How long has Modern Warrior been in business?

Founded in 1981 by Phil Messina, NYPD Sgt. (Ret.), the school was originally founded as a law enforcement training facility, specializing in Police Defensive Tactics. With Phil’s garage serving as a training space, Modern Warrior quickly expanded to include martial arts training. In 1986, we moved to our present location. In 1988, we expanded again, and in 1992, we purchased additional space in our current building, in order to create the world’s first Outdoor Environmental Simulator Room. Visit our homepage for a more in depth history of the school.


What is Bo Fung Do?

Bo Fung Do (the way of the sudden storm) is the art of multiple opponent combat. It is an extension of a Kung Fu fighting style known as Wing Chun. A practical and efficient approach with a high instructor to student ratio allows each student to develop a total awareness of the mind and body functioning as one, quickly learning to recognize, exploit, and react to the weaknesses inherent in different styles of combat. Because this training is specifically geared toward life or death situations, it is especially useful for those in law enforcement, and is not suited for tournaments.

A highly adaptable art, Bo Fung Do is ideal for people of all ages, heights and abilities.


What does the logo mean?

Wing Chun is a Kung Fu system developed by a Chinese nun, and named after the young woman who was the first student of the art. Her name, Yim Wing Chun, means "Beautiful Springtime." This is why we use the symbol of the rose. Our application of the Wing Chun System is known as Bo Fung Do, which means "the Way of the Sudden Storm." This is why we use the symbol of the lightning. The yin and yang (the circle with the dark and light halves) is the symbol of all Kung Fu, which means that for everything there is an opposite: for darkness there is light, for evil there is good, for man, woman, etc. Each part of the universe is balanced by its equal and opposite.

When you put it all together, you notice that the rose, although beautiful, can also be dangerous. Lightning, although dangerous, can also be beautiful. If you have ever seen one of our students sparring against multiple opponents, you have seen this in action; their constant fluid motion is like the calm in the middle of the storm. It is a very balanced logo - meaningful to our students, and symbolic of our art.


What are Weekend Workshops?

They’re opportunities for you to get an intense, three or four bursts of training in a specific topic, including:

  • Gun Defense

  • Knife Defense

  • School Shark Student Safety Basic/Instructor Course

  • Assailant on Top/Tactical Groundfighting

  • Flashlight Key Chain Self Defense

  • Stairways, Hallways & Doorways

  • Confined Area Safety & Survival Tactics

Classes are held on selected Saturday and Sunday afternoons or evenings. Check out the list of upcoming classes here!


Do you do off site training classes?

Yes! We have done classes for Girl Scouts, victims advocate groups, hospitals, churches, synagogues and so many more. We’ll work with you on a customized class, tailored to your specific needs. Get in touch at 631-226-8383 or via our Contact page.


Do students wear uniforms during training?

We aren’t a uniform school. Our Wolverinz kids wear a branded t-shirt, and occasionally, their beanie to classes. Adult Bo Fung Do martial arts and Silverbacks Seniors students wear street clothes and comfortable, closed-toe shoes.


Do I need to be in top physical shape to train at Modern Warrior?

Since we focus on real world self defense, and we don’t train for sport or competition, our techniques rely on timing, as well as affecting vision, wind and limbs, rather than overpowering someone, or being reliant on causing pain, to be effective. Our techniques are highly adaptable to work efficiently for all body types, no matter your shape, size or height!


How much are classes?

You can find information on Modern Warrior classes, including costs, on our Martial Arts page. Get in touch at 631-226-8383 or via our Contact page to set up a tour of our uniquely designed training facility.


Can I take a free trial class?

No, but you can take TWO FREE TRIAL CLASSES! Get in touch at 631-226-8383 or via our Contact page to set up a date in advance.


Do you sell Modern Warrior t-shirts?

Yes! We stock a number of different styles and sizes at the school and you can also order t-shirts and other items from our Cafe Press online store, called The Warrior Spot.


How can I get a copy of Warrior 101: A Handbook for the Modern Warrior?

Infuse each day with wisdom! This book, written by Phil Messina over many years, will transform your mindset from sheep to sheepdog.

Intended to be read and meditated upon, one page per day for 101 days, each entry ends with an affirmation so the reader will begin to own the concepts. It makes a great gift for the warriors in your life (military, law enforcement officers, nurses, teachers, etc.) anyone who is out there in the trenches, banding together in spirit and integrity to combat corruption in a polarized, demoralized and apathetic world. Includes a foreword by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman.


What are your office hours?

  • Sunday: closed

  • Monday: closed

  • Tuesday: 4 pm - 10 pm

  • Wednesday: 10 am - 4 pm

  • Thursday: 4 pm - 10 pm

  • Friday: 10 am - 4 pm

  • Saturday: 8 am - 2 pm


Still have questions?

Get in touch at 631-226-8383 or via our Contact page. :)