Sensei Dror Shalom, founder of Masa Israel’s Krav Maga Israel, was given a name that means both peace and freedom for a reason. Born during the Six Day War in 1967, his parents prayed that Israel would be able to defend itself.
Not only did their hopes come true within days, but their son, Dror went on to become a martial arts expert, finishing first in karate in Israel’s national competition, and becoming the chief instructor of Krav Maga in the Israeli army.
“Krav Maga is about protecting oneself in any situation,” says Shalom. “Unlike in traditional martial arts, in which you need to spend at least five years just to build up a small base of knowledge, Krav Maga is for anyone who wants to learn how to defend themselves in real time.”
Shalom, who spent years teaching martial arts in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand, also developed a widely-taught course in self-defense for students in Israeli schools, as well as another one for doctors with agitated patients in Israeli hospitals. “The courses give individuals techniques that they can use in any situation, as well as self-confidence, focus and control,” says Shalom.
Krav Maga Israel, the new five month Masa Israel program for young adults from all over the world, combines Krav Maga training, army boot camp, extreme sports, and the opportunity to volunteer with Israeli war veterans.
Participants also receive an intensive Hebrew Ulpan, take part in seminars in Israeli history, and travel throughout Israel during their five month experience. Upon completing the program, participants will receive an international certificate in Krav Maga.