Self Defense for the Real World.

Saving lives since 1981

Modern Warrior® was founded by Phil Messina, NYPD Sgt. (Ret.), and is located at our specially designed self defense training facility in Lindenhurst, New York. 

With humble beginnings in 1981 as a law enforcement training school, with Phil’s garage serving as a dojo, 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.

It gives our students the ability to train under stressful conditions, including rain, snow, fog, high winds, and low level lighting. A realistic elevator, a narrow hallway, and a flight of stairs set the stage for common, real world situations. In 2001, we added a full-sized school bus to our parking lot, complete with airline seats, which allows us to teach students how to fight in confined areas. We’ve devised techniques that are ideal for airline personnel, law enforcement and commuters, just to name a few.

Modern Warrior training is not only highly adaptable, it’s goal oriented.

Based on an extension of Wing Chun Kung Fu (a style practiced by Bruce Lee), the art of Bo Fung Do highlights practical self defense concepts, including learning when, where and how to hit vital target areas of the body in order to maximize damage, without relying solely on causing pain.

Students are taught to adjust to uneven ground, limited vision, and how to win a life or death confrontation in the most efficient way possible – even with an injury. They learn blocking, striking, kicking, grappling, ground fighting, sparring, breaking holds, instinct development, and so much more.

Utilizing foam training devices from Crown Gym Mats, in 2010, we outfitted our Home Invasion Room with foam furniture, including a couch, a full-sized bed, lamps, books, a desk, and other training aids that allow for dynamic, hands-on learning in a safe, matted training area.

As a local business, we’ve made a commitment to give back to our community by providing free training to violent crime victims. To date, we’ve put thousands of women through our FREE Rape Prevention course. We strive to maintain a high instructor to student ratio, while teaching street-proven techniques, conveyed via practical, easy to learn concepts.

Drop by and take a tour – or schedule a convenient time to watch a class. We also offer a free trial class, so you can see for yourself that Modern Warrior training IS Self Defense for the Real World!

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.