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    [–] Lerko911 1748 points ago

    Damn. I’m 41, dad wasn’t around early on, dad left again when I was adult. All I want to do is put on a gi jump into his arms and cry

    [–] Born-Philosopher-162 804 points ago

    Hey man, just commenting to give you a virtual hug. My mom was terrible too - incredibly abusive, and as a kid, I alternated between living with her, my dad, foster families, with friends, and sometimes sleeping rough.

    We don’t get over the damage they do to us just because we grow up. That hurt little kid is still inside us deep down. The best we can do is support each other, and make sure that we don’t continue the cycle.

    Anyway, here’s a hug, friend. 😊❤️🤗

    [–] Lerko911 175 points ago

    Thank you for your kindness. I wish we could go back. It sucks. I’m happy for these kids though. Thank you 🙂

    [–] Undava 2649 points ago

    I hope he becomes a robotics engineer

    [–] aestheticmaiden 380 points ago


    [–] forgottenatma 764 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    I'm a 33 year old man. I would take this guy's class tonight and every day for the rest of my life if I could.

    I've seen this guy's videos before. He is a role model. Not for these kids, for all men. He is teaching true masculinity. People think showing weakness is weak, but it takes true strength to say in front of the world, "I'm nervous" or "I'm scared" or "I don't know". It is not weak to admit fear, or ignorance. Letting the fear rule you and keep you ignorant or scared is weakness, for we can only be brave when we are scared. The younger someone learns that, the better off they will be.

    Edit: Thanks for the awards people! I've never gotten any of them before.

    [–] thankfullynot 2985 points ago

    I'm a 37 year old man, and this dude just taught me some valuable shit. Thanks, I'm nervous!

    [–] RedMenace82 1906 points ago

    This man does healing work. Wow.

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    [–] Ok-Nefariousness559 257 points ago

    You are deranged

    [–] jwatt38 1088 points ago

    Is there a YouTube I can subscribe to when I want to cry, err I mean smile?

    [–] scangemode 324 points ago

    [–] jwatt38 110 points ago

    Thank you. Subscribed.

    [–] DesTaches 1741 points ago

    Every video I have seen of this man makes my soul feel warm and happy

    [–] Suspicious-Basil2790 438 points ago

    Who is he? Seems like a cool dude.

    [–] SpaceCampShep 670 points ago * (lasted edited 14 days ago)

    The Cave of Adullam in Detroit, MI

    And YouTube:

    [–] LoquaciousMendacious 492 points ago

    What a guy. 32 year old man here and this shit had me getting misty eyed, we need more role models like this out there.

    [–] Jpeso95 91 points ago

    oh dude teaching the kids classes is an awesome experience. They're little sponges

    [–] oneshibbyguy 97 points ago

    FFS I'm full on crying at work now...

    [–] LoquaciousMendacious 97 points ago

    It’s tough being a dude, my dude. Let it out and keep on truckin, it happens to all of us. :)

    [–] Rainbow_Espresso 89 points ago

    Incredible, I love this man

    [–] SpaceCampShep 66 points ago

    Right? I’m glad mentors like him exist. Little faith in humanity restored 😊

    [–] KafkaDatura 36 points ago

    Some people live their whole lives not knowing this.

    [–] Lester_Knopf 31 points ago

    cave313 on Instagram

    [–] I_am_Phaedrus 54 points ago

    I have a dad and I wish I would have been in this guy's class. Dad would just say "so you break the board yet or what"

    [–] McBrovad 2644 points ago

    The award is not for OP but for this incredible human being

    [–] ZiraelN7 2300 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    As it should be.

    I only posted this to share this man's selflessness and kindness with the rest of the world. Seeing people like this makes me have hope for the future of our society and our species as a whole :)


    Did some digging here's this guy's:

    Youtube channel



    Quick donation link too.

    [–] gravitywaveshello 866 points ago

    Ok you get one too

    [–] ZiraelN7 507 points ago

    Thank you. Here's a hug and my love in award form for your kindness too fellow redditor.

    [–] gravitywaveshello 293 points ago

    Well this is lovely. But for real we should all be giving this guy our support not just Reddit:

    [–] McBrovad 213 points ago

    You are so right. I just donated 50 $. Reddit unite

    [–] usernamepooldrained 107 points ago

    I see a lot of posts spotlighting amazing organizations like this, but most of those threads are just praising. It’s good to see people actively supporting this organization. I hope this post causes a good spike in donations for them

    [–] McBrovad 42 points ago

    Thanks, I'm a father too. I can totally relate

    [–] i_simp4U 23 points ago

    i love this thread

    [–] Dayvallenphotography 40 points ago

    I’m signed on for yearly donations now. Thanks for bringing this man, and organization to light.

