Jason Cather is a teacher of the liberal arts and martial arts traditions, living on Chicago’s south side. He received his BA from Maryville College (TN), where he designed his own major in the philosophy and sociology of religions. He holds an MA and a PhD in the philosophy of religion from the University of Chicago, where he was awarded a fellowship at the Martin Marty Center in 2014. He teaches philosophy and religious studies at colleges and universities in the Chicago area. His academic interests cover a range of topics. He incorporates martial arts training in his academic courses.
Jason’s martial training has covered several arts throughout his life. Most recently, he has trained in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu for over a decade, and joined the Shingitai-Ichi Dojo in 2010. After leading a small training group as a junior instructor during graduate school, he traveled to Japan in 2016 to become a licensed instructor of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.
An avid outdoorsman, Jason has also provided outdoor education to a variety of audiences. His diverse experience ranges from teaching nuclear plant engineers rappelling skills to leading an environmental stewardship program at a school for at-risk youth. From 2002-2005, he was a ropes-course facilitator (lead instructor from 2003-05) and adventure camp leader with the YMCA. He worked with corporate groups on team-building exercises, and lead adventure groups on climbing, mountain biking, orienteering, and whitewater rafting trips. After college he moved to California to volunteer with AmeriCorps. There, his time was divided between writing service-learning grants for Jill Kinmont Boothe School and taking the students on community service projects throughout the Owens Valley. Professionally, he has lead camping trips throughout the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, the Shining Rock Wilderness of North Carolina, and the High Sierra and Death Valley of California.
Jason’s personal adventures have taken him snowshoeing across California glaciers, hitchhiking in Ladakh, and most recently to the South Side of Chicago, where he lives with his wife and their two sons. He can be found online at JasonCather.com