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The Urban Survival Craft Project started during the summer of 2011 in part because of a neighborhood wide power failure. We were teaching a self-defense class and suddenly found ourselves in the dark. Naturally training continued and we took advantage of the circumstances to train our low light skills. A great training opportunity for sure!

The conversation after class was even more eye opening. Our students expressed a great concern over the fragility of the grid and other infrastructure we so desperately depend on. After some comments were made  regarding experiences during the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew the group suggested that a course covering skills useful in those circumstances would be very well received.

We consulted with and hired several experts to come teach a variety of subjects related to urban and not so urban survival. We quickly became aware that no one person could hold all the answers we needed and that in order to truly make this a reality we needed to assemble a team of experts working cohesively towards one vision. To those means we regularly host experts in different fields or with different view points on a subject to come and give seminars and workshops in order to provide ourselves and students the maximum skills available to overcome and adapt to any situation.

We want our students to learn from experts and each other in a friendly environment. No matter what level of training you have received in the past, from novice to “expert” you come to Urban Survival Craft to learn and share so that everyone benefits.

Knowing that it is not enough to simply take a class and hope to retain everything presented, we created a monthly club meeting in which we practice and hone skills learned in seminars ,courses and workshops to ensure retention of information and help each other to perfect skills.

Additionally, students are encouraged to revisit classes they have already taken, usually no additional charge, to make sure they have retained the skills and also because sometimes we make additions or alterations as new and more innovative skills are learned.

Our goal is to equip our students with the skills to be self reliant during uncertain and austere times  in urban and not so urban areas.

About Us

Tony Torre

  Tony is one of those rare individuals who not only knows lots of things and has lots of life experience but is able to teach usually difficult concepts in simple and easy to learn ways. He’s been a bail bondsman for the last 15 years with lots of field experience in surveillance and fugitive recovery. As a former chief instructor with (OPS) Options For Personal Security one the countries premier tactical training schools through out the 90’s and early 2000’s. AS well as instructor with Praetorian Worldwide Inc. and Common Sense Self-Defense/Street Combat (CSSDSC) Tony has been teaching members of law enforcement, and private security  in a variety of courses related to firearms and defensive tactics, for more than 20 years.

A Lakam Anim (6th degree black belt) in the Filipino martial art of Arnis. (For a full martial arts training resume go to or click link below).

 An outdoor adventure enthusiast & eternal student Tony is also a practitioner of and certified consultant for (PB-CAM) Plant Based Health Complimentary Medicine. American Safety and Health Institute Certified instructor teaching First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, CPR  and a published author (Paladin Press). However,  his proudest achievement’s,  are being a father and a husband.

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Mark Barros

 Mark has been involved in the security industry for more than 30 years in technology systems, personnel security, design, management, integration, and installation.  Since 2001 his company Pinnacle Security & Tech has been on the cutting edge of electronic security and smart building technology. (for more info on his company go to or click link below).

 He is an active member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary for the past 18 years. He has received hundreds of hours of training from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary in various topics of homeland security, domestic and international terrorism, domestics and international regulations, maritime domain awareness, port security operations, marine safety, and search and rescue.   In 2004, he was part of a team that developed and implemented domestic Maritime Domain Awareness programs and has trained with the Unified Response to Terrorism task force and FEMA. Through his work on the predecessor to the America’s Waterway Watch (Operation “On Guard”), he worked with active duty personnel and other U.S. federal law enforcement agencies on the development of intelligence that lead to multiple terrorism arrests in South Florida and New York City. Mr. Barros has received various Coast Guard commendations for work done in Maritime Safety, Security, and Search and Rescue operations.

 In addition to his vast experience in Security, Mark is an NRA certified firearms instructor with credentials in many disciplines and a wide array of knowledge of firearm related activities. He participates in competitive shooting and often volunteers in the instruction of firearm safety and awareness for children and families. An avid outdoorsman, he has worked as a certified rescue diver and assistant instructor.  He is a certified instructor for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary teaching  a wide variety of boating, navigation and safety skills and an American Safety and Health Institute Certified instructor teaching First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, and  CPR  to Corporate and Private clients/responders.