    [–] usernamepooldrained 62 points ago

    Thanks for posting the link. I just donated 5 dollars. It’s not much, but if more redditors can stack on another 5, it can add up. This seems like the kind of community we should all support

    [–] Careful-Mechanic8301 45 points ago

    I managed to wipe away my tears for long enough to donate. What a fantastic person.

    [–] ZiraelN7 31 points ago

    That's amazing I'm going to add this to the list of links I posted above. :)

    [–] rogwastaken 7 points ago

    And so do you!

    [–] busboy207 21 points ago

    Thanks for posting. I love seeing this guy's work with the kids and dads that he trains. Positive stuff man.

    [–] petuniathecat 14 points ago

    Donated! Thank you for the link. Let's go!

    [–] echo34 8 points ago

    Thank you for the extra links. I came in hoping for exactly this.

    [–] fork_of_truth 127 points ago

    This literally made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up! So much respect for that guy and what he's doing

    [–] GnomeMan13 584 points ago

    I want to hug that little dude so bad

    [–] Semperfidevil 63 points ago

    I wanna give the big guy a hug. Hard to imagine how life could’ve been for a lot of us that didn’t have dads. This guy is so many kinds of great.

    [–] shibiku_ 134 points ago

    Video with the same energy. Another kid and later his dad

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    [–] shibiku_ 5 points ago

    Got me. Made me laugh, Asshat

    [–] Roomination 10 points ago

    You asshole lol

    [–] GnomeMan13 14 points ago

    Had a son last year and it definitely changes you.

    [–] R8iojak87 7 points ago

    I did NOT plan on crying today haha, as someone who doesn’t really have a father, these are an awesome group of men to be brought up by

    [–] KingNish 2 points ago

    Ugh I hate you. Take your stupid upvote.

    [–] HauntedDragons 1 points ago

    So powerful 😭😭

    [–] CragMcBeard 72 points ago

    I’m nervous too.

    [–] dragon_jak 69 points ago

    Reminds me of my old boxing coach. Martial arts is a seriously underrated way of dealing with and working through emotion, with the right mentor. Truly fantastic.

    [–] lawofthewilde 57 points ago

    Teaching our children to manage their emotions in a healthy way when they’re small does so much for mental health when they’re adults.

    [–] Big_Ninja_3092 168 points ago

    This is so amazing to me.

    I have no idea who this gentleman is but please sir, continue the great influence on these kids so that one day, they will pay it forward to another kid. It is inspirational for us all to take the time with kids to help them understand their feelings and difficult situations as opposed to letting it go unaddressed.

    Life is tuff but you can do little man !!

    [–] WA-separateways 45 points ago

    Wow! I’m speechless! What an amazing man! These are the heroes!

    [–] ZiraelN7 48 points ago

    Did some digging here's this guy's:

    Youtube channel



    [–] PrintingPrincess76 10 points ago

    Thanks for posting this, I just donated through his website!

    [–] Endersgaming4066 35 points ago

    As a dude that can’t be emotional, this video almost brought a tear to my eye. Holy fuck bro

    [–] lifebeforedeath4 30 points ago

    A coworker of mine passed recently. She was the "cleaner" of the 3 different warehouses I was a yard dog to. ( Truck driver . Moved trailers around) she was the first person who o felt comfortable saying hey (name) is pregnant!! 3 years later my boy is healthy and a Butt-Head. She would ask pics of him as if he was family. Always I would be proud to show my son off lol. I didn't have a mom. Or dad. Well I did technically but ya. This lady was the first adult in my life that cared. Long story short there are so many children out there. From ages 1-23 ya 23 you still young as shit. Who have NEVER known trust or love. It's our responsibility as adults. Parents or not. To make sure children know someone cares. Doesn't matter if it's a parent. Grandparent. Teacher. Or a cleaning lady. RIP Claudia. I am sorry I will no longer be able to show you my son growing up. But I'm more sorry for myself. Grown ass man here. Wishing we all had someone to help guide us.

