Orlando, FL–At Unity Martial Arts in Orlando, we teach COBRA Self-Defense and Krav Maga. Many people ask us “What’s the difference between krav maga and COBRA-Self-Defense?”
COBRA Self-Defense and Krav Maga Compared
COBRA Self-Defense and Krav Maga are viewed by many as the top of the self-defense training list, which is why this question comes up so often.
Either one can serve you well provided the instructors are highly trained and qualified, but there are some differences.
It’s helpful to understand that the words, “krav maga” translate to “contact combat” in Hebrew. So, any contact combat system can be described as Krav Maga.
Generally speaking, Krav Maga evolved from the 1950s as a system developed for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). There are distinctions between COBRA and Krav but for the average person, it boils down to this: Police officers physically engage criminals on a daily basis.
This means what works and what doesn’t work gets filtered through in real-time.
Our self-defense system is called, COBRA-Self-Defense. COBRA was developed from real-life Law Enforcement training and field experience. COBRA Self-Defense was created in 2002 by Chris Sutton. He literally created the system in his squad car between calls while simultaneously working as a full-time Police Officer and martial arts school owner.
Law Enforcement agencies continually enhance their skills and training based on what is most effective in real-world situations against criminals of all types.
COBRA Self-Defense continually upgrades and enhances its curriculum by attending and participating in Law Enforcement field training events such as active shooter response plans and on-duty patrol activities