The Excelsior Program uses the principles and practices of meditation and martial arts to impact the lives of underserved youth.
Our program aims to decrease truancy while building communication and conflict resolution skills via the principles of meditation and deep breathing. Because our work is informed by the values of passive martial arts, our participants learn self-discipline, physical and mental health as well as empathy towards one’s opponent.
These principles allow for immediate adaptation to adversity and require critical thinking under pressure. We utilize group discussion and restorative justice techniques to establish self-awareness and increase communication and conflict resolution skills.
Building resiliency techniques and empowering Saint Louis’ youth to a higher consciousness and improved physical fitness is the mission of The Excelsior Program.
Discipline and consistency. I owe these two factors all have attained in my life. Things have never happened overnight. Results have appeared as a consequence of decades long toil. It is necessary to persist.
There is no losing in jiu jitsu. You either win or you learn.
A man of peace, confident in himself, dominates his adversary with his moral strength. Not with his physical power.