Our Lead Instructors are chosen not only for their vast knowledge and expertise, but also for their ability to translate this knowledge to others. They are the developers of our training programs, and are backed up by a solid team of Instructors.
SFC (R) John Wayne Walding spent 12 years in the U. S. Army with 7 of those years being in 3rd Special Forces Group at Ft. Bragg NC. He has combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. During his career at 3rd SFG he worked on ODA 396/3336 as A SF operator and at the Sniper Detachment as a Sniper instructor. His military school experience includes: Special operations Target interdiction course, Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat, 3rd SFG Advance sniper, Special Forces Qualification course, and Airborne and Air assault.
John's awards and badges include: Silver Star, Bronze star, Purple Heart, Combat infantry badge, Airborne air assault and the special forces tab. John participated in numerous battles during his deployments; most famous was the Battle of Shok Valley, which you can read about in the book "No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan" by Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer.
Rigo Durazo is the Director of Combatives for Craft International. He is a Guru in SEACA SYSTEMA (South East Asia Combative Arts SYSTEMA), which is a synthesis of Kali systems and several Silat systems. He has worked in the global security field for over 20 years. He specializes in low signature protection and anti-kidnapping, and has spent a great deal of time as a business liaison into Mexico and Latin America.
Rigo has developed a program that combines ancient technology fusing with modern weaponry. An operator will be able to flow from a firearm to a natural weapon answer (hand) back to a firearm or a bladed weapon. He has spent years translating this information to operators including SWAT officers, Secret Service, DEA, Undercover/ Narcotics officers, Human Trafficking Units, Patrol, and Military personnel.
Mark Lang is the lead instructor and developer of 'Police Sniper Response To A Public Venue'. This course was created out of necessity to provide proactive sniper overwatch to public venues across the county. He is a TCLEOSE Firearms Instructor and an NRA Precision Rifle Instructor. He holds certifications in .50 Cal and Aerial Platform Interdiction from Craft. Mark is an adjunct instructor with the Texas Tactical Police Officers Association teaching a variety of sniper courses. He is a current officer with Dallas Police Department SWAT team, and has performed the duties of a police sniper for the past decade.
Kevin Lacz spent eight years in the US Navy, five years at SEAL Team THREE in Coronado, California. Kevin's deployments to Iraq were with SEAL Team THREE Charlie and Delta Platoons. His career at SEAL Team THREE was spent as a fellow sniper and platoon mate of Chris Kyle. During his career as a SEAL, Kevin worked as a sniper, lead medic, breacher and driver. His military schools include: Naval Hospital Corpsman School, Special Operations Combat Medic School, Special Operations Technician – Dive Med Tech School, US Army Airborne School, Military Free Fall School, Sniper School, SERE School, ATV School, NSW Lead Breacher Course, Rod Hall Tier One Off Road Driving School, European Rally Car Racing School, Battlefield Interrogations Course, Personal Security Training Course, Overland Experts Driving School, Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course, Mid South Shooting Institute, Naval Leadership School, and ITI Offensive/Defensive Driving School. Kevin's military awards include: Bronze Star with "V," two Navy Commendation Medals with "V," three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
Kevin graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut in 2011 with a B.S. in Political Science. He currently attends the Wake Forest University School of Medicine where he is pursuing his Master's in Physician Assistant Studies.
Rich has been a member of a major Texas Police Department for 26 years. After five years in patrol as a Field Training Officer, he was assigned to Special Operations. During his time with Special Operations he worked in the Narcotics Division as an undercover detective for three years before being selected to serve on the SWAT Team. As a member of the SWAT Team for over 16 years, Rich was an Entry Team Leader where he planned and conducted hazardous warrants, hostage rescues and barricaded persons operations. He is a TCLEOSE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education) Firearms Instructor and instructs in Carbine and Pistol, Specialty Impact Munitions (SIMS), Distraction Devices, Chemical Agents and Personal Security Detail (PSD). Rich is currently assigned to the Police Departments Criminal Intelligence-Dignitary Protection Unit.