- Deep Empowerment
- Shadow Integration
- Trauma Healing  

 

Authentic Warrior Embodiment (AWE) is a system of exercises and practices that enable the individual to embody the energies of the archetypal Warrior, as explored and understood by psychoanalyst Carl Jung (1875-1961).  

More than just ‘acting’ warrior-like, embodiment involves training the nervous system to express the Warrior from the inside-out, as opposed to simply wearing a mask of fearful warrior-like qualities.  

To embody is to become. In AWE, through authentic warrior training, this archetypal energy is revealed, explored and stepped into.  

Students experience: 

  • Stronger boundaries

  • Decreased fear on confrontation  

  • Firmness and grounding in the face of stress 

  • The capacity to take decisive action  

  • The ability to hold their ground in conflict  

  • Increased depth of integrity in their word  

  • Decreased fear of being their authentic self 

  • A deep sense of ‘permission’ to defend themselves and others 

  • Feeling more connected to their base instincts, without shame  

  • ‘Showing up’ in a way that enables respect and trust from those around them 

 

A UNIQUE APPROACH  

What makes this training unique, is the authenticity and honesty in which the Warrior is approached. 

Elsewhere in the mind-body and self-development space, the word ‘warrior’ is used often, but almost always with a caveat associating it with love and light and with an undertone of shame around the reality of what the warrior’s role in society really is. 

While ultimately aiming to create heart-connected Warriors, the student is taken on a journey to discover and develop all sides of their Warrior. Including their shadow side.  

The martial arts aspect of the process revolves around training the student for functional and applicable unarmed combat techniques in order to produce actual self-protective capabilities. This boils down to creating a potentially ‘dangerous’ human being (within certain contexts). This is where the Warrior is found and herein lies the transformational power of this process. 

Sharif’s life-long involvement in the martial arts, as well as his experience as a soldier, provide the authentic platform on which this initiation from hate- (fear-) based warrior energy to love-based warrior energy is based. Further, Warrior energy has been central to Sharif’s own journey of successfully emerging, heart-connected, from trauma and abuse.  

 

THE WARRIOR – THE MISSING ARCHETYPE  

Healthy and integrated Warrior energy is possibly one of the most essential missing pieces in the current collective consciousness of us living in the industrialised Western world.  

For centuries, the Warrior has been misused and disconnected from the heart – resulting in a collective trauma associated with it. As such, in the last several decades, this energy has been shunned, shamed and repressed, which has had several unwanted effects on us individually and collectively.  

  • Poor boundaries 

  • Feeling unsafe 

  • Lack of decisiveness  

  • Uncontrollable responses in the face of conflict (unhealthy warrior energy) 

  • Inability to access their true ‘voice’ 

  • Quiet resentment towards their own ‘niceness’ 

  • Lack of passion in life and intimacy   

 

THE PROCESS   

With the aim of becoming truly capable in their martial skills, the physical aspect of the training reveals aspects of the student’s body-mind where there may be unconscious ‘holding’, lack of flow or hesitation.  

Behind each of these problem patterns is a ‘story’ that is causing them to hold back parts of themselves. These stories are held in the body as varying degrees of trauma and addressing these then is a form of healing as well as personal development.  

Using a collection of methods taken from Eastern martial and yogic traditions as well as more modem Western physiology and counselling skills, the student is able to: 

  • Move through patterns of holding back 

  • Safely feel into and explore previously repressed parts of themselves 

  • Discover and develop new-found power from the depths of their own mind and body  

 

ORIGINS 

AWE is born out of a combination of external skill development and courageous inner exploration, resulting in a system of self-development and Warrior initiation. 

Driven by growing up in unsafe conditions, Sharif has been involved in the martial arts since early childhood, having trained in a number of disciplines both in the UK and Asia as well as exploring various yogic traditions.  

For over a decade, he has been training and consulting people in self-protection tactics including unarmed combat, tactical communication and threat identification/awareness. Combining this with his use of practical psychology and counselling skills, he has worked with hundreds of people, including many who have experienced violent trauma, which they then begin to integrate through their training.

While this training is offered to all people, as part of Sharif’s personal mission, AWE is his primary tool in the Men’s Work that he leads. At the heart of his mission to re-shape men’s presence in the world, Sharif aims to bring a heart-connected ‘martialness’ back into the lives of men, as a foundation for courage, integrity, loyalty and commitment.

NEXT WORKSHOP DATE:

10th August 2019. CLICK HERE for details.


What People Are Saying About This Training…

“Thank you Sharif so much for yesterday. Having suppressed my fight response for many years, this workshop was deeply a transformational experience. You held such a safe space and gave some much needed permission for me to embrace and express a very clear NO through my body. I very much appreciate how your approach is trauma informed and will highly recommend your work to others”
— Emma
 
“Cheers for today man. I dunno what you did back there but I feel like a different bloke... a better sense of mind body connection. The whole day after the workshop I had mental clarity I rarely have (I’m due an ADHD assessment which would explain a lot but I’m not jumping to conclusions yet). And my social anxiety was completely gone, that’s never happened really.”
— Leon
What I love and is clearly visible at the end of the trainings is the way very timid, nervous and scared people by the end have a sense of their own agency and confidence and thus they then feel more internally settled within their nervous system. Sharif delivers the training with a great balance of lightness, humour and gritty realness. I hate violence and would prefer to get away without any of it happening however since taking the course I think I probably now emanate a powerful vibe to predatory people to stay away from me and I think the course fosters an inner confidence that overwrites the sometimes often unconscious victim fearful energy that is like radar to bullies or predatory people. I would definitely refer clients where appropriate to this training for inner confidence and awareness.
— Kari, Trauma Therapist
“Great trainer. Challenging yet compassionate. Sharif has a balanced yin and yang energy. His former military experience really shows in his knowledge. His teaching is applicable and anyone of any fitness level can learn his system. Would definitely recommend!”
— Nick
 
“Sharif is the only trainer out there in the UK who will take a holistic approach to self defence. His practice and knowledge is backed up by real life experience and a vast contrast of people who he trains. He takes into account every aspect of self defence including the psychological and emotional elements that guide the body into a default response to threat. I live with post traumatic stress disorder and Sharif has seamlessly incorporated the intuitive adjustments needed moment by moment in our training. He is not discriminative nor is he ridged in his approach to training, completely flexible and individualized according to the needs of the client. I would recommend to anyone looking to better understand empowerment through the vehicle of self defence.”
— Beth
 
“It is the most effective system for Self Defense System I have trained in and I have trained in many systems. No fancy stuff - just things which actually work.”
— Martin
 
“Amazing workshop! It far exceeded any expectations that I had. The lens through which Sharif looks at self-defense, and how he combines it with self-development work, is really unique and amazing. After only a 3-hour workshop, I feel so much more confident about my ability to defend myself if I should ever need to.”
— Rachel