Being A Black Man

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Credits: Sharath Jason Wilson, Bruce

Sharath Jason Wilson is a martial arts teacher who gives lessons in life to a young student, Bruce, a new recruit during an initiation test at "Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy" in Detroit, Michigan. Bruce is struggling, but this is a perfect opportunity to show what mental fortitude is all about.

Bruce stands in front of a senior student trying to punch through a wooden board.

Sharath Jason Wilson: Zeus!

Bruce: Hai! [Practice Punch]

Sharath Jason Wilson: Zeus!

Bruce: Hai! [Real Punch - Board doesn't break]

Sharath Jason Wilson: Zeus!

Bruce: Hai! [Practice Punch]

Sharath Jason Wilson: Zeus!

Bruce: Hai! [Real Punch - Board doesn't break]

Sharath Jason Wilson: You're pulling your punch a little bit. Punch all the way through. When you feel the pain, go all the way through. That could be a barrier in life or anything. Punch harder. Zeus!

Bruce: Hai! [Practice Punch]

Sharath Jason Wilson: Zeus!

Bruce: Hai! [Real Punch - Board doesn't break with left fist. Rubs hand.]

Sharath Jason Wilson: You feel pain?

Bruce: Yes, sir.

Sharath Jason Wilson: Shake that off, let's go.

Bruce: Hai! [Real Punch - With right fist board breaks. Rubs hand...begins to cry.]

Sharath Jason Wilson: That's what this is about...good...let's get to that. Why are you crying? That's what this is about, son. It's ok to cry. We cry as men. Why are you crying though, son? Come on. [Kneels down to eye level.] Tell me, son, why are you crying? It's called a test for a reason, but why are you crying? Go ahead, son, because what?

Bruce: Because it is hard...sniff...to punch through...sniff...with my...sniff...left...sniff...hand.

Sharath Jason Wilson: Ok good...but you did it though. You've punched through with your left hand before. You know in life there are gonna be things that are harder for you to do than other things.

Bruce: Sniff...Yes, sir.

Sharath Jason Wilson: And do you know those things that may appear to be hard to do you're gonna have to do as a man regardless? And its gonna take tears. It's gonna take the blood of Yahshua(Jesus) and your sweat(diligence) to break through it. Do you understand?

Bruce: Yes, sir.

Sharath Jason Wilson: So I don't mind you crying, I cry too. You understand? So I want you to just...your pulling your blow. I don't know if you're facing fear or you're feeling like you may not make it. We all face that from time to time. As soon as we hit resistance we want to stop right? Because it's hurting, we feel that pain and be like...I'm not going through this no more, right? [Holds up fresh board]

Bruce: Yes, sir.

Sharath Jason Wilson: But we have to [breaks board effortlessly] fight through it as men. Because it's gonna be very painful. Do you understand?

Bruce: Yes, sir!

Sharath Jason Wilson: Being a black man in this country, you're gonna need mental fortitude. You're gonna have to be strong here [points at head] more so than here [points at fist]. You understand?

Bruce: Yes, sir!

Sharath Jason Wilson: You can do it. You just gotta put your mind to it. And its good to cry so you can work through that emotion. So when it arise again, you can push it to the side and do what you have to do. Understand?

Bruce: Yes, sir.

Sharath Jason Wilson: Good. Let's see what you got. [Resets a board] Bend your knees...dig...hard as you can.

Bruce: Hai! [breaks board cleanly with left fist. Other students clap their support.]

Sharath Jason Wilson: Always dig deeper. You may not be able to break through that habit or whatever the first time. Keep fighting, keeping going through it. That's where your going.




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Sharath Jason Wilson

Sharath Jason Wilson

is the founder and head instructor of the Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy (CATTA). His purpose is to teach, train and transform boys before the world does. Founded the Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy in 2008.


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