The Best Self-Defense Training in Tampa Bay

Master Instructor John Graden teaches the COBRA Self-Defense System. COBRA is unique because the curriculum is straight out of the police academy. That makes it is easy to learn and highly effective.

No experience is required and we train people of all ages and backgrounds.

From private families, and clients to major corporations and organizations, John Graden has been teaching martial arts and self-defense in the Tampa Bay area for over 40-years.

The Truth About Self-Defense for Kids

Parents, here are several facts that we do not like to admit are true but we cannot deny:

1. Most attackers will not be hurt by simple kicks or punches from children.

2. Children are soft targets and easy prey.

3. Self-defense courses are not required during general or higher education/schooling. (However, Art & Home Economics are.)

4. Cell phones are useless in saving a child. 99% of victims cannot retrieve and/or complete a call during a dangerous situation.

This is why our children’s program is 90% mental strategies to recognize, avoid, and deal with potentially dangerous situations.

By using role play and scenario repetition, we install a strong sense of self-awareness, assertiveness, and self-confidence that empowers children to stand up for themselves or exit a situation without hesitation.

COBRA-Defense Workshops

Here are the topics of our most popular programs. Each program can be customized for length and format. For instance, a  CAP workshop can be 60-minutes or 4-hours depending on the needs of the group or individual.


Children Abduction Prevention (CAP)

Children are the softest of targets. They don’t have the power to fight a bad guy.

While most programs use fear to teach, our program is interactive and exciting for the children.

For the parents, it’s an empowering experience that they universally state should be taught in every school.

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Self-Defense for Young Adults

Moving from home to college is one of the most dangerous transitions in young adults’ life.

They are inexperienced in the real-world and bad guys know that. That’s why young adults, particularly young females are targeted.

From controlling “party social” encounters to reducing their exposure as soft targets, our class teaches how to navigate the dangerous waters of young adulthood.

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How to Stop a Bully Without Violence or Confrontation

Bullying is just like a fire in your home. If you do not deal with it quickly, it grows and consumes your family.

Bullying is not going away so our anti-bully program shows families how to recognize, avoid, and deal with bullies at school, work, and online. In this program, you will learn a “real-world” approach to dealing with bullies.

This program will not “Bully-Proof” your child. Anyone can be bullied. We will make your child bully-resistant.

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Active Shooter Response Training

Once an active shooter pulls the trigger, it takes 7–15-minutes for law enforcement to arrive after the first 911 call goes out.

In that time, you must make critical life and death decisions. You are your own first responder.

In our active shooter workshop, you will learn the answers to those critical decisions.

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Real Estate Agent Safety

Real Estate agents meet strangers in empty properties.

This creates a scenario where bad guys can literally make an appointment to attack you.

We do not try to make you a karate expert in 90-minutes. Instead, we provide you with strategies and tactics that will prevent an attack from ever happening.

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Training for Security Professionals

This program is for protection specialists including Law Enforcement, Security Guards,  Probation and Parole Officers.

Security professionals face a higher level of review and scrutiny after a physical incident than the average civilian.

We help you to reduce that risk while staying safe from harm.

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Adult Self-Defense

A lot of people will not take a self-defense course because they think it’s too hard or they don’t have enough experience. COBRA™ was created with that in mind. That’s why we make it easy and exciting to learn.

Because anyone can be targeted by an attacker, everyone deserves the ability to improve their defenses.

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Children’s Self-Defense

In addition to our Anti-Bully Plan and Children’s Abduction Prevention (CAP) Seminar, we offer a general Children’s Self-Defense Mini-Academy.

Our program comes from many years of study and training — along with a dose or two of common sense — to create the ultimate in child safety and self-defense.

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Private Training

Executives, politicians, celebrities, athletes and other high profile citizens are obvious crime targets because of their wealth.

For these families, privacy is difficult in a standard training class. This is why our Elite Training private course was developed. 

While bodyguards and security are helpful, it’s always wise to make sure each family member is trained in case they have to be their own bodyguard.

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Real Estate Self-Defense Seminar

Self-Defense Academy

Self-Defense Academy

Children's Self-Defense Seminar

Sample Academy Options

In addition to the examples below, programs can be formatted for a 60-90-minute workshop and/or private one-on-one training.

Full Academy–10 Weeks

Half Academy–One 8-hour Day

Mini Academy–One 4-hour Day

“Mike Vaughn is a proven leader and excellent instructor.”

Rick Wakeman

“This was an eye opening workshop. I was stunned at the life-saving options during such a horrific event.”

Sarah Squire

“Why isn’t this standard in every school? Great class!”

Steven Durnham

Book a FREE Power Self-Defense Demo

In this exciting Power Self-Defense Demo your group will learn:

1. How to de-escalate a potentially deadly encounter.
2. Learn what bad guys want and how they think.
3. Learn the secret formula that gives bad guys the advantage.
4. How to look like a hard target rather than a soft target.
5. How to respond to an active shooter.
6. How to prevent the abduction of children and adults.
7. How to deal with a bully.
8. How to strike with deadly force no matter your size.
9. The common myths of self-defense.
10. Why when self-defense is a must, no other skill set will do.
11. Understanding criminal intent.
12. How to quickly determine what the criminal really wants and why this is crucial.

This no-cost class will increase your self-defense IQ 100% and the concepts will be applicable immediately.

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Contact us for information on a Power Demo for your group or our training programs.

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