Officially Cancer Free!!!

After his recent five year exam, Phil Messina, the President, Founder and Head Instructor of Modern Warrior received very pleasant news–HE IS NOW OFFICIALLY CANCER FREE!!!

Thank you everyone for your continuous support of Phil during his recovery 🙂


Confronting Multiple Assailants Tonight

Tonight Phil Messina (Ret. NYPD Sgt.) will be leading a seminar on how to defend yourself against multiple attackers.  This is a Modern Warrior Specialty!

This course covers mindset, how to use the psychology inherent in groups against them, techniques to defeat the wolf pack and more.

The seminar tonight is currently full.  There are still spaces however in the Knife Defense Seminar on Saturday December 8th.  Call 631-226-8383 for details.

Tanner Park Senior Citizen Center Welcomes the Silverbacks

As a service of our community, Modern Warrior aims to educate the members of our community on how they can best defend themselves.  We were honored to be invited to speak with the members of the Tanner Park Senior Citizen Center on Tuesday October 2nd to educate this group how they can win against a violent attacker.

The cliche “hit, scream, run away” formula that the self defense industry has been labeled with does not work in most instances, including with seniors, who many of which move at a slower rate than they had in their twenties.  Therefore outrunning an attacker who is still in his/her prime is not a viable option.

Instead Phil Messina, retired NYPD Sgt. and Founder of Modern Warrior, used this presentation as a prime time to introduce practical tactics, strategies and techniques that work for the 65+ crowd.

You could sense the change in the room by the end of the demonstration; many of the attendees seemed to sit up taller and smile a little wider, knowing that if they are attacked they have options and the ABILITY to win.

A special thanks to Annie Petit for coordinating the event.

Female Self Defense Week 2012 Kicks Off this Weekend

October 5th through 10th Modern Warrior will host Female Self Defense Week 2012.  This is the fourth annual international event held at the unique facility, sponsored by Crown Gym Mats.

The week includes seminars taught from noted self defense trainers who have traveled from across the continent.  On the schedule:


2-5 pm: Down But Not Out: Fighting with an Injury by Modern Warrior Black Belts Jessie R. & Rob A.

5:45-10 pm: Rape Prevention Class by Modern Warrior Instructors Megan & Mickey


9 am-6 pm: Rape Prevention Instructor Certification Course by Modern Warrior Black Belts Angela C. & Phil Messina


9 am-12:30 pm: Get a Leg Up: Effective Kicks to Exploit Weaknesses by Modern Warrior Black Belt Phil Messina

1:30-4:30 pm: Advanced Instructor Course: Deadly Weapons Review by TJ Alvarado, from Blaze4Life


9 am-12:30 pm: KMG Women’s Self Defense and Tactical Training Seminar by Kate Gorey, from KMG Women’s Self Defense

1:30-4:30 pm: Furniture Techniques by Modern Warrior Black Belt Phil Messina


9 am-12:30 pm: Pest Control: Dealing with Inappropriate People by Calvin Millar and Wesley Quaife, from Instinctive DT

1:30-4:30 pm: Sharpen Your Skills: Tactical Edged Weapons Defense by Modern Warrior Black Belt Phil Messina

 Call Megan at 631-226-8383 and ask about our “Day Rates” to attend per diem.