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4 Weeks Martial Arts Camp in Israel

Martial Arts Training in Israel

Beginners or advanced martial arts practitioners, you are all welcome to join Budokan Israel's summer camp where you will have the chance to not only train in various forms of martial arts among world champions, but also learn about the Hebrew language and Israeli history. The camp will include excursions across the country to give you a true understanding of the amazing land of Israel.


  • Training in Krav Maga, Judo, and Karate
  • Challenging and fun fitness program on the beach
  • World-class instruction by Olympic coaches and martial arts champions
  • Hiking and outdoor adventures across Israel’s beautiful nature trails
  • History course on Jewish and Israeli heroes, Hebrew classes
  • Touring and experiencing the magnificent Israeli landscape
  • Social outings and introduction to Israeli culture
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided
  • 27 nights accommodations

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


20 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Participants stay at the Onim Youth Village, located in the center of Kfar Saba - a mid-size city in the heart of the Sharon area - just a short bus ride away from the beaches of Tel Aviv. With more than 60,000 square meters of landscaped property, Onim is a kibbutz-like setting with all the conveniences of a city.

Onim is home to 190 children, youth and adults from a variety of backgrounds, who receive a wide array of programs and services to meet their individual needs. This offers you an opportunity to meet Israelis and volunteer on campus.

Additionally, The Onim Youth Village is located within walking distance from the Areem Mall - the largest mall in town - which is well-known for its shops, restaurants, and movie theater.

Onim Youth Village hosts the Sheked building, which will be your new home while at Budokan Israel. The Sheked building is surrounded by green lawns and is only a minute’s walk away to the cafeteria and all campus recreational facilities. Budokan Israel's office is conveniently located across from the Sheked building.

You'll enjoy a spacious, comfortable double- or triple-room with a private bathroom. The Sheked building has full amenities and a common room equipped with a kitchenette and laundry facilities. Hang out in the common room and chat with new friends, listen to music or relax with a movie on the cable TV. Wireless internet is also available in your room and the common room.

Stroll through our vast village and explore our recreational facilities: including a kosher dining hall, private dojo for additional training opportunities, classroom areas, basketball and tennis courts, soccer field, gymnasium, and seasonal swimming pool (open April through August).


The program focuses on martial arts with intensive training in Krav Maga, Judo, and Karate. You will have the opportunity to learn and sharpen your martial arts skills while getting to the peak of physical fitness and mental discipline. This program takes place in an Israel-loving framework where you will meet and train with young adults from all over the world.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the history, people, and culture as they experience Israel with Budokan. All programs have been designed to suit a wide range of skill levels and abilities from beginners to more advanced students. This unique 4-week journey includes:

Intensive trainings in Krav Maga, Judo, and Karate

World-class instruction by Olympic coaches and martial arts champions

Challenging and fun beach fitness program

Touring and experiencing the magnificent Israeli landscape

Hebrew language classes (Ulpan)

History course on Jewish and Israeli heroes

Hiking and outdoor adventures across Israel’s beautiful nature trails

Social outings and introduction to Israeli culture

Volunteer opportunities

A fun and international group of friends to support you through your life-changing adventure

Weekly schedule


8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Judo

11:00 History

12:30 Lunch

15:00 Karate

18:00 Dinner


8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Hebrew

11:00 Krav Maga

12:30 Lunch

15:00 Group activity

18:00 Movie night


8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Judo

11:00 Kickboxing

12:30 Lunch

15:00 Kendo

18:00 Dinner


8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Hebrew

11:00 Karate

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Meeting

18:00 Israeli cooking night


8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Judo

11:00 Krav Maga

12:30 Lunch

15:00 Aikido

18:00 Dinner

Friday/Saturday: Free

Martial arts


Judo consists of throwing and grappling techniques to suit all shapes and sizes. It is a real fighting sport where you actually come to grips with your opponent, specializing in close-in fighting - just what you need for effective self-defense. It emphasizes free-form practice rather than rigid, repetitive routines, and this freedom of expression provides interest, enjoyment and a challenge for any tactician.

The benefits of Judo are numerous. Apart from having a lot of fun and meeting people, the ‘judoka’ develops confidence, coordination and balance, falling skills, efficiency of movement, and self-defense skills. It is the perfect activity for improving one’s physical fitness, as training in judo improves aerobic capacity, flexibility and strength, and is an excellent activity to complement other sports. Indeed the principles of Judo can not only be applied to other sports, but as a way of approaching and living life.

