At an amazing martial arts center in Detroit, the students are learning FAR more than the art of fighting. They learn how to deal with every day emotions as well. Sharath Jason Wilson is teaching his students to break away from the male stereotypes and be honest about their feelings. The Academy also works to strengthen bonds between fathers and sons, and let those with absent fathers know they have somebody to lean on when they need it.

“I’m just really passionate about helping boys, especially those who don’t have their fathers in their lives or who have bought into the concept of what we call a false masculinity. We’re not allowed to be emotional. From the culture to certain media outlets, it’s promoted for us to wear this Superman outfit and cape. “