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.
John is the founder of Five Toes Customs, where he helps combat wouded vets and gives back to charity by building handcrafted precision rifles.
Rigo Durazo is the Director of Close Quarter Training for Craft International, and the founder of TACFLOW the CQC progam used by Craft. He has been a Lead Instructor for Craft since it's inception in 2009, and has taught over 100 agencies in the last 5 years. Rigo has a unique background with over 20 years experience in the global security field, specializing in low signature protection in some of the most remote regions of the world. He worked as a business liaison into Mexico and Latin America as a security and anti-kidnapping specialist.
TACFLOW™ was developed as a collaboration of ancient technology fusing or flowing with modern weaponry. Rigo has spent years translating this information to operators including SWAT officers, Secret Service, DEA, Undercover/ Narcotics officers, Human Trafficking Units, Patrol, and Military personnel.
Today Rigo Durazo oversees all of Craft International's Combative Trainig Program offerings and curriculum, is the founder of Tacflow Academy™ and serves as a member of Craft International's Protective Security Detail. He is the senior instructor for SEACA SYSTEMA (South East Asia Combative Arts SYSTEMA) a synthesis of Kali systems and several Silat systems. His earned title is Maha Guru Durazo which was granted by Grand Master "Manu" Gardea. He teaches using the SEACA SYSTEMA philosophies and methods.
Mark Lang is the lead instructor and developer of 'Police Sniper Response To A Public Venue™'. This course was created to fill the gap that exists at sporting venues across the world that have minimum security and that could be the target for attack by domestic or international terrorists. Along with his co instructors he has established a standard to which Police Snipers and their teams should operate within to proactively respond to threats at public venues. He is a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Firearms Instructor and an NRA Precision Rifle Instructor. Mark specializes in teaching nontraditional sniper courses for Craft and is an Aerial Platform and .50 Cal Instructor. He is also an adjunct instructor with the Texas Tactical Police Officers Association. He is a current officer with Dallas Police Department SWAT team, and has performed the duties of a police sniper for nearly 15 years.
Randy DeHay started his 9 year military career with the 82nd airborne where he served as a scout sniper in his first deployment to Afghanistan. Soon after he joined 7th SFG serving as a SF operator and sniper on ODA 782 completing numerous combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. His military school experience includes: US Army Sniper School, Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques, Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat, Special Forces Qualification Course, Airborne, and US Army Ranger School.
As a Special Forces Weapons Sgt. (18B), Randy has a broad range of teaching experience in both the military and private sector. From uneducated illiterate indigenous forces, to special operations personnel, to civilians who are just beginning, and up to elite Police SWAT units.
Tony is a former U.S. Army Green Beret with deployments in support of recent campaigns. Tony has participated in many capacities as an individual operator, team member, team leader, and then teacher due to his exceptional understanding of the unique skill-sets and his proven abilities. Tony is an experienced weapons instructor and enjoys writing new curriculums and training clients in needed solutions. Tony also develops and teaches programs for civilians to help protect themselves and valued assets.