Meet the founders, Phil Ventrello and Michele Vorberger
Phil is a passionate advocate of martial arts and a 5th degree black belt Master Instructor of the Combat Hapkido self defense system. Sadly, he has trained victims of rape and other criminal violence who came to him for help after they had already been hurt. Yet, over the years, he became more and more troubled by innocent people being victimized.
While he firmly believes there is no substitute for traditional martial arts training, he also understood that the lengthy, demanding process is simply not an option for everyone. In order to improve the personal safety of more people, he combined his skills as a martial artist and digital designer/illustrator and created MUNIO.
Michele values the lives of others and is proud to support MUNIO’s mission of creating safer lives and communities. For years Michele had been searching for a bigger purpose, and a partner to share that purpose with. That search ended when she met Phil and he introduced her to the idea of MUNIO.
MUNIO’s purpose of saving lives goes beyond the surface. Surviving a violent assault leaves a traumatic mark on that person, as well as their loved ones. Those lives are never the same. Knowing they can help to prevent that with MUNIO is a purpose she loves fighting for!
We are committed to empowering personal safety through simple self defense education and training. We are grateful for our growing number of MUNIO Certified Instructors and self defense professionals composed of martial arts, law enforcement and military professionals. Together, we are achieving our mission around the world.
MUNIO is dedicated to the memory of Phil’s brother, Mike. He lost his life after a horrible fight, yet Mike still strengthens our future and vision each day. We pray that MUNIO’s contribution to public safety will honor him.