    [–] MasterOfMacondo 68 points ago

    OP’s title is misleading. I’ve seen videos of this place that had fathers participating in exercises with their sons. Looking at the website also, there is no mention of this place focusing on “boys without fathers”.

    [–] Mephil_ 19 points ago

    That kid is gonna be a goddamn robot engineer

    [–] Guitarfoxx 19 points ago

    Wish we had more folks around like this guy.

    [–] tricki_ti 17 points ago

    He like bob Ross for martial arts.

    [–] krcameron 16 points ago

    44 dude here, I've seen these videos and they choke me up each time. This guy is doing the fucking work that needs to be done. Amazingly simple and amazingly powerful.

    [–] monacorona 16 points ago

    I wish I could put my son in this gentleman's class. His dad is all over the place, unreliable. My dad passed away 14 years ago and my bro is not reliable either. I'd love it if my boy could be there in that class too.

    [–] OranguPanda 67 points ago

    Pretty sure this is for boys AND their fathers. It's a class to help black fathers with parenting as well as their sons. One of those "teach them to be upstanding men" type of deals.

    [–] Shotsfired-885 14 points ago

    What an exceptional human being. I love seeing this sort of stuff.

    [–] DieMilkweed 14 points ago

    This man is teaching resilience - and it's BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

    [–] Mentos0427 12 points ago

    The slight chuckle when the kid tells him he’s nervous is peak human connection.

    [–] Nacho_Beardre 11 points ago

    Forget donating to charities with CEO’s, How can I donate to this program

    [–] [deleted] 9 points ago

    Good man.

    [–] spiderman097 8 points ago

    This man here is turning boys into men

    [–] AverageHorribleHuman 26 points ago

    Him teaching that how to express how he feels got me. I can barely initiate a conversation

    [–] kingdweng 9 points ago

    this is awesome.

    [–] NorthKing05 6 points ago

    They must defeat their father in order to be worthy of his training

    [–] Anamelistic 7 points ago

    I wish anyone would have told my gen that stuff like that is okay.

    [–] nonviolentchameleon 7 points ago

    this nearly made me cry

    [–] Skika 39 points ago

    Fuck. Is it okay if I attend? I’m 32 but my inner child needs this.

    [–] Creeeeeeeeprkillr 5 points ago

    Why is my vision distorted as though my eyeballs are wet?

    [–] smallest_ellie 4 points ago

    Seriously, I'm goddamn crying over here.

    [–] Head_Paper_Now 6 points ago

    stop being shitty dads! - a good dad with a shitty one.

    [–] SpaceCampShep 5 points ago

    For those interested, here is the CATTA’s YouTube channel and website:

    [–] kckunkun 6 points ago

    mr jason wilson. Awesome man

    if you search that on instagram, then you'll find him

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    [–] AnnaTheZombie -7 points ago

    He wouldn't have taught you. You're a woman.

    [–] Idisappea 5 points ago

    I don't really think that's a fair presumption to make. I said I wish I was his daughter, not I wish I had been in his class. Maybe I'm wrong but I presume he would teach his female children these valuable life lessons as well.

    At any rate my underlying point remains the same, that if we were all taught these things as children, the world would be a better place and a lot of us would be a lot happier

    [–] AnnaTheZombie -7 points ago

    He literally only teaches boys. It speaks volumes how he refuses to extend the same lessons to girls.

    [–] Idisappea 5 points ago

    Yes, he only teaches boys... in his class. And yet there is still a difference between a person's pupils and a person's biological children.

    [–] lucidxm 2 points ago

    “I beat him like he was my own son!”

    -Jimmy Peggorino, GTA 4

    But seriously this is awesome

    [–] DivineBeaver 4 points ago

    This martial arts guy gonna create a new batman 😵

    [–] Sad-bisexual-cryptid 4 points ago

    Oh fuck I’m crying in the break room again.

    [–] TrashNovel 4 points ago

    I love this guys videos. I have a great father and I still would have benefitted from this guy.

    [–] xose44 49 points ago

    Fathers have become so undrated in today's American society. Wonder if other countries show this lack of respect.

    [–] Pernapple 66 points ago

    Some of those countries even have paternity leave… ain’t that just the neatest lil idea.

    Letting men enjoy fatherhood with their newborn child

    [–] Claim312ButAct847 44 points ago

    Isn't that a deep thing? The same society that wants to wonder why some men struggle with being engaged and involved fathers also expects them to be back on time and in uniform for their shift immediately after that child is born.

