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5 Months Fitness and Martial Arts Training in Israel

Martial Arts and Fitness Training Israel

Budokan Israel's martial arts and fitness program focuses on strengthening the mind, body, and spirit. With intensive training in Krav Maga, Judo, and Karate taught by world-class instructors, you will develop the well-rounded skill set needed for success in martial arts and in life. All of your training at Budokan Israel will take place in the context of exploring Israel and learning Hebrew while giving you the time you need to explore and make lifelong friends in the process.

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  • All levels are welcome
  • Hebrew lessons and hands-on history studies
  • Intensive daily training in Krav Maga, Judo, and Karate
  • Regular fitness instruction including beach training and guided gym workouts
  • Exploring Israel both tourist and historical and religious sites
  • Airport transfers from and to Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)
  • 149 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


108 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Budokan Israel is the complete adventure for anyone looking to find themselves against the backdrop of thousands of years of Jewish history. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a first aid course run by Magen David Adom. Alongside the training, recovery and injury prevention course is done by one of the professional trainers. Participants will also have the chance to explore Israel by visiting the holy city of Jerusalem, having fun in Tel Aviv, floating in the Dead Sea, hiking the ancient fortress of Massada at sunrise and much more.


You could be searching for a gap-year or post-college timeout, want to get in better shape, or eager to learn real-life self-defense techniques developed by the Israel Defense Force. With hard work and dedication, you can achieve your first Krav Maga, Judo, or Karate belt or add a higher-ranking belt to your experience. All skill levels are welcome. You must within 17 - 30 years old to participate in this program.

An unforgettable, life-changing experience

The participants will gain a priceless sense of self-empowerment through Budokan Israel’s unique and well-rounded program. They also create lifelong friendships and unbreakable ties to Israel. The program includes:

  • Self-defense courses based on martial arts training
  • Intensive training in Krav Maga, Judo, and Karate
  • World-class instruction taught by Israel Defense Force's elite soldiers, Olympic coaches, and martial arts champions
  • Regular fitness instruction, including beach training
  • Meaningful volunteer opportunities
  • Hebrew language (Ulpan) classes
  • Tours of Israel’s beautiful and historical landscape
  • Hikes across Israel's breathtaking nature trails
  • Social outings and introductions to Israeli culture
  • International friends to support you through this life-changing adventure
  • History courses about Jewish and Israeli heroes
  • Special guest lecturers, with topics ranging from academia to martial arts
  • Sarel, an intensive weeklong volunteer program alongside Israel Defense Force soldiers
  • First aid certification with Magen David Adom
  • Training, recovery, and injury prevention course
  • A unique and challenging desert excursion that includes hiking, camel riding, learning survival skills, and more

Program schedule

All program takes place Sunday through Thursday. Most weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) and holidays are open for participants to travel around Israel and visit family or friends. Should they choose not to, participants are more than welcome to stay on campus. Schedule is subject to change.


  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Judo
  • 11:00 History
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 Karate
  • 18:00 Dinner


  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Hebrew
  • 11:00 Krav Maga
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 Group activity
  • 18:00 Movie night


  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Judo
  • 11:00 Kickboxing
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 Kendo
  • 18:00 Dinner


  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Hebrew
  • 11:00 Karate
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Meeting
  • 18:00 Israeli cooking night


  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Judo
  • 11:00 Krav Maga
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 Aikido
  • 18:00 Dinner

Friday and Saturday

  • Free days

Financial aid

Financial assistance in the form of grants and scholarships is available for qualified candidates through Budokan Israel's affiliation with MASA. Applicants may apply for MASA funding once they have submitted the required application deliverables. MASA grant amounts are based on age and country of origin.

In addition to the grant, scholarships are available on the basis of need, as determined by gross income. The scholarship amount is determined by the participant’s financial need, country of origin, and the length and cost of the program. Not all applicants are eligible for this scholarship.


Upon completion of the 5-month program, you will receive internationally recognized certification for each discipline, belt testing, and total hours of training.

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 to 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.


Yonah Melnik
Yonah studied in Philadelphia for two years before spending a year practicing in Tokyo under the guidance of Takahiko Ishikawa and Isao Okano. He received his first Dan in 1969 and his eighth Dan in 2012. He has won 14 national championships and also won at the Maccabiah Games in 1973 and 1977. He's participated in ten European championships and two world championships. He was a member of the Israeli Olympic team at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, as well as the 1980 Moscow Olympics. He taught and served as a national master coach for many years, including the Israeli Olympic Judo team.


This martial training is located in Israel.



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


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Toiletries

Things to do (optional)

Although the program is thoughtfully structured, you’ll find that you have more than enough time to yourself - whether that’s for rest and relaxation, visiting with family, or spending more time in the gym. Most weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) are free, as are most holidays.

What's included

  • 149 nights accommodation
  • Hebrew lessons and history studies
  • Laundry facilities
  • Martial arts instruction and private dojo access
  • Tours of Israel
  • Transfers from Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport (TLV). Transfers from and to this airport is included. Budokan Israel will pick you up at the airport and take you to the camp site.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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