The Cave of Adullam 

The Cave of Adullam is a Transformational Training Academy is based in Detroit Michigan. Our mission is to create a generation of 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. We are able to accomplish this mission through our comprehensive physical, mental and emotional stability training system Musar Shalem which translates “complete discipline”. Through Mūsar Shalem, boys and young men are introduced to the root of their unresolved anger, anxieties, lack of focus and fears, while being taught how to introspectively confront and conquer them with composure. We evaluate each student’s personal growth through individual, school and home monitoring, so that all areas of their lives are enriched emotionally, socially, mentally, academically and physically. Students who commit to this system and were consistent in attendance showed significant changes that were sustainable. In a 2009 16-week module, 80% of the recruits improved their school based behavioral honor level from three to one (three being the lowest, one being the highest). In a 2011 COATTA 16-week module, 73% of the recruits increased their grade point average by a full letter grade. Our target group is 6-9th grade students. To learn more, please visit the CATTA’s website by clicking HERE.

Background and Experience

Mr. Jason Wilson is the Founder and CEO of the Yunion (pronounced union); a non-profit youth development organization in the city of Detroit. Since 2003, the Yunion has successfully countered the negative cultural influences that misdirect the lives of youth by raising awareness and strengthening families through innovative prevention programming, group mentoring, parental engagement and counseling. Under his leadership, the Yunion has effectively reached more than 10,000 youth and young adults in Metro Detroit. In 2008, Wilson’s heart for fatherless and misguided black boys inspired him to create and lead the Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy (CATTA). In the CATTA, boys and young men are introduced to the root of their unresolved anger, anxieties, lack of focus and fears, while being taught how to introspectively confront and conquer them with composure.

In 2013, Wilson received the BMe Leadership Award for his sacrificial work and service in the CATTA and the Detroit community. In 2015, Wilson received the Campaign for Black Male Achievement’s Innovation Accelerator Award for demonstrating powerful results in improving the life outcomes of black boys and men, and for having the passion to increase his local and national leadership while catalyzing systemic change. In 2016, Wilson received the President’s Volunteer Service Award in Washington D.C. in acknowledgment for having served his community for 500 or more hours and making a positive impact as an engaged and deeply committed volunteer in Detroit. In 2016, Wilson’s work in the CATTA received global attention for their viral videos, garnering over 40 million views globally. As a result, Wilson appeared on the Dr. Oz Show for his emotional stability training and presented the CATTA at President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Showcase at the White House.

Wilson has over 24 years of martial arts experience, in addition to over 15 years of training and developing young black males. Wilson is a faithful husband of 18 years and a proud father of two beautiful children.

Anticipated Results

  • Improved academic performance
  • Detentions/Suspensions reduced and/or eliminated
  • Improved relationship and social/emotional behavior with parents, teachers and classmates
  • Ability to resolve conflict
  • The confidence to walk away from a fight (if possible)
  • Greater Sense of Individual purpose & community responsibility
  • Increased physical fitness and endurance


History & Mission Video