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Come join Krav Maga Israel in their short-term MASA Program. The program is constructed of intensive training in Krav Maga, seminars in Israeli culture, history and advocacy, a Hebrew course (ulpan), volunteering projects, and trips and tours throughout Israel. The program strives to provide quality Krav Maga as well as a meaningful immersion in Israel. After the course, you will gain an appreciation for the land where Krav Maga developed. Krav Maga Israel believes that every individual has the right to learn self defense and makes every effort to make the program accessible for people of all backgrounds and physical capabilities.
Accommodation is included in the package price. Contact Krav Maga Israel for further information.
Krav Maga Israel MASA Program is an immersive training course sponsored by MASA Journey which is available to young adults who wish to immerse themselves in the world of Krav Maga as well as experience the country where Krav Maga originated. The goal of this program are:
Strengthening personal confidence and leadership skills through training inKrav Maga
Increasing well-being, both physical and mental
Teaching Krav Maga techniques that are applicable to everyday life
Exposing participants to the history and culture of Israeli
During the Krav Maga Israel MASA Program, Krav Maga training is held 2 days a week, 6 hours per day. The qualified and professional trainers give individual attention to each and every participant, ensuring that you achieve your highest level of ability. The Krav Maga courses are based upon the use of the natural reflexes of the body. Every single person has these natural reflexes, no matter their age or level of physical fitness, therefore anyone can participate in our training. You will be taught how to recognize these reflexes, strengthen them, and utilize them for self defense.
Ulpan studies take place for 3 hours a day twice a week. While the Krav Maga Israel programming is conducted in English, it is hugely beneficial to study Hebrew while you are here. It will help you become more independent in Israel and give you the ability to connect with Israelis more easily. If you are coming to the program with some Hebrew ability already, do not worry. There are classes available for all levels, and a placement test is given upon arrival to the program.
Trips give you the opportunity to further explore each part of Israel. One day a week is devoted to field trips and tours throughout Israel, with many extending into overnights or weekend trips. During the trips you will learn about Israeli culture and history and meet Israelis of all different backgrounds. Some of the main areas that will be focused on will be Jerusalem, The Golan and Galilee, The Negev Desert (Be’er Sheva), Tel Aviv, and famous historical sites such as Masada. If the trip extends into an overnight or weekend trip, accommodation and meals will be provided. All traveling will be done through private buses hired by Krav Maga Israel, and there will be a security guard and medic on staff at all times.
Two days a week, six hours per day are devoted to volunteering projects. You will have the opportunity to meet Israelis whom are less fortunate and connect to the Jewish value of “tikun olam,” or repairing the world. There are many different volunteering opportunities to choose from, such as work in schools, soup kitchens, food pantries, and nursing homes.
2-4 hours a week are devoted to seminars and lectures. You will get an in depth view into Israeli history and culture, Zionism, and advocacy for Israel, among other related topics. Seminars will be conducted by experts in these fields. No two seminars will be alike. Each will cover information that details important aspects of Israeli history and its current existence. Seminars will be conducted in a fun and interactive way. For example, one Israeli history seminar will cover the establishment and need for the State of Israel by the Jews, and another will cover the various large waves of immigration to Israel throughout the history of the country. In these seminars you will learn applicable advocacy tools that can be used throughout your life.
2-4 hours a week are devoted to culture immersion activities. KMI would like you to have the “full” Israeli experience. In addition to trips and seminars, you will meet with Israelis from all different backgrounds including Ethiopians, Russians, Moroccans, Yemenites, North Americans, and many more. You will also meet peers from around the world with similar interests. Immerse yourself in a culture as varied as the people themselves, broaden your perspective, and have life-changing experiences that will last a lifetime.
Krav Maga ('contact combat' in Hebrew) is an Israeli self-defence system that is considered the most effective self-defence system in the world. In Krav Maga, KMI teach people to function during the stress and shock of a sudden, violent attack so that they have the best chances of surviving and keeping themselves and their loved ones safe.
What makes Krav Maga so powerful is that it is designed for real-world problems, including dangerous attacks and threats, a wide range of grabs and chokes, attacks with various weapons including sticks, knives and guns, and dealing with multiple attackers.
To prepare ourselves as realistically as possible, KMI train in real-world scenarios and environments, so frequently training will take place outside, in stairwells, in car parks, in alleys, in vehicles... anywhere where an attack may take place. This gives students an appreciation of the differences in environment, lighting, sound, ground surfaces etc all as part of being better prepared for the situation we hope they are never in.
But fundamentally, Krav Maga hopes to teach students how to avoid a violent confrontation. Yes, Krav Maga teaches explosive fighting and defensive skills, but more importantly, Krav Maga teaches students to be aware of themselves and their environment and to know how to avoid a potentially life-threatening situation.
Importantly, Krav Maga is easy to learn because it harnesses a person’s natural reactions and reflexes. Students of all levels with no combative experience can progress quite quickly to a level where they feel capable of handling most basic scenarios. As a bonus, Krav Maga also improves fitness, endurance and physical conditioning.
Krav Maga is accessible to everyone – children, women, adults, even the elderly – because it teaches basic principles of safety and self-defence and targets an attacker’s vulnerable areas. But while Krav Maga is accessible to everyone, it is renowned for its effectiveness for military, law enforcement, executive protection and SWAT units where a more aggressive and forceful approach may be needed.
Krav Maga Israel is the brand name for the international projects carried out by Shalom College. It includes the many self-defense courses, martial arts training and certification classes and special educational programs that we offer worldwide.
Shalom College was founded in 1993 by Grand Master Dror Shalom. Their goal is to enhance the health, safety and confidence of participants of all ages and to help reduce violence rates in Israel and around the world through the self-defense practice of Krav Maga. The centerpiece of their operations in Israel is their Self-Defense Reflex program, a Krav Maga self-defense system created by Shalom College to combat youth violence in schools across Israel. Over the years, this program has been adapted to teach self-defense in a variety of educational, professional and security environments.
They also offer a series of corporate enrichment seminars focusing on team-building, assertiveness and confidence-building. The instructors at Shalom College come from a variety of different backgrounds and each bring a unique skill set to their training sessions. The instructors have personally trained under Sensei Shalom and represent the very highest caliber of Krav Maga professionals.
Trips give you the opportunity to further explore each part of Israel. One day a week is devoted to field trips and tours throughout Israel, with many extending into overnights or weekend trips. During the trips you will learn about Israeli culture and history and meet Israelis of all different backgrounds. Some of the main areas that will be focused on will be Jerusalem, The Golan and Galilee, The Negev Desert (Be’er Sheva), Tel Aviv, and famous historical sites such as Masada.
Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem. Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Its financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for Bauhaus architecture, beaches and nightlife. Israel is also known for being the birthplace of Krav Maga.
Food is not included in the price. Participants will need to take care of their own meals during the training period.
Extreme sports trips: hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting, diving, and more
Group cultural activities
Meeting with army officials
Trips to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Masada, The Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, the Golan Heights, the Kinneret, and Eilat