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The El HaLev Training School
for Instructors

training school of the El HaLev, along with our sister organization ESD Global, is the leading organization in the world for training instructors for Empowerment Self-Defense. Our curriculum guides you on a transformative journey, nurturing personal and professional growth while mastering the core principles of our methodology. 

As an integral part of the El HaLev training school, acknowledged by the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sports, we train dozens of instructors annually through our unique training courses, a comprehensive advanced training program, and meticulous professional instruction and mentoring from our experienced senior training team. 


We offer:

1. Unique Curriculum Blend: Embark on a learning journey with our exclusive curriculum that seamlessly merges martial arts training with specialized empowerment through self-defense instruction.

2. Experienced Senior Faculty: Our school takes pride in its world-renowned team of senior instructors. They lead training courses across Europe, North America, South America, and Africa, ensuring you receive top-notch guidance.

3. Inclusive Experience: Discover the art of training diverse age groups, including individuals with disabilities and those from vulnerable backgrounds, preparing you for comprehensive instruction.

4. Diverse Internship Opportunities: Choose your path from a range of internship options, each designed to cater to your interests and aspirations.

5. Comprehensive Internship Experience: Our association’s internship program offers more than experience—it includes close mentoring and hands-on training across various settings, giving you a well-rounded learning opportunity.

6. Guaranteed Employment and Ongoing Training: Honors students are not only promised employment but also the chance for continuous learning and growth.

7. Join a Professional Community: Become a member of a pioneering professional community in Israel, where you can actively contribute to the prevention of violence in our society while connecting with like-minded peers.

8. Advocates of Social Justice: At our school, values of social justice and equal opportunities are at the core of everything we do, making your learning journey meaningful and impactful.


“A professional course that provides tools for myself and for others that I can pass on. Interesting and educational.”


"An amazing course, the team is professional but approachable and supportive and full of heart. There’s an amazing atmosphere. Doing work that is a calling.”

“The path of martial arts is a path I did with myself as part of developing spiritually, mentally and physically. This course was another level in this development and enabled me the opportunity to pay it forward.” 


“The course provided me a lot and was a professional training as well. I learned from every moment and it is well structures. A lot of thought and professionalism went behind this. There’s no wasting time!” 

ESD for childrens
  • who may participate in this course?
    11-year-old girls (and older) and every woman who wants to acquire effective tools for self-defense. Instead of aspiring to replace former knowledge or tools, the course enhances existing toolboxes and allows each participant to choose her best strategy for her specific situation.
  • Do I need to be in good physical shape to participate?
    The course is suitable for girls and women in various physical and health conditions.
  • Is the course suitable for victims of sexual violence?
    Many participants who are victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, or other trauma, find the course contents and practice healing and empowering. Furthermore, the team is especially sensitive to matters relating to abuse and all types of violence. El HaLev instructors undergo lengthy and intense training and they provide the participants with a safe and supportive environment, both emotionally and physically. This enables the participants to boost their confidence, improve their skills, and enhance their personal sense of power.
  • You are an Amuta. Why is there a participation fee?
    El HaLev is a nonprofit organization and the participation fee results from the cost of the production of the course. However, the vision of the Amuta states that every woman has the right to acquire tools to protect her body, soul, and safety. Therefore, we work very hard to obtain donations that allow us to subsidize our activities, to help potential participants. Some of these donations were provided by those who have graduated from our courses, understanding their significance to every woman and girl. Thanks to these generous donations, we can offer support and will consider every woman’s financial situation. Help us with your donation >>
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