About Awoken Warriors
Erik Milosevich – Awoken Warrior
Erik is a diverse and balanced instructor. He started martial arts at 7 yrs. old and achieved his black belt at 14. As a police officer he was a certified Krav Maga Law Enforcement Instructor. Later in life he became a yogi and eventually a yoga and meditation instructor. Erik is a practitioner of the Yin/Yang philosophy; the opposite, yet complementary, dual polarity of all existence. The universe is made up of energy (prana or chi) and all energy contains balance of Yin/Yang. The key is to balance the two and walk the middle path in peace and harmony.
2017-2020 Certified Wim Hof Method Instructor and has given courses to civilians, military and law enforcement. The course consists of three pillars; breathing, cold exposure and commitment. The Wim Hof Method is a science backed program proven to heal and strengthen the mind, body and spirit.
2018-2020 Created and taught “De-escalation and Mindful Breathing” a California POST Certified Course for law enforcement. Most recently co-created “Coming Together” with Saffire Bouchelion. The course brings law enforcement officers and other members of the community together to engage in specific exercises focused on bringing them into a deep human connection. The course is a microcosm for the participants to take out into their communities.
2010-2020 Certified Vinyasa and Yin Yoga instructor giving group, private and virtual trainings.
1997-2018 Served as a police officer with the Santa Monica Police Department. He was a lead instructor for the department and taught classes on; Implicit bias, gender bias, body language and defensive tactics. During his law enforcement career, Erik worked a variety of assignments, including collateral SWAT, Field Training Officer, Police Activities League Officer, Narcotics Investigator, Neighborhood Resource Officer and Defensive Tactics Instructor. He has designed programs for and trained police officers for the last 25 years.
1988-1992 US Army 82nd Airborne Division Recon/Sniper. All Army Taekwondo Team – International competitor