for your current students and clients

f. As a full-time job as you grow your base and fine tune your presentation

g. As the perfect entrée’ into schools, churches, athletic leagues, civic groups and any other place where families of school age children congregate.

In this seminar package, you will receive:

  • Pre-written letters to School Officials/ Law Enforcement/ Principals
  • The exact words to get the police involved
  • How to pre-train children with scenarios
  • The Reality of Bullying Law Enforcement Tips and Tactics
  • Chapters from Child Psychologist and Doctors
  • Over 150 Illustrated anti-abduction and self-defense techniques
  • How to create the ultimate safety plan for your children
  • Incident log book and note sections
  • How to keep your child safe from social media and internet exposure


  • 233-page Bully Action Plan Manual
  • Drills and Scenarios “Cheat Sheets” that you can use for reference during the seminar.
  • One-hour COBRA Self-Defense & Striking DVD shot
  • An 80-minute Audio Interview with Chris Sutton
  • Testing For Adults and Kids
  • Flyer and Social-Media Templates for Marketing Your Seminar
  • The COBRA-Defense Anti-Bully Manual was created by a former Corrections and Law Enforcement officer Chris Sutton who has real life experience in dealing with criminal, bullying and abductions.

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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