Barry (Mooseface) Culpepper : a big man, with an even bigger heart. The roots of Modern Warrior stretch waaay back to 1981, when Barry encouraged Phil to open the school.  We still haven't figured out whether it was a stroke of genius - or if he just got tired of being the only one Phil got to beat up.  Either way, he was Phil's first official student, and he's never left. (We've tried to get rid of him, but he keeps coming back.) A dedicated friend, and a superior martial artist, having earned his black belt in 1985, Barry has assisted with countless classes over the years.

Barry (Mooseface) Culpepper: a big man, with an even bigger heart. The roots of Modern Warrior stretch waaay back to 1981, when Barry encouraged Phil to open the school.

We still haven't figured out whether it was a stroke of genius - or if he just got tired of being the only one Phil got to beat up.

Either way, he was Phil's first official student, and he's never left. (We've tried to get rid of him, but he keeps coming back.) A dedicated friend, and a superior martial artist, having earned his black belt in 1985, Barry has assisted with countless classes over the years.

Andy Copertino  first walked through the door of Modern Warrior in August 1987, and earned his black belt in 1994.  He has been a mainstay at the school ever since, instructing weekly Bo Fung Do martial arts classes and leading various Weekend Workshops, as well as our daylong intensive retreat at Bethpage State Park.  An  NYPD  Detective (Ret.), Andy credits his training at Modern Warrior with helping him throughout his career "...on many occasions. If not for this art, I would not be walking this earth, and my kids would not have been born."

Andy Copertino first walked through the door of Modern Warrior in August 1987, and earned his black belt in 1994.

He has been a mainstay at the school ever since, instructing weekly Bo Fung Do martial arts classes and leading various Weekend Workshops, as well as our daylong intensive retreat at Bethpage State Park.

An NYPD Detective (Ret.), Andy credits his training at Modern Warrior with helping him throughout his career "...on many occasions. If not for this art, I would not be walking this earth, and my kids would not have been born."

Marvin German  earned his black belt in 2004. He leads Weekend Workshops at Modern Warrior, including Offensive Knife and Tai Chi.  A United States Air Force veteran, he is a certified Modern Warrior Police Defensive Tactics trainer, certified Executive Protector and certified Fitness Trainer.  Marvin holds black belts in various other martial arts styles, along with several certifications in performance training, utilizing his experiences to develop athletic programs to help injured athletes returning to the field.

Marvin German earned his black belt in 2004. He leads Weekend Workshops at Modern Warrior, including Offensive Knife and Tai Chi.

A United States Air Force veteran, he is a certified Modern Warrior Police Defensive Tactics trainer, certified Executive Protector and certified Fitness Trainer.

Marvin holds black belts in various other martial arts styles, along with several certifications in performance training, utilizing his experiences to develop athletic programs to help injured athletes returning to the field.

Vinny "Whatever the Case" Spakowski  joined Modern Warrior in 1995, and earned his black belt in 2005. For a decade, he has been lead instructor for our Silverbacks program. Having assisted with martial arts classes, Police Defensive Tactics and Female Self Defense courses, he says suiting up as a bad guy is "one heck of an experience!"  A prominent training memory for him is having stayed up with his classmates for 72 straight hours of intense training at Kung Fu Weekend.  Vin in a nutshell: a 40 year marriage, two children, two grandchildren…and an array of suits that are the envy of Long Island.

Vinny "Whatever the Case" Spakowski joined Modern Warrior in 1995, and earned his black belt in 2005. For a decade, he has been lead instructor for our Silverbacks program. Having assisted with martial arts classes, Police Defensive Tactics and Female Self Defense courses, he says suiting up as a bad guy is "one heck of an experience!"

A prominent training memory for him is having stayed up with his classmates for 72 straight hours of intense training at Kung Fu Weekend.

Vin in a nutshell: a 40 year marriage, two children, two grandchildren…and an array of suits that are the envy of Long Island.

