Shärath Jason Wilson
Hello! My name is Jason Wilson.
I am the founder and head instructor of the Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy (CATTA). My purpose is to teach, train and transform boys before the world does. I founded the Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy in 2007 after realizing that when boys and young men are tested in key life/biblical principles, and are challenged emotionally and physically through martial arts training to apply them; the results are not only internalized but also externalized in their day to day lives. Creating this system has been more than a task, it’s been a sacrifice. I’ve discovered over the years, that it’s not about training the physical (the flesh/stubborn will), but breaking it, so that we can effectively wage war against the spiritual (Eph 6:12).
Background & Experience
I have been mentoring boys and young men for over 15 years and I have been training in the martial arts for over 22 years. My martial arts training includes Aikibujutsu, Jiujitsu, Judo, Kempo, Short Staff Fighting and Combat Boxing. Although I’ve personally seen the benefits of martial arts discipline, I’ve always been confounded to how a martial artist can be a black belt in a dojo, but stay a white belt in life. How a martial artist can dexterously control five or more attackers with great ease, yet cannot mentally overcome three or more stressors in his life. I’ve also discovered that it’s truly meaningless if a person has great skills in a martial art, but lack the sacrificial love, power, integrity and discipline that only comes from a martial heart. I’m not committed to martial arts. I’m committed to saving the lives of boys. Training the physical body is of some value, but training for godliness is of value in every way, benefitting in this life and the life to come (1 Tim 4:8).
Philosophy & Needs Assessment
Teaching boys how to fight is one thing, but training them up to walk the path of righteousness is another. King Solomon penned, “Do not be overly foolish, why die before your time.” So my combat thesis is to love always, and fight if you must; because in reality, people do not walk around in martial art uniforms, nor is there a octagon MMA cage on each corner. However there is an overabundance of angry and misguided young men, in gangs with guns. Also there are unlawful police officers and Zimmerman’s patrolling communities nationwide. So it’s vital that I teach boys and young men that the fight starts before the fist is formed, and the bullets are fired. Anyone trained can break boards or bricks, and someone untrained can break a jaw, but what matters the most is when you no longer have to in order to prove that you’re powerful. In 2012, there were over 411 homicides in Detroit Michigan, and over 73% were young black men. So I focus on teaching the recruits in the CATTA, that the real weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but of the spirit, and they have divine power to destroy strongholds (fatherlessness, fear, ungodly anger, lack of focus, ADHD symptoms, etc.).
A Purposeful & Passionate Mission
The Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy (CATTA) was birthed through my unrelenting passion for redirecting the lives of youth through the faith based non profit organization called The Yunion (pronounced union), which I founded in 2003. The Yunion has reached more than 10,000 youth and young adults in Metro-Detroit through culturally relevant and innovative programming, workshops, seminars and trainings. As I continue to develop the CATTA, I remain a student of Yahuah’s (God’s) Word, passionately serve His people and develop innovative but effective methods for emotional stability, mental agility and spiritual security in males.
Awards & Acknowledgements
2012 Ambassador Magazine’s Ambassador of the Year
2013 BMe Leadership Award
2013 Spirit of Detroit Award
2014 Governor’s Service Award Finalist
2015 CBMA Innovation Accelerator Award
2016 President’s Volunteer Service Award