About C.O.B.R.A. Self Defense™

Founder & Creator Chris Sutton

Chris’ extensive martial arts training as well as his law enforcement experience dealing with real criminals have given him highly unique insights into the reality of self-defense. Chris has used this expertise to create the acclaimed C.O.B.R.A.™ reality-based self-defense system, as well as influencing his other martial arts programs, fitness programs & books.

Chris is a Joe Lewis Fighting Systems Black Belt and has trained in numerous Asian/ American Martial Art systems earning multiple ranks. After many years in the Asian arts Chris studied under Heavy weight World Champion Kick Boxer Jim Graden, with further influence from the legendary champion Joe Lewis in the Elite Kickboxing System earning another Black Belt.

Martin Noble

Co-Owner of C.O.B.R.A.™ 

Self Defense Bucks County, PA

Martin Noble grew up in Southampton, Bucks County, PA, where he attended William Tennent High School.  He then attended West Chester University in Pennsylvania and went to school for 

Kinesiology which is the science and study of human movement as he wanted to enter a career in the fitness industry.

Martin played sports his whole life with a passion for baseball and football and had a career ending injury in 1995 when he broke his neck.  Not letting his injury slow him down in 2000 Martin started experimenting with mixed martial arts. He first started with jujitsu and then eventually started training in striking styles from Muay Thai, Boxing, and  Kickboxing.

For over 15 plus years, Martin has trained in many different gyms throughout the Philadelphia area. A few off those include Daddis Fight Camps in Philadelphia, owned by Brad Daddis, Cool Hearts Muay Thai in Philadelphia with Rigel Balsalmico as Head Coach, Stay Fly Muay Thai in Philadelphia by Justin Greskiewicz, Balance Studios Muay Thai in Philadelphia under Phil Miglarese. Balance is where Martin started training/teaching Strength – Conditioning and Muay Thai classes… but he was also a student their.  He worked with the best of the best and some new up and comers came to find that his 20 year old mind was not agreeing with his aged adulthood body.

Monique Dufresne


Monique Dufresne

Co-Owner C.O.B.R.A.™

Self Defense Bucks County, PA

Born and raised in Yardley, PA Monique attended high school at “The Hun School in Princeton" and went to college to study Graphic Design and achieve a degree in Computer Science which she still does today.

My professional career began at the age of 22 as an insurance agent before becoming a mother to three awesome daughters and one step son. Insurance is also like self defense, we insure our homes and cars, and C.O.B.R.A.™ is insuring our loved ones and ourselves.  Like all moms, when I’m not picking up clothes, doing laundry the main thing on my mind is my children’s safety, which is why getting involved C.O.B.R.A. ™ Defense and becoming an owner was such a natural thing for me to do. I trained in Kick Boxing for a few years but quickly learned that punching a bag will not save me in a real life situation.  C.O.B.R.A.™ was the only thing that could help me prepare for this type of situation and I quickly feel in love with the program.  Of course I still worry about my children when they walk out the door but I am also reassured that I have done everything in my power to teach them how to stay safe in a world that gets increasingly dangerous every day.

Monique’s role in C.O.B.R.A.™ Self Defense, Bucks County is more of the behind the scenes.  Although she is also a fully certified instructor, she does more of the day to day office work, and meets with clients prospective clients to set up classes.  She does help Martin instruct the classes but is more there for demonstrations, and helps to facilitate the classes.