Tactical Operations Specialist

James Urban

CEO / Chief Instructor

CEO / Chief Instructor James Urban has over 25 years of combined experience in personal protection, high-risk private and corporate security, executive protection, conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation. Including over 10 years working in a covert capacity for a multi-national conglomerate.   

 James also offers consulting services for personal and corporate security, loss prevention, counter-corporate espionage, and threat assessment. James provides a wide array of training, to include: hand-to hand- combat techniques, gleaned from over a dozen martial arts disciplines, weapon retention and disarming techniques, tactical knife, tomahawk and baton, offensive and defensive tactics,  response team tactics, room clearing, hostage escape techniques, hand cuffing and transporter techniques, situational awareness training, lie detection and interrogation techniques, executive protection and threat assessment training, and woman’s self-defense. With over 30 years in Martial Arts and Tactical training.

Due to the nature of the business and non-disclosure agreements, Urban cannot reveal all of the individuals, dignitaries and corporations he has worked for or in what capacity he has offered services.

Jay Stratton

Urban Tactical Senior Instructor and VP Jay Stratton has over 16 years experience as a Tactical Medic and US Army Paratrooper. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division out of Ft. Bragg, NC as a combat medic and has multiple deployments in the Middle East and Africa earning him the Combat Medic Badge for performing medical duties while engaged in hostile enemy contact. He is a Florida registered Paramedic as well as a US Army Master Fitness Trainer. He has been to many schools such as France's Desert Commando School, US Army Airborne School, Operational Emergency Medical Skills, US Army Master Fitness Course, Emergency Medical Technician - Tactical, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Burn Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and International Life Support and is a Nationally Certified Medical Office Manger. He is a member of and trained in FCS Kali, as well as in Muay Thai, BJJ, Boxing, Weapons Disarms, Executive Protection, and CQB. 

Cordarro "Cord" Harper

 Urban Tactical Instructor Cordarro “Cord” Harper served as an US Army as a Combat Medic for 11 years.  Cord has multiple deployments to Iraq with the 82nd ABN Division and served in South Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division. Cord is a Master Rated Jumpmaster, Cord has earned the coveted Expert Field Medical badge and the Combat Action Badge

  • Cord is a Certified Special Operations and Level 4 Modern Army Combative instructor and certified medical and firearms instructor training military special operations and lifesaving skills to civilians. Cord also has over 14 years martial arts experience in Taekwondo, Brazilian Jujitsu, Kali and MMA fighter​

Michael McCook


Instructor Mike McCook has 9 years of military experience as an Infantryman. Mike has 2 deployments to the middle-east. Mike has 3 years as a Senior Sniper and 2 years as a Sniper Section Leader/Sniper Employment Officer Mike also has 3 years as a Basic Leader Course and Advanced Infantryman Leader Course Instructor. Courses Mike has attended include US Army Sniper School, Air Assault School, Expert Infantryman Course, French Desert Commando Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Small Group Instructor Training Course, Combat Medic School, Combat Controller Drop Zone Safety Officer Course, Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship and many more.

Ben Zaharias

Urban Tactical Instructor Ben Zaharias has been training in the martial arts for 32+ years.  He has trained in various arts from multiple countries and disciplines. 

FCS Manong - 2/11/2013

Urban Tactical - Instructor 5/17/2014

Krav Maga Street Defense - Basic Instructor 2/17/2015

Tae Kwon Do - Black Belt 3/09/1991

ALICE instructor - 4/26/2017

NRA pistol instructor - 12/13/2017

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