Krav Maga

Krav Maga Overview

Krav Maga is a practical and tactical system which teaches how to prevent, deal, and overcome all kinds of violence and attacks. Krav Maga prepares the trainees in the subjects of self-defence, self protection, fighting and combat skills, as well as skills to defend others, all in unique and comprehensive teachings and way. Krav-Maga was developed in Israel, under realistic demands and conditions.

Krav Maga is a horizontal system with a unique and logical approach. It is easy to learn and retain, performed naturally and intuitively, and practically be used under stressful conditions. An essential part of Krav Maga is its teaching process, methodology and ways of training.

Krav-Maga includes the subjects of:

Prevention, avoidance, escape, and evasion.

Dealing with throws and falls to all directions and angles.

Attacks and counterattacks, performed to all targets, distances, ranges, heights, angles, directions and in all rhythms. Executed from all positions and postures. Use of all sorts of common objects for defensive purposes.

Defending all unarmed attacks: punches, strikes and kicks. Releases from all sorts of grabs and holds. Defending all armed attacks and threats of knife and sharp objects; of sticks bars and other blunt objects; of all kind of firearms.

Dealing with the above attacks when sent from all possible directions and places; When are performed by a single or multiple attackers; when attacks occur in all possible places, positions and postures. Including in confined or open areas; in an ally, staircase, car; On all types of grounds; In water; when free or in limited space of movement; While standing, on the move, sitting down, laying down on the back, side or facing down.

Physical and mental control and disarm.

Krav Maga prepares the trainees to function in all circumstances and scenarios, in all combat and fighting environments, according to their needs, risks they are facing and job descriptions. Krav Maga enables and brings technical, tactical, physical and mental growth and improvements.

Krav-Maga contains special approaches, tactics, techniques, subjects, drills, and training methods for the different sectors: civilians of all ages, men and women, young and old; law-enforcement officers; military personnel and units; correction service officers and wardens; security officers; close protection officers; undercover agents; anti-terrorists groups; air-marshals; special and commando units.

Krav Maga History

The art of Krav Maga was founded by Imi Lichtenfeld (Sde - Or). Imi was born in Bratislava to a renowned police officer and circus acrobat. As a child, Imi excelled in various sports such as wrestling and boxing and practiced several martial arts. When anti-semite riots began to spread through his home town, Imi and his family were forced to immigrate to Israel (Palestine at the time).

In 1948, once Israel had declared its independence, IDF's (Israeli Defense Force) officials approached Imi and requested him to develop a system of self defense and fighting based upon his experience and his work with special forces units as the 'Hagana', 'Palmach', and 'Palyam'.

During his 20 years of service as chief instructor of hand-to-hand combat, Imi carefully refined the methods of Krav Maga, making it the official combative training for all military personnel, Israeli police, and security forces. Imi developed a doctrine enabling both fit and out-of-shape soldiers to practice it successfully. Rather than rigid movements and techniques requiring years of training, Krav Maga integrated instinctive and simple moves accessible to all.

In 1964, Imi retired from the IDF and continued teaching Krav Maga to civilians, as well as law enforcement units and military applications. The Krav Maga association was founded by Imi and several of his students in 1978, aiming to promote Krav Maga's unique techniques locally and throughout the world.


Self Defense

Karate is a martial art of self defense. The Japanese characters which form the word Karate mean "empty hands". Literally, this means that the Karate practitioner uses his unarmed body to aid him in a reliable system of self defense.

As a method of self-defense, Karate is probably as old as the human race. However, only in recent years has this method of empty-hand defense taken on a vast scientific approach in which body movement, timing, balance, and even psychology are studied and applied in formulating techniques that are effective against any would-be assailant.

Physical Discipline

Many people have fallen victim to an undisciplined, over indulgent, and stressful society. A look around clearly shows man's poor condition. Disregarding the need to balance our activities with proper exercise creates obesity, chronic back pain, weak and flabby muscles, poor posture, minimal flexibility, lack of endurance, tension, depression and emotional instability.

The superb co-ordination and stamina required in executing each Karate movement demands the utmost from your body. With training, you will learn to strengthen your body with proper exercises. In time, each part of your body will take a new dimension of conditioning and growth. Learning these skills will aid you in eliminating and preventing a variety of illnesses and other conditions that cause your body to deteriorate. Karate training brings about a great physical high which will overcome any temptation to indulge in drugs, alcohol, or junk food.

