Our Mission:

To provide the most realistic and practical life-saving self defense training possible, which enables military, law enforcement, and law-abiding citizens to defend themselves against multiple assailants and other threats.

(631) 226-8383

711 North Wellwood Ave
Lindenhurst, NY 11757



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About The Instructors

The Modern Warrior Instructor Staff currently consists of many different people with various areas of expertise. We have a very diverse, dedicated, motivated group of instructors. This is one of the things that people like best about Modern Warrior.

Our staff consists of different types, as well as different levels of instructors. They may be certified in Police Defensive Tactics Programs, teach Female Self Defense Courses or our Bo Fung Do and/or Silverbacks weekly martial arts programs.

Some of MW's awesome Instructors

Phil Messina: The Big Guy: President and Founder of Modern Warrior
Barry Culpepper: " The Moose" Barry is Phil's very first Black Belt
Andrew Copertino: Senior Instructor, NYPD, (Ret): Private Investigator; Leads weekly Bo Fung Do Martial Arts Classes
Vince Spakowski: Senior Instructor, Leads weekly Bo Fung Do Martial Arts Classes and Silverbacks Self Defense Classes for Seniors
Phil Medina: Senior Instructor: Leads weekly Bo Fung Do Martial Arts Classes
Mickey Allen: Senior Instructor: Leads weekly Bo Fung Do classes, Rape Prevention Classes, teaches or assists with Law Enforcement classes on Long Island and throughout the country, and leads many seminars throughout the year. Mickey is also an NRA Firearms instructor.
Marvin German: Senior Instructor: Leads weekly Bo Fung Do Martial Arts Classes and Saturday Night Seminars, such as Offensive Knife and Tai Chi. Formerly with the US Air Force, he is a certified Modern Warrior PDT trainer, certified Executive Protector and certified Fitness Trainer. Marvin also holds a Black Belt in another form of Kung Fu.
Rob Coffman: (SCPD), Senior Instructor: Leads weekly Bo Fung Do Martial Arts Classes, assists with Modern Warrior's 8 Week Police Defensive Tactics Courses, as well as 2, 3 & 5 Day Law Enforcement Courses, leads Saturday Night Seminars, such as Gun Defense
Holly Acker: With Modern Warrior since the Spring of 2012, she is the current General Manager. In addition to keeping Modern Warrior running smoothly and her training in the Bo Fung Do program, she also leads Wolverinz youth self defense classes, and assists with multi-week Female Self Defense Courses and the Rape Prevention Classes.
Kevin Murtha: Senior Instructor
Jim Seifert: Senior Instructor
Andrew Spencer: Senior Instructor: Leads weekly Bo Fung Do Martial Arts Classes
Meg Allstadt: Senior Instructor: Leads weekly Bo Fung Do Martial Arts Classes, Rape Prevention Classes
Dawn Lyons: (NYPD) Senior Instructor: leads weekly Bo Fung Do Martial Arts Classes
Donna Schwartz: Senior Instructor: Leads Rape Prevention Classes, 4 & 8 Week Female Self Defense Courses
Jess Reilly: Senior Instructor: Leads Rape Prevention Classes, 4 & 8 Week Female Self Defense Courses
Arthur Moody: Senior Instructor: Supervises weekly Silverbacks Self Defense Classes for Seniors
Dan Shook: (NYPD), Senior Instructor: Leads weekly Bo Fung Do Martial Arts Classes
Mark Jurek: Assists with a variety of Bo Fung Do classes
Jim Mooers: Senior Instructor: Leads weekly Tai Chi classes, and also regularly teaches the Junior Wolverinz classes
Jimmy Normile, Sr.: (NYPD) Junior Instructor: Leads many Wolverinz Youth Self Defense classes
Jeremy Kostolni: (NYPD) Currently testing for his Black Belt in Bo Fung Do, Jeremy both leads and assists with many of the Bo Fung Do classes
Jamie Scotto: Leads most of our Rape Prevention Classes and often leads or assists with our Multi-Week Female Self Defense Courses
Joe Bianchi: (PAPD) Junior Instructor: Assists with Bo Fung Do classes
Phil Badome: Junior Instructor: Assists with many of the Modern Warrior Bo Fung Do classes
Guy Dicosola: Junior Instructor: Assists with Wolverinz Youth Self Defense classes as well as Bo Fung Do classes
Jeremy Poland: Junior Instructor: Assists with Bo Fung Do classes as well as a variety of seminars
Brian Baumer: Junior Instructor: Assists with Multi-Week Female Self Defense Classes, and always willing to suit-up in full gear as a "bad guy" so women in the multi-week programs can put their newly learned skills to the test!
Lauren D.: The only Modern Warrior Wolverine to get her Wolverinz Black Belt! "Matriarch" Lauren regularly assists with Wolverinz classes
Anthony.: A student in our Wolverinz program, Anthony can certainly be called the "Patriarch" of the program. He regularly assists the lead instructors during Wolverinz classes

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