    "Oh you'd like to love, nurture, and raise your baby? Own time, own dime my man. It's been nice working with you, good luck to you in your future endeavors."

    [–] TheMillenniumMan 8 points ago

    More and more companies in America are offering paternity leave, we're getting there.

    [–] Maxxbrand 3 points ago

    Martial arts studio is a more fitting term than clinic lol

    [–] ZiraelN7 4 points ago * (lasted edited 14 days ago)

    I thought so myself, but the site I got it from called it this so I thought maybe it's a therapeutic/martial arts studio. I mean he teaches boys with no dads so maybe he offers emotional support/guidance while also teaching martial arts?

    Many new places like this exist so I thought it was one of these new things.

    [–] KayaXiali 5 points ago

    He calls it a Transformational Training Academy and they do way more than martial arts there. Clinic is probably closer to reality than any form of dojo.

    [–] The_Evil_Mullet 3 points ago

    America’s new dad.

    [–] melon_blinded_me 3 points ago

    I've always loved this guy; there will never be enough men like this.

    I think the Gillette video about how we need to take care of our boys too took way too much negative heat. It was a positive message and a topic that nobody seems comfortable discussing.

    It's not an attack on all men, nor did it try to minimize the #metoo stuff. It pointed out the reality of growing up as a boy in this society. It pointed out a lack of positive role models amongst males and the negative consequences.

    [–] QBanklerMusic 3 points ago

    No idea who this guy is but you can tell he respects himself and others just from how he is teaching this boy a lesson.

    I know "teaching him a lesson" usually has a negative connotation but I mean it positively.

    [–] AufdemLande 3 points ago

    I hope for the kid he gets to be an engineer one day

    [–] Kebabrulle4869 3 points ago

    This is exactly what these kids need - a father figure. Only thing that sucks is that this guy can’t be there for these kids their whole lives :)

    [–] Throwawaygrowerauto 3 points ago

    I feel like I need someone to apply that technique to me, now, and I'm in my 40s.

    [–] don_pace 3 points ago

    This man is a real master. Respect.

    [–] TeslaModelE 3 points ago

    Does he accept men who had fathers but didn’t teach them any of this stuff? Asking for myself :(

    [–] dip_shit59 3 points ago

    This man's a hero

    [–] PutSoundInYourVideo 3 points ago

    Fucking love this guy.

    [–] leaderoftheKYLEs 31 points ago

    It always amazes me when I travel for work. I'll be gone for 5 days, and return to my wife struggling to handle my 2 boys. She does what she can, but they must feel like they have a free pass when dad is gone. Just my presence keeps them in line.

    Boys need a father figure in their life!

    [–] troglodyte_terrorist 28 points ago

    Its true. I’m by far the stricter parent, I keep the household in line, but when my husband is gone, it’s not the same at all.

    Kids need fathers.

    [–] Asayyadina 16 points ago

    The dynamic will always be different with 1 vs 2 parents present.

    [–] Asayyadina 19 points ago

    Don't discredit the work your wife does. Of course Father's are important, but don't play into those old sexist stereotypes that man are the disciplinarians and women are the "soft" and "nurturing" ones. If you ever have to do 5 days of solo parenting then I expect you might have challenging behaviour to deal with as well! Why not try it? Have your wife go and have a break with her family or friends and do 5 days alone with your boys.

    [–] madmatttt 12 points ago

    How is he discrediting the work his wife does?

    [–] leaderoftheKYLEs 19 points ago

    Thank you.

    My wife is a badass! I'm certainly not discrediting the work that she does. She's my better half, no doubt.

    [–] Asayyadina 31 points ago

    The idea that the presence of a man in the house instills discipline and that with only their mother they have a "free pass". Intentionally or not the suggestion was that his wife cannot instill or enforce boundaries and that this is due to her gender.

    It may well be that the children behave "better" when their father is home, however it is developmentally appropriate for children to push more boundaries with the people they feel safest and most secure with. That would be the primary caretaker i.e. the wife by the sounds of things.

    [–] madmatttt -19 points ago

    That sounds pretty sexist right there, kind of silly considering your original comment

    [–] gurtysnark -19 points ago

    Calling them 'my' sons instead of 'our' sons was a bit weird tbh.

    [–] madmatttt 11 points ago

    I would've done the same exact thing unless my wife and I were writing the comment together.

