Alex | Masa Israel

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I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Budokan and would highly advise it to anyone. Prior to the program, I had just finished college and was working a job I hated and overall just felt stagnant in life; like I wasn't achieving any of my dreams or growing on a personal level. One of my longtime ambitions was to learn Krav Maga, and after visiting a couple of local Dojos in Chicago, I quickly realized the only way to truly learn Krav Maga was to go to Israel and do it. I didn't really search for Budokan, Budokan actually found me. I was at another lackluster Krav Maga class in Chicago when I saw the Budokan flyer and instantly knew this was the place for me.
Although I had very little Krav Maga experience, I excelled in all of the martial arts classes. I think my favorite part of the program was how well rounded the martial arts training was; not only did we learn Krav Maga, Judo, and Karate, but we also learned a little Jui Jitsu, Ike Jitso, Tae Kwon Do and Kendo. And the coolest part about all of it was learning with kids from all different walks of life and from all across the world. Being here at Budokan has inspired me to continue my martial arts training, and above all, to never stop learning. I now aspire to stay in Israel to earn my black belt in Krav Maga and a masters degree.