Rob Coffman  Coming in to the school via the Police Defensive Tactics program in 1994, Rob then joined the Bo Fung Do martial arts program, and earned his black belt in 2006. He has continued to assist, and instruct, various law enforcement courses at Modern Warrior since then.  A member of the Suffolk County Police Department, Rob has acted as an assistant trainer for off-site Modern Warrior law enforcement training courses, alongside Phil Messina, at multiple police agencies across the country. An active ILEETA member, he has attended numerous law enforcement conferences in both Chicago and St. Louis.  In addition to leading various Bo Fung Do classes, Rob often leads Gun Defense Weekend Workshops.

Rob Coffman Coming in to the school via the Police Defensive Tactics program in 1994, Rob then joined the Bo Fung Do martial arts program, and earned his black belt in 2006. He has continued to assist, and instruct, various law enforcement courses at Modern Warrior since then.

A member of the Suffolk County Police Department, Rob has acted as an assistant trainer for off-site Modern Warrior law enforcement training courses, alongside Phil Messina, at multiple police agencies across the country. An active ILEETA member, he has attended numerous law enforcement conferences in both Chicago and St. Louis.

In addition to leading various Bo Fung Do classes, Rob often leads Gun Defense Weekend Workshops.

Arthur Moody  earned his black belt in 2012. Taking the baton from another student, he spearheaded efforts each spring to clean up and plant the Modern Warrior Garden.  Nicknamed “The Mayor,” he always has a smile and a hearty greeting for everyone.  Arthur has assisted with countless classes at Modern Warrior, including the weekly Silverbacks Seniors Program.

Arthur Moody earned his black belt in 2012. Taking the baton from another student, he spearheaded efforts each spring to clean up and plant the Modern Warrior Garden.

Nicknamed “The Mayor,” he always has a smile and a hearty greeting for everyone.

Arthur has assisted with countless classes at Modern Warrior, including the weekly Silverbacks Seniors Program.

Dawn Lyons  enrolled at Modern Warrior in 1998 with the Police Defensive Tactics program, after an incident while on patrol. A new mother at the time, she was jumped from behind and dragged to the ground. Dawn immediately vowed that wouldn’t happen again.  Upon completion of the law enforcement course, she joined the weekly Bo Fung Do Martial Arts program, and earned her black belt in 2008.   An NYPD Sergeant (Ret.), she assists with law enforcement courses and instructs weekly Bo Fung Do classes. Her most rewarding moments are witnessing petite students realize they can win a violent confrontation against a larger adversary.

Dawn Lyons enrolled at Modern Warrior in 1998 with the Police Defensive Tactics program, after an incident while on patrol. A new mother at the time, she was jumped from behind and dragged to the ground. Dawn immediately vowed that wouldn’t happen again.

Upon completion of the law enforcement course, she joined the weekly Bo Fung Do Martial Arts program, and earned her black belt in 2008.

An NYPD Sergeant (Ret.), she assists with law enforcement courses and instructs weekly Bo Fung Do classes. Her most rewarding moments are witnessing petite students realize they can win a violent confrontation against a larger adversary.

Ken Johnson  joined Modern Warrior in 2002. He became an assistant instructor in the  Bo Fung Do  weekly martial arts program the next year.  He has assisted with Female Self Defense courses, Self Defense Key Chain classes, Confined Area Safety & Survival Tactics (CAST) and many other classes held at Modern Warrior, as well as off-site locations throughout Long Island.  Ken is a certified Modern Warrior instructor for various training programs, including Rape Prevention, Tactical Edged Weapons Defense, CAST and Combat Physiokinetics. He earned his black belt in 2013 and currently acts as a lead instructor for the  Bo Fung Do  weekly martial arts program.

Ken Johnson joined Modern Warrior in 2002. He became an assistant instructor in the Bo Fung Do weekly martial arts program the next year.

He has assisted with Female Self Defense courses, Self Defense Key Chain classes, Confined Area Safety & Survival Tactics (CAST) and many other classes held at Modern Warrior, as well as off-site locations throughout Long Island.

Ken is a certified Modern Warrior instructor for various training programs, including Rape Prevention, Tactical Edged Weapons Defense, CAST and Combat Physiokinetics. He earned his black belt in 2013 and currently acts as a lead instructor for the Bo Fung Do weekly martial arts program.

