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My name is Jess and I am a NASM  Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach, Assisted Stretch Provider AND a COBRA Certified Self-Defense Instructor.  YEP!  All those things! 

I stay quite busy running J FIT and bringing my passion of total body health and wellness to my clients.

As a woman in her 40's, I understand the frustration that can come with trying to lose weight while battling hormone changes and menopause, not to mention juggling a busy schedule: family, work, kids, etc.  That's why I firmly believe in the J FIT motto; Find Your Fit.  Everyone has different needs, desires and strategies that work for them, so why settle for a "one size fits all" approach?  Let me help you find your fit! Grab a free week of fitness here.  I know you'll love it!


Along with my passion for overall health, I am committed to bringing real-life safety and self-defense skills to people of all ages.  Would you know how to protect yourself against someone bigger and stronger?  Do you carry a weapon for protection?  Are you familiar with soft-target body parts and how to strike them effectively?  These are just a few topics covered in my COBRA classes (depending on the age group).  EVERYONE should have the skills needed to stay safe at all times. 


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FAQs - C.O.B.R.A. Self-Defense

Is COBRA Self-Defense different than Krav Maga?

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 Law Enforcement Officer and martial arts school owner. COBRA Self Defense and Krav Maga are viewed by many as the top of the 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” translates 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. 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 and on-duty patrol activities. In contrast, a military soldier may never have a physical engagement, so the majority of what is learned is in the classroom, not the field of battle or the streets.

How do I assess a Self-Defense Program?

The average person spends very little time in their life reviewing self-defense or martial arts programs. You may buy in to a program that has no basis in real world self-defense because “you don’t know what you don’t know”.
Here are 3 red flags that a program may not be reality based.
1. They do pre-rehearsed self-defense demos. For instance, they’ll have a woman being attacked and as she kicks and punches the attackers, they drop like flies all around her.
COBRA Self-Defense never does pre-rehearsed demos. We will pull someone from the audience who we may have never met to help illustrate the reality of the point we’re trying to make.
2. They demonstrate a child kicking and punching an adult male until he drops, defeated. This will never happen.
Kids can’t fight their way out of the grasp of a determined adult criminal the way most people think.
3. The demonstrating attacker holds his or her punch out and stands still while the defense is being executed.
In the martial arts, this is called “One Step Sparring” and it is often passed off as self-defense. It is not.

What IS COBRA Self-Defense?

The COBRA system is truly one of a kind. COBRA uses a variety of teaching formats to help students learn self-defense fast.
Our law enforcement skill sets are the same as taught in the Police Academy, so you know that they are tried and true.

Is COBRA Self-Defense a martial art like Tae Kwon Do or Karate?

COBRA Self Defense is NOT a martial art. The martial arts tend to approach training with the goal of teaching a long-term, complex system.
On the other hand, COBRA prepares students to be able to handle multiple types of real-world criminal encounters. It’s not a sport, game, competition, or traditional martial art.
While that can be valuable training, it leaves little time and focus on realistic self-defense.
COBRA Self-Defense is 100% realistic Law Enforcement-based self-defense. There is no bowing, belts, or ritual. Just learning.

Do I need to be in good shape or have experience?

No. you do not have to be fit or have any previous experience. COBRA Self-Defense only requires that you have a desire to learn.

What is the cost of COBRA Self-Defense?

Imagine a criminal is holding you at gunpoint, attempted to abduct your child or broke into your home while you slept. What would you pay for him to go away? That is the value of COBRA.
What could you do to make the criminal go away? That is the payoff of COBRA.
Depending on the class you’re interested in, our programs range from $53 – $134 per group class.
Special group programs, like our Real Estate Safety Class, average $500 – $1,500 per event, depending on the specific arrangements.
Private lessons are available at competitive rates.

How long does it take to learn self-defense?

That depends on where you train. If you enroll in a martial arts school, your goals and objectives are not that of a real-world self-defense program. That’s because martial arts schools have lots of traditional requirements, sport skills, techniques, and forms that are not self-defense oriented.
In contrast, COBRA only teaches self-defense, so you can streamline your training in any of our formats.. This is a more effective and efficient way to train.

FAQs - Training & Nutrition

What is your fitness philosophy?

My fitness philosophy is providing clients with programming that is appropriate for their needs, lifestyle, goals, history, and abilities in order to create the greatest chance of success and sustainability. We are each unique and require unique coaching.


Should I train before or after work?

The most important aspect of when to train boils down to one thing; preference.  

What is the best way to lose fat?

A few ways to lose fat are eating the proper amount of calories for your activity level, resistance training at least 3 days per week, getting adequate protein intake, drinking water, and sleeping at least 7 hours per night.

Will lifting weights make me look masculine?

No. Plain and simple. No.

What are good sources of protein?

Lean meats, fish, eggs, beans, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, protein powder

What are good foods and bad foods?

There is no such thing as "bad foods".  Moderation is key when enjoying foods that are processed, have added sugar, added salt, etc.  Bad habits are what we need to stay away from, not bad foods.

Should I take supplements to lose weight and/or gain muscle?

Always consult your physician before starting any type of supplementation.  Unless directed by your doctor, focus on foods that provide the nutrients needed to fulfill your daily requirements. 

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