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
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
Joanne Lombardi: Senior Instructor: Leads Rape Prevention Classes, 4 & 8 Week Female Self Defense Courses
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
Megan Gilroy: Modern Warrior's General Manager, Leads Rape Prevention Classes, Female Self Defense Class, Team Tigress, and also our Wolverinz Class. Megan assists with most of our Saturday & Sunday Night Seminars, and will be leading her first Seminar in March 2014.
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: Senior Instructor
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

Junior Instructors

  • Brian Kandel
  • Chris Squires
  • Christine Zimmerman
  • Frank Politi
  • Gaspar Procida
  • Jim Normile
  • Jimmy Eng
  • Joe Bianchi
  • Ken Johnson
  • Kyle Johnson
  • Megan Gilroy
  • Mickey Allen (all the way from Connecticut!)
  • Salvatore Hanusiewicz

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