Craft International's Combative Program- Tacflow™ is taught by Maha Guru Rigo Durazo, Craft International-Director of Combative Programs.
Rigo Durazo has had an extensive career in the martial/combative arts, and personal protective details globally. He specializes in low signature solutions. Since 2001, he has worked with military and law enforcement special operations teams around the nation and abroad developing and translating combative technology in the CQC environment.
Tacflow™ tactically-flowing through a CQC environment utilizing all levels of force from carbine to hand-to-hand solutions. It is the blending of the old technologies of Kali and Silat (Filipino, Indonesian and Malaysian bladed and empty hand combatives) with the weapons that law enforcement and military find themselves fighting with today.
The "technology" that is taught is strictly for LE, MIL and DOD personnel only, as stipulated by head instructor Rigo Durazo and at the request of many of the individuals and groups he teaches.
Courses cover combatives in the close quarters environment with a straight to penetrate mentality to end the engagement by creating time, distance and opportunity to maintain the tactical flow.
Through drills that easily translate from the students pre-existing shooting and movement skills, the student will be able to effectively learn how to move better in the "hands on" engagement.
Rigo Durazo and his MIL/LE "student-instructors" have spent hundreds of hours learning, training, developing and refining the Tacflow™ Program. This has been inclusive of range training time, force-on-force scenarios with use of Simunition, integration of the "team combative" concept in the CQB environment, and combative application in the dignitary protection setting.
Tacflow™ searches for similarities in the coding process of technologies. Your knife defensive tactics should be using the same basic fundamentals as open hand, rifle and other technologies. Courses compliment each other and help the student's ability to ingrain the information. We code the system to create proper fundamentals. We design all courses based on the shooters perspective. We help each student understand that technologies fail and they must allow for transitions to succeed. Tacflow™ utilizes the science of learning and coding. We help students understand line guide feeding of information. We help them learn through hearing. We build patterns based on contact, rhythm and sound. We also modify the lesson plan around the student. We recognize that each participant may have some limitations physically. We must address those limitations and build around it.
In 2009 Rigo Durazo was introduced through his MIL/LE students in the community, to then Chief Chris Kyle, USN/SEAL. Chris Kyle was the President of Craft International and author of New York Times bestselling book, American Sniper-The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.
Upon recognizing a true combative technology that could benefit the military and law enforcement, that taught "real " violence, and not as sport application, Chief Kyle and Mark Spicer invited Rigo Durazo to join Craft International that had just been formed, inclusive of some of the most highly qualified experts/operators in their respective crafts.
Today Rigo Durazo oversees all of Craft International's Combative Program offerings and curriculum, serves as a member of Craft International's Protective Security Detail, and continues to teach, learn, and train.
He is often consulted to review existing agency combative/defensive tactics programs, and is sought after by military and law enforcement agencies for his signature Craft International Combative Level I-Transition to Firearm™ course; that teaches operators how to create time/distance/and opportunity to retain/employ/or re-employ the firearm in the lethal hands on engagement.