Self-Defense Instructor Course

El HaLev along with its sister organization ESD Global are the leading non-profit organizations for training and qualifying Empowerment Self-Defense instructors. The demand for instructors locally and globally is steadily rising, and ESD instruction is now a career that can worked at full time and internationally. 

 

If you live outside Israel, you can find out how to become an Empowerment Self-Defense instructor here.  

 

If you live in Israel, keep reading, as El HaLev’s Self-Defense instructor course trains and qualifies dozens of instructors locally every year. 

 

In September 2012 El HaLev was given an official status recognized by the Israeli ministry of sport and culture as a training school for basic martial-arts instructors. El HaLev training program graduates receive a certificate enabling them to instruct self-defense as legally required. 

 

El HaLev has two training tracks for teaching ESD instructors: 

1. A course for training in basic martial arts instruction 

2. An expansion course for instructing ESD for those holding a “Basic Martial Arts Instructor” certificate 

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"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!” 

Frequently Asked Questions About ESD Training in Israel

For whom is the ESD instructor training track suitable?


To add a new question The track is suitable for those interested in expanding their martial-arts activity into a vocation aimed at reducing and preventing violence in Israeli society and beyond. It is important to know! According to Israeli sports law, you cannot teach martial arts or self-defense with a certificate certified by the sports administration. Therefore, a basic requirement for being trained at El Halev is a “Basic Martial Arts Instructor” certificate or participation is a training course to receive this kind of certificate at an institution recognized by the sports administration.




I don’t have a background in martial arts, can I join the training?


In order to be a self-defense instructor in Israel you need to hold a certificate certified by the sports administration. One of the requirements for participating in the course for the certificate is 3 years of practicing a martial art of some kind or holding a blue belt equivalent rank. If you a member of the Haredi or Arab sector you can apply for an abbreviated track which is part of a project aimed at providing equity for women in martial arts. In this track you need only 1 year of experience in martial arts in order to join the certificate training. This project is approved by the sports administration and operates out of El Halev’s instructors' school.




Does the course require experience in instruction?


It is recommended that you come with prior experience in instruction or have skills to do with group guidance and interaction. Our training focuses on teaching content, cultural adaptation, and the advanced skills needed to instill this content in our different target audiences.




What does the training track include?


For those who hold a “Basic Martial Arts Instructor” certificate:

  • A course of the El Halev method of Empowerment Self-Defense (theory and technique).
  • A unique training for instruction women, girls, children, and high-risk populations.
  • Practical application under the guidance of the training personnel.
For those who do not hold a “Basic Martial Arts Instructor” certificate:
  • A course of the El Halev method of Empowerment Self-Defense (theory and technique).
  • The philosophy behind the training
  • Sports psychology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • First Aid course
  • A unique training for instruction women, girls, children, and high-risk populations.
  • Practical application under the guidance of the training personnel.




What are the entry requirements for the training track?


  • A “Basic Martial Arts Instructor” certificate or participation is a training course to receive this kind of certificate at El Halev or an institution recognized by the sports administration.
  • Participating in the women’s Empowerment Self-Defense course “The Freedom to Choose”
  • A practical exam
  • A recommendation letter from a personal trainer
  • A preliminary interview




How long is the course?


For those holding a “Basic Martial Arts Instructor” certificate: 36 hours of theory + 45 hours of practical application. For those joining track that include certificate studies: 235 hours, 60 of them being practical application. The certificate studies at the El Halev training school is done in one of two formats: a month-long concentrated course or a day a week for 7 months.




Where and how is the practical application conducted?


During the training course you will be able to start the practical application in the field. There will be ample opportunity to sign up to various courses that the NPO conducts all over the country according to your ability (availability and mobility). At the start of your practical application you will accompany experienced instructors and observe their instruction where the aim is that over time you will instruct more and more with every class until you teach an entire course. Advancement and completion of the practical application depends on your availability. That said, the most effective training is continuous and best accomplished within 3 to 6 months of practical application. We recommend you not have many long gaps between practical application sessions. The maximum time frame for completing the practical application is two years.




What happens after he practical application?


After the practical application and assuming you successfully complete the other course requirements, you will be eligible for a certificate that enables you to legally instruct self-defense in Israel. We guarantee employment for outstanding graduates who meet our standards of working within the framework of El Halev.




What do I receive as an instructor employed by El Halev?


Access and use of to El Halev’s resources

  • International and current databases in the field of violence prevention, lesson plans, and professional equipment.
The advantages of a supportive logistic network
  • El Halev will deal with marketing, coordinating and managing courses, invoice and payment, professional insurance, vehicle use, childcare services and much more. In other words, all you will need to do is be an instructor.
You are not alone: Access to a supportive community and professional accompaniment
  • Personal and professional accompaniment of senior instructions, membership in a community of knowledgeable and supportive instructors, a communal shared space in which to grow personally and professionally, continuing education programs and staff training throughout the year.




Is there anything else I should know?


  • The course is recognized through the ministry of defense and can be paid for through the IDF or National Service release deposits
  • Scholarship are available for residents of the Israeli periphery





 
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