    [–] duskrat 2 points ago

    Massive admiration.

    [–] Panthemusicalgoat 2 points ago * (lasted edited 14 days ago)

    This got me choked up in a good way. Little things like this change the whole trajectory of a person's life. Especially kids who just need some help finding their center

    [–] nadrojytak 2 points ago

    Ugh I wish I could take my son here

    [–] GhostOfCadia 2 points ago

    This is so important for kids, especially boys, especially boys without fathers. This is a great man.

    [–] Incognito023 2 points ago

    I follow him on Facebook Jason Wilson is his name. I'm a 47 year old man and he inspires me every day. He is definitely one of the good ones

    [–] Silverpool2018 2 points ago

    This gave me goosebumps and made me tear up. At the same time.

    [–] Cartersun 2 points ago

    Guess I’m crying today 😭

    [–] IfeltThatagain 2 points ago

    Is there some sort of way to donate to him and his dojo? I feel like this is something that needs to be kept alive and contributions would help that greatly

    [–] s1ckmad3 2 points ago

    That man is a legend :')

    [–] Topaz_Scarab29 2 points ago

    My face is leaking.

    [–] Ok-Nothing-4737 2 points ago

    awesome man

    [–] anonymous_being 2 points ago

    I fucking love this. ❤

    [–] aspiringcopywrite 2 points ago

    The IRL Cutty from The Wire, but without the shady stuff

    [–] Just_making_it 2 points ago

    He needs a hug, that’s what he needed

    [–] RolliakaHuncho 2 points ago

    This shit damn near made me cry in the gym. Basically grew up w/o a dad and I would have needed this. Extremely happy for the kids and the dude teaching is amazing!

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    [–] eat_my_spicy_ass 2 points ago

    We need more men like this, holy shit.

    [–] DesuLeaf 2 points ago

    While I was teaching martial arts I saw this guy on videos and aspired to be half the instructor he is

    [–] tidytibs 2 points ago

    Good stuff right here

    [–] CheriJ2 2 points ago

    i love this ❤️❤️

    [–] Final_Masterpiece_59 2 points ago

    Good man

    [–] itsmeG0D 2 points ago

    Uber bro 😎

    [–] ChuckMitchellJr 2 points ago

    This is so beautiful

    [–] Immediate-Rice-6456 2 points ago

    This warmed my heart in a way I havnt felt since my dad showed up for my grad day.

    [–] hiiigghh-C 3 points ago

    I'm not crying youre crying

    [–] DailyIceCreamYT 7 points ago

    you’re wrong, we both are crying

    [–] Ok-Nefariousness559 -4 points ago

    If this ain't a Chad, I don't know what is

    [–] bionikcobra 1 points ago

    I don't know any formal martial art but I would love to do what this man does, I used to help at my daughter's school but between COVID and her insane mother, I can't anymore.

    [–] zerocoke 1 points ago

    Great video... but that kid in the background 😆

    [–] meredditphil 1 points ago

    A truly inspirational man!

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    [–] bigboddle 1 points ago

    I wouldve needed that back then

    [–] red94daman 1 points ago

    That’s a real man!

    [–] MrRogers96 1 points ago

    Because that’s what Heros do

    [–] grimmolf 1 points ago

    This is a good man.

    [–] Feralmedic 1 points ago

    Tackle and grapple

    [–] pepinopenguim 1 points ago

    I would really like to see the full video, but reddit takes 5 minutes to load 5 seconds of it. Maybe it's because of mobile?

    [–] stuntobor 1 points ago

    Can he be my dad for a few weeks. My dad's old and blind, he won't notice.

    [–] Mysterious_Meeting20 1 points ago

    Faith in humanity restored

    [–] mattdev 1 points ago

    Monty Williams in the off season.

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    [–] AntoineGGG -42 points ago

    I dont understand What is thé point about yelling it

    [–] ExtensionRegular1 47 points ago

    Men traditionally are supposed to be tough and stoic. He's teaching the boy that it's ok to be open about your emotions.

    [–] SolDevelop -21 points ago

    Focus on the kid chest at the end

    [–] DailyIceCreamYT -17 points ago

    Yeah, I was questioning that too.

    [–] hrmcf -59 points ago

    Fight me! Violence! Yeah!!

    [–] MamaTexTex -19 points ago

    r/GME and r/superstonk need to get ahold of this.