MATA Podcast Episode 7
Interview with Chris Sutton Part 1
Interview with Chris Sutton, founder of COBRA-Defense explains why it is critical to understand, on a deep level, what the source of any self-defense training is.
Episode 7: What Qualifies an Instructor to Teach Self-Defense
Show Seven–Chris Sutton Interview 1
Heads up that my first question to Chris Sutton may seem rude, but it’s the question you have to ask of anyone professing to teach self-defense.
It’s also the question you have to ask yourself if you are promoting yourself as a self-defense instructor or expert.
Imagine if you are on national TV with millions of people watching. The reporter introduces you as a self-defense expert. He turns to you and asks, “Why should we listen to you?” What would you say?
“Well, I’m a black belt in Karate.” How do you think that would fly? Not far I assure. I asked Chris Sutton because I knew, that without any warning, he would answer the question with the best possible answer.
Teach Like a Pro Tip from John Graden
The Principles of an Authoritative Instructor:
These lessons are straight from the MATA Certification Course at MATACertification.com
This lesson helps instructors retain student’s attention by not over-explaining.
Chris Sutton, COBRA-Defense Founder Interview
Who he learned martial arts from on TV
Learn the difference between a real self-defense lesson and a martial arts self-defense lesson.
What is the best way to reduce the learning curve.
The time that police officer Sutton shot a guy in the head who then shot a child.
Why foul language, embarrassing students, and even hurting them is not necessary in a self-defense class.
How an “attention diversion drill” can make a parent cry watching his or her child.
How to give students instant value and reprogram their mind before they ever learn a physical move.
What is missing from martial arts that COBRA has?
How martial arts respond to the question, “Who are you training your students for?”
How to describe what you offer to prospects
The difference between military and law enforcement training
What is Killer School?
What three brothers have left footprints on Chris’s head?
Why would Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines need active shooter training?