Mental Discipline

Self-defense does not in itself create a worthy art. Karate-Do involves mental training as well as physical training. It is hoped that the practitioner will open new doors of learning and understanding - that exercise will take greater meaning. After many hours of practice, the meaning of "Kara" or "empty" will change from the literal definition to a deeper, more aesthetic meaning - ridding the mind of negative thoughts and feelings thereby creating space for useful actions more worthy of cultivation.

Spiritual Discipline

As harmonious interaction of mind and body evolves, the practitioner will come to realise that we are mere links in the chain of life. Practising Karate only to prepare for an attack that may never come proves useless. Striving to strengthen one's mind and body only to achieve worldly happiness would also prove useless if death comes tomorrow. One must learn to expand his thoughts beyond the physical realm in to the spiritual sphere. Learn to forget yourself and to adapt to the pace of nature, and you will learn to accept the absolute truth. You must study this well.

Budokan Israel

Emphasizing ethical, spiritual, and individual development, Budokan Israel is a training center where you study Budo, a Japanese term for various traditional martial arts. The study of Budo builds your self-confidence, enhances your fitness, equips you for emergency situations, and is an asset that improves your daily life.

Specifically, the term “BUDO” is a composite word: Bu = Martial arts and Do = The path or way. When put together, Budo = the path of the warrior.

Although different Budo disciplines may vary in physical technique, they all share the general concept that training enhances the connection between the mind, body and spirit. The mind develops through concentration, focus, and self-discipline. The body becomes fit while learning to defend oneself. The spiritual connection brings emotional stability and a way to live in harmony and balance with the world.

Simply put, Budokan Israel's mission is:

Connect with your own Jewish identity, while connecting with other young men and women from around the world. You’ll learn about the inspiring story of Jewish survival, from Biblical times to the miraculous creation of modern Israel.

Build strong minds, bodies, and spirits through world-class martial arts training. Their empowerment program improves your fitness, sharpens your personal skills, and boosts your self-confidence - fully equipping you to take on any challenge life may bring.

Grow as a person and as a leader. By building the inner fortitude to defend yourself and your ideas, you’ll be inspired to become active and take on a leadership role in your local community.

Included excursions

There will be plenty of excursions to experience the magnificent Israeli landscape, hiking and outdoor adventures across Israel’s beautiful nature trails, and social outings and introduction to Israeli culture. These will take place during the weekend when there are no training or classes. Budokan Israel will provide you with the list of specific activities and excursions.


Kfar Saba

Kfar Saba is located in the Sharon region, just north of Petah Tikva and east of Rananna. The major landscape there is central plains. In 1896, Baron de Rothschild bought the land that is today Kfar Saba. The settlement's first 18 permanent homes were built between 1913 and 1915. During 1924, the settlement saw an increase in the number of new settlers and for a while it was once again on its way to recovery.

In 1924, the settlement experienced an increase in settlers primarliy involved in the citurs industry. Many new immigrants settled in Kfar Saba after World War II. Kfar Saba was establised as a city in 1962. Today, Kafar Saba has a population of more than 82,000.

The Sharon National Park is located near Kfar Saba and is one of the attractions for tourists when visiting the city, among the Archaeological Museum of Kfar-Saba, the Kfar Saba Race, Benjamin's Tomb, the first well, Amrami's Dairy Farm, remnants of the biblical Capharsaba, abandoned steel factory (Tzomet Pladah), and Nordenstein House.



  • Fitness center
  • Gym
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shopping nearby
  • Tennis court


  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area


  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry
  • Toiletries


Food is included in the price. Three Kosher meals a day will be provided.

Things to do (optional)

Enjoy the nearby beach

Learn Hebrew

Make new friends with local people and other participants

What's included

  • 27 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals per day
  • A fun and international group of friends to support you through your life-changing adventure
  • Challenging and fun beach fitness program
  • Extensive training in Karate, Judo, and Krav Maga
  • Hebrew language classes (Ulpan)
  • Hiking and outdoor adventures across Israel’s beautiful nature trails
  • History course on Jewish and Israeli heroes
  • Social outings and introduction to Israeli culture
  • Touring and experiencing the magnificent Israeli landscape
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • World-class instruction by Olympic Coaches and Martial Arts Champions

What's not included

  • Airfare travel
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Tel Aviv Airport (TLV). Budokand Israel will pick you up at the airport and take you to the camp site.

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