Phil Messina, Founder/President

Highly decorated in the New York City Police Department (NYPD) in both plainclothes and uniformed assignments, Mr. Messina was the first training officer for the largest community oriented patrol program in the United States. He had the highest arrest productivity in the 1977 anti-crime experiment, averaging better than one felony arrest for each patrol day.

Mr. Messina is currently certified as an instructor, or instructor trainer, in over a dozen defensive tactics (DT) and self defense systems. He has taught DT classes for over 35 years, has a martial arts background of almost 50 years, and has penned numerous articles on martial arts, DT, and self defense training.

He has been featured numerous times on national and international TV and radio shows, as well as in newspapers and magazines. Mr. Messina presently holds over 300 decorations, community service awards and letters of commendation, including the prestigious Award for Moral Courage, presented by the National Institute of Ethics. He was the first male recipient of the prestigious Susan B. Anthony Award.

Since retiring in 1987 from the Research and Development section of the Police Commissioner's Office of the NYPD, where he served as a training officer and supervisor, he has conducted training seminars for police trainers and officers from all over the world.

Mr. Messina has been a staff instructor for the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, the Illinois Tactical Officer’s Association (ITOA), the Canadian Use of Force Conference, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, and numerous other local, state and federal law enforcement organizations and agencies.

He has acted as an expert witness on several criminal and civil cases. In 1996, after serving as Chairman of its Integrity Support Program, Mr. Messina was elected to the Board of Directors of the Concerned Alliance for Professional Policing. He has also served on the Board of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA).

His unique research and methodology has led to the development of key concepts now being used in DT training, including Goal Oriented Training™, Time Framing™, Combat Stress Conditioning™, Environmental Stress Conditioning™, and Physio-kinetic Control Tactics™.


Mickey Allen, Vice President

In addition to his role as Vice President, Mr. Allen also serves as Director of Training for Modern Warrior. He is a lead instructor for ongoing weekly Bo Fung Do martial arts classes for adults, as well as for one-time Weekend Workshops, held at Modern Warrior.

He has led numerous classes, including Knife and Gun Defense, Tactical Jaw and Limb Control, Confrontational Handcuffing, Confined Area Safety and Survival Tactics, Confronting Multiple Assailants, Improvised Weapons, Rape Prevention, Hostage Tactics, and more.

Mr. Allen is a certified firearms instructor, working on behalf of Modern Warrior, in affiliation with Todd Rassa Training, to provide a wide variety of weapons-based courses and hyper-realistic force-on-force scenarios for screened civilians, security professionals, and local, state, and federal law enforcement organizations. With a background in personal protection, and as a member of ILEETA, ITOA, the National Rifle Association, and other training organizations, he has taught throughout the country as a guest instructor at numerous conferences and for individual agencies, departments, schools, hospitals, and the like.

His primary focus in each context is on helping to blend the often divergent disciplines of hand-to-hand, firearms, and bladed/impact weapons work into an optimized platform of comprehensive defensive capability suited to the dynamic shifts that arise in real world combat situations.


Danette Adamovich, Marketing Manger

Currently serving as Marketing Manager since July 2018, Ms. Adamovich began training at Modern Warrior in 1996 with a 16 week FSD course, and earned her Black Belt in 2008.

A certified Rape Prevention Instructor, she has led numerous 4 hour Rape Prevention Classes and 2 hour Rape Prevention Demonstrations at Long Island, New York area hospitals, religious organizations and schools. She has been in command of a legion of 4, 8 and 16 week Female Self Defense Courses held at Modern Warrior.   

Ms. Adamovich taught a Tactical Ground Fighting Course, Winning from the Ground Up, at the 2004 annual seminar of the American Women’s Self Defense Association (AWSDA), held in North Carolina. She has empowered many groups of people via assisting with a co-ed 4 week Self Defense Course for the Port Washington, New York Adult & Continuing Education Program.

In a dual leadership role at Modern Warrior’s Annual Female Self Defense Week in 2009, 2010 and 2011, she taught the 8 Hour Modern Warrior Rape Prevention Instructor Certification Course to a group of national and international self defense trainers. Ms. Adamovich has assisted with a multitude of Law Enforcement Training Courses held at Modern Warrior, and acted as Lead Instructor for weekly ongoing Bo Fung Do martial arts classes for adults, as well as the Silverbacks program for seniors.

 Her expertise has been honed by assisting with various Weekend Workshops held at Modern Warrior, including Confronting Multiple Assailants, Gun Defense, Knife Defense, Anti-Carjacking, Confined Area Safety and Survival Tactics (CAST) and more. 

Relocating to St. Louis, Missouri in 2012, she has since led 4 Week Female Self Defense Courses for the St. Charles Adult & Community Education Program, the St. Charles Community College Continuing Education Program, and at the St. Peters Rec Plex. She also taught a Gun Defense class, a Knife Defense class, and a hands-on Self Defense class for a local Girl Scout troop, as well as giving private self defense lessons.

Ms. Adamovich holds an AAS in Marketing and a BS in Advertising. She stood at the helm of Modern Warrior for five years as an Executive Assistant to the company President, as well as Marketing Manager.