This martial arts academy strives to “create a generation of men who are physically conscious and spiritually strong enough to navigate through the pressures of the world without succumbing to their emotions."
In today’s world, rarely is it considered ‘masculine’ for a man or boy to express their emotions. Because this has been detrimental in more ways than one to the male psyche, a karate instructor named Jason Wilson has made it his purpose to educate young men on the benefits of expressing emotions, as well as how to work through them in productive ways.
The founder of The Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy in Detroit, Michigan, Wilson’s non-profit martial arts academy aims to “create a generation of men who are physically conscious and spiritually strong enough to navigate through the pressures of the world without succumbing to their emotions.” Many of the boys he teaches have unresolved anger issues, exhibit ADHD symptoms, and/or suffer from anxiety and fear.
Recently, the instructor was teaching his class how to punch through a board when one of the students, named Bruce, had difficulties. In response to the trial, Bruce began to cry. Rather than lecture the young boy or allow his fellow students to mock him, Wilson used the opportunity as a learning lesson.
He explained to the boys why it’s important to cry. For understandable reasons, the lesson has gone viral.
In the description of the video, he explains:
“During these perverse times, it’s truly vital that we, the men and fathers of this generation, do not allow our boys to grow up with a false sense of masculinity like many of us did. As a result, we have a mass amount of emotionally unstable men walking in unresolved anger, confusion and depression, instead of power, love and discipline. So we place strong emphasis on allowing our recruits to openly express their emotions, so that we can teach them how to use those emotions to their benefit, and become a comprehensive man of God.”
Both men and women are bombarded with near-impossible ideals of ‘perfection’ in today’s society. Thankfully, activists like Wilson are helping young children break free from the constraints of conformity and live inspired lives as spiritual warriors.
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