Andy Spencer  earned his black belt in 2010 and continues to lead weekly Bo Fung Do classes. The lessons he has gained from the art have served him well as a Senior Technician in the pharmaceutical industry, and as a lead webinar presenter for graphic arts.  Andy’s most rewarding classes are ones in which students are faced with a challenge, but are able to walk away from each lesson with a sense of accomplishment.  One of his favorite quotes is by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam: “Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place, that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realize the great life.”

Andy Spencer earned his black belt in 2010 and continues to lead weekly Bo Fung Do classes. The lessons he has gained from the art have served him well as a Senior Technician in the pharmaceutical industry, and as a lead webinar presenter for graphic arts.

Andy’s most rewarding classes are ones in which students are faced with a challenge, but are able to walk away from each lesson with a sense of accomplishment.

One of his favorite quotes is by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam: “Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place, that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realize the great life.”

Linda Garramone  got her start at Modern Warrior by taking a Female Self Defense course in 1999. She joined the Bo Fung Do martial arts program a few years later, and earned her black belt in 2013.  She has assisted with numerous Rape Prevention classes, 4 Week Female Self Defense courses and off-site demonstrations.  Married for 25 years, Linda has two step-sons. She has led feral cat trap-neuter-release efforts within her community. An avid swimmer and cyclist, she participated in the 11th Annual Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride in Babylon, New York.

Linda Garramone got her start at Modern Warrior by taking a Female Self Defense course in 1999. She joined the Bo Fung Do martial arts program a few years later, and earned her black belt in 2013.

She has assisted with numerous Rape Prevention classes, 4 Week Female Self Defense courses and off-site demonstrations.

Married for 25 years, Linda has two step-sons. She has led feral cat trap-neuter-release efforts within her community. An avid swimmer and cyclist, she participated in the 11th Annual Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride in Babylon, New York.

Jessica Reilly  joined Modern Warrior in 2001, and rose through the ranks to earn her black belt in 2011. She became an assistant instructor in 2002 and began leading Modern Warrior 4 Hour  Rape Prevention  classes in 2006. The next year, she began leading Female Self Defense courses.  Jessie has consistently served as a positive role model for the school, and the art, and currently teaches the B and D groups in the  Bo Fung Do  weekly martial arts program.  One of her favorite quotes is by Mary Anne Radmacher: “ Courage  doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, I'll try again tomorrow.”

Jessica Reilly joined Modern Warrior in 2001, and rose through the ranks to earn her black belt in 2011. She became an assistant instructor in 2002 and began leading Modern Warrior 4 Hour Rape Prevention classes in 2006. The next year, she began leading Female Self Defense courses.

Jessie has consistently served as a positive role model for the school, and the art, and currently teaches the B and D groups in the Bo Fung Do weekly martial arts program.

One of her favorite quotes is by Mary Anne Radmacher: “Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, I'll try again tomorrow.”

Larry Rampulla  originally joined Modern Warrior in 1989. He took a hiatus in 1993, due to career obligations, eventually returning to the school in 2012.  He earned his black belt in 2018 and continues to assist with weekly Silverbacks classes for seniors, as well as with D group Bo Fung Do martial arts classes.  Larry currently also assists with Rape Prevention classes and Weekend Workshops. The philosophy and teachings of Modern Warrior are an integral part of his life.

Larry Rampulla originally joined Modern Warrior in 1989. He took a hiatus in 1993, due to career obligations, eventually returning to the school in 2012.

He earned his black belt in 2018 and continues to assist with weekly Silverbacks classes for seniors, as well as with D group Bo Fung Do martial arts classes.

Larry currently also assists with Rape Prevention classes and Weekend Workshops. The philosophy and teachings of Modern Warrior are an integral part of his life.

Megan Gilroy  began training at Modern Warrior in 2009, and holds a red belt.  She has led demonstrations for Girl Scouts, at high schools, domestic violence shelters and at the Air Force National Guard. She co-led a 3 day Defensive Tactics seminar for law enforcement officers in Iowa. While on a mission trip to India, Megan led self defense presentations at two all-girls schools.  She currently leads Rape Prevention and 4 Week Female Self Defense Courses at Modern Warrior. A graduate student at Stony Brook University, Megan is pursuing a career in medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys doing improv.

Megan Gilroy began training at Modern Warrior in 2009, and holds a red belt.

She has led demonstrations for Girl Scouts, at high schools, domestic violence shelters and at the Air Force National Guard. She co-led a 3 day Defensive Tactics seminar for law enforcement officers in Iowa. While on a mission trip to India, Megan led self defense presentations at two all-girls schools.

She currently leads Rape Prevention and 4 Week Female Self Defense Courses at Modern Warrior. A graduate student at Stony Brook University, Megan is pursuing a career in medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys doing improv.

Jimmy Normile  enrolled his sons in the Wolverinz Kids Martial Arts & Leadership Program in 2010. Impressed with the teaching style and atmosphere at Modern Warrior, he began attending Bo Fung Do classes in 2010. Upon receiving his yellow belt, he began as an assistant instructor with the Wolverinz. He currently assists with the Silverbacks program.  An NYPD Detective (Ret.), with 27 years of service, he spent his last 11 years in the Brooklyn South Homicide Squad. Having been involved in the Investigation of hundreds of violent crimes, Jimmy has seen, firsthand, the results of violence - and how some of that violence may have been prevented, with training and awareness.

Jimmy Normile enrolled his sons in the Wolverinz Kids Martial Arts & Leadership Program in 2010. Impressed with the teaching style and atmosphere at Modern Warrior, he began attending Bo Fung Do classes in 2010. Upon receiving his yellow belt, he began as an assistant instructor with the Wolverinz. He currently assists with the Silverbacks program.

An NYPD Detective (Ret.), with 27 years of service, he spent his last 11 years in the Brooklyn South Homicide Squad. Having been involved in the Investigation of hundreds of violent crimes, Jimmy has seen, firsthand, the results of violence - and how some of that violence may have been prevented, with training and awareness.

Jasper  began service in the Customs & Border Protection (CBP) detector dogs “Beagle Brigade” in 2011.  He attended the U.S. Department of Agriculture Canine Academy to learn to detect harmful plant and animal products entering the US. Assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport, he spent his six year career with his handler, Amanda Tripple, accomplishing 17,167 total seizures!  Jasper spends his retirement with his closest human friend and former colleague, Amanda, a CBP Agriculture K-9 Specialist. He also serves as the Modern Warrior mascot.

Jasper began service in the Customs & Border Protection (CBP) detector dogs “Beagle Brigade” in 2011.

He attended the U.S. Department of Agriculture Canine Academy to learn to detect harmful plant and animal products entering the US. Assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport, he spent his six year career with his handler, Amanda Tripple, accomplishing 17,167 total seizures!

Jasper spends his retirement with his closest human friend and former colleague, Amanda, a CBP Agriculture K-9 Specialist. He also serves as the Modern Warrior mascot.

HIM Pads  are integral to our training, as they provide a safe way for our students to practice hitting to target areas of the body.  Manufactured by  Crown Gym Mats  of Illinois, these sturdy foam pads come with a head attached with velcro, and arms that are removable and position-able, adding to the realism in training that Modern Warrior is known for worldwide!  Used in conjunction with other Notta Line Crown foam training products, including a desk and chair, a full-sized bed, a coffee table and books, just to name a few, the HIM Pads give students the opportunity to safely practice leg breaks and more.

HIM Pads are integral to our training, as they provide a safe way for our students to practice hitting to target areas of the body.

Manufactured by Crown Gym Mats of Illinois, these sturdy foam pads come with a head attached with velcro, and arms that are removable and position-able, adding to the realism in training that Modern Warrior is known for worldwide!

Used in conjunction with other Notta Line Crown foam training products, including a desk and chair, a full-sized bed, a coffee table and books, just to name a few, the HIM Pads give students the opportunity to safely practice leg breaks and more.