We do not use a colored belt ranking system because colored belts were never a part of any ancient martial arts tradition. There are two stories behind the history of belt colors in martial arts. The first proposes that belt colors (as indicators of rank) originated in a peculiar habit that still exists to this day of washing all of one’s training clothes except the belt. As training progressed, the most dedicated, hard working and experienced student’s white belt would eventually become black from not washing it. The second story is that the system of belt rankings was implemented into martial arts by Japanese martial artist, Jigoro Kano (1860-1938). After introducing Judo into Japanese grade schools and colleges, he adopted the belt ranking system from Suijutsu (Japanese Combative Swimming) to differentiate between the various skill levels of his pupils and to gauge their progress. Sadly, what once represented something valuable and honorable, has now become a tool or gimmick for capital gain, not personal development. The original belt ranking system had only 3 colors; nowadays there’s over 12 colors with various combinations and stickers to keep students motivated to stay for the wrong reason, and of course to pay testing and monthly tuition fees. Bruce Lee, undoubtedly the most influential martial artist of our time was never a black belt in any martial art. He saw the flaws in the colored belt ranking system, and believed that belt rankings give a false sense of security, completion and skill level. So he coined the phrase, “A belt is only good for holding your pants up.”
We place a strong emphasis on biblical warrior-hood; where each student (disciple) focuses on sharpening each other, not surpassing each other in training (Pro 27:17). We do not desire to create “black belts”, but warriors of God that will stand bold against every form of evil. Men that will fight spiritually and if necessary physically, to lead their families, communities and churches from generation to generation.
No. the Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy (CATTA) is not exclusive to any ethnic group. It just so happen that the only ethnicity seemingly interested thus far has been males of African decent. It wasn’t until our two videos went viral did we begin to receive calls from other ethnic groups. We delight in the commandments of Adonai (the LORD) and submit to the teachings of Yahushua (Jesus), thus we despise racism. Our training will always be rooted in His love.
Yes. Historically, Israel has always been a nation under attack. Many people do not know that the Israelites possess a mighty warrior tradition that has been kept and developed over thousands of years and still is taught and practiced today. It’s called Abir. Abir is the fighting system of the people of Israel, it is written to have began with the three patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It was during this period in history that Hebrew Abir warriors (or “Habiru”) entered the land of Cana’an and subsequently moved southwest into Egypt with the journey of Jacob and his family (Genesis 46). Over several hundred years, Abir was developed in Kemet (ancient Egypt) Africa where the combative art form Montu was already established. Abir was finally brought back into the land of Canaan which was conquered by the Israelites, and the land was called Israel. Similar to the Cave of Adullam, Abir provides a deep, spiritual expression of faith and commitment to the God of Israel through martial arts training.
Biblically from Abram to Moses to David, men were trained from father to son in the art of war (i.e. martial arts). In Genesis 14:14 we read that when Abram heard that Lot was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, to go rescue him. In Exodus 15:3, Moses calls Adonai a “Warrior God”. Many to this day still ineptly say that God would never use martial arts to train young Christian men because of it’s pagan roots. If this was biblically accurate, the LORD would not have orchestrated Moses being discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter, and then raised and trained in the systems of the Egyptians. One of which was martial arts. This explains how Moses alone was able to stand up and rescue Jetho’s daughters from the hands of many evil shepherds (Exodus 2:17). Martial arts did not originate in Asia, but in Africa and India as fighting systems. Asia took what they learned from Africa and India, and created martial arts for their culture. It’s true that many Asian martial arts are rooted in Buddhism, QI (KI energy power) and cosmic Yin and Yang; but the Cave of Adullam only teaches the principles of God through His word and combative training, like the LORD taught David and the other servants of Israel (Genesis 14:14, 49:24, 2 Samuel 22:35, Psalm 18:34, 144:1).
As mentioned above, we evaluate each student/disciple by the way they live their lives outside the Cave of Adullam. Anticipated results include but not limited to:
- A greater appreciation and knowledge of the Bible
- A desire for prayer and biblical meditation
- Improved academic performance and a reduction/elimination of detentions/suspensions
- The confidence to walk away from a fight (if possible) and the skill to defend themselves (if needed)
- Improved physical fitness and endurance
- Improved social behavior with parents, teachers and classmates
- The ability to make sound decisions regarding friendships and peer pressure
- A greater sense of individual purpose and community responsibility
The head instructor Jason Wilson is certified with the American Heart Association for First Aid, CPR and AED. The parent or guardian of the injured student will be contacted immediately upon incident. All precautions will be taken to insure a student’s safety.
The Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy is not a martial arts school, but a comprehensive physical, mental and emotional stability training system. So to ensure that each recruit remains focused during each training, we do not accept unannounced visits. However we allow potential students and their parents/guardians, one visit by appointment only. If interested, please click HERE to download application and follow the instruction.
No. However we do offer discounts for paying in advance for training. Please contact us for more details.
No. Our purpose is to teach, train, and transform uninitiated boys into comprehensive men of the Most High. If I allowed our recruits to compete, I would have to shift our classes from spiritual, mental, sociological, and physical—to 100% physical. If that happened, I would have deviated from our mission. Which is to create a generation of comprehensive men who are physically conscious, mentally astute and spiritually strong enough to navigate through the pressures of this world without succumbing to their negative emotions. Although there’s a great value in training in the arts, we only use them as one of many tools to accomplish our mission. I do not want our recruits to be interested in accumulating championship trophies or awards—but focused only on learning how to fight the good fight, spiritually, mentally, sociologically and physically—in order to obtain the eternal reward (James 1:12).