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Empowerment Self-Defense courses for Women and Girls in Israel 

Empowerment Self-Defense, or ESD, is a powerful system designed to equip women and girls with skills that transcend fear and embrace empowerment. At El HaLev, we are proud to offer ESD courses that go beyond traditional self-defense, fostering holistic safety, personal growth, and self-assurance. 

Unlock Your Potential with ESD 

Empowerment Self-Defense is more than just techniques; it's a comprehensive approach to safety and empowerment. Our courses blend awareness, assertiveness, verbal communication, and practical skills to prevent, resist, and escape violent situations. 

Discover the Essence of ESD 

  • Comprehensive Approach: ESD encompasses a wide spectrum of strategies, from awareness to physical techniques. 

  • Evidence-Based Foundation: Rooted in proven methodologies, ESD draws from real-world experiences and data. 

  • Personal Empowerment: ESD empowers you to reclaim your power, fostering self-assurance in all aspects of life. 

  • Fulfillment-Centric: ESD aims to enable you to live a fulfilling, unburdened life. 


Empowerment in Action 

Our ESD courses provide you with the tools you need to navigate the modern world with confidence: 

 Cultivate Awareness: Develop heightened awareness of your surroundings and potential threats. 

  • Enhance Assertiveness: Discover your voice and confidently assert your boundaries. 

  • Master Verbal Confrontation: Learn to defuse potentially harmful situations through effective communication. 

  • Implement Safety Strategies: Strategically plan and implement safety measures to take control of your environment. 

  • Execute Physical Techniques: Learn practical, effective techniques to counter and evade assaults. 


Your Journey Begins Now 

Empowerment Self-Defense is your path to empowerment, confidence, and security. Join us and redefine your strength, resilience, and self-assurance. Together, we create a world where women and girls are free to live their lives without fear. 

Enroll in Our ESD Courses Today 

Our courses are accessible to women and girls across Israel, whether you're an individual, part of a school, organization, or business. Be part of the movement that champions empowerment and safety. 

  • The skills acquired in "The Freedom to Choose" course are simple, effective, and crucial for every woman and girl. Like the skills learned in a first aid course, they are basic—but can save lives.

“The Freedom to Choose” is our most popular course, and every year, thousands join the ranks of our graduates!

Come take part in a unique experience that will allow you to rediscover the power within you!

  • IMPACT is a unique self-defense training program developed to combat and prevent sexual violence. Many graduates have defined it as a life-changing and powerful experience that positively influenced all areas of their lives.

The intensive training involves simulated fights with instructors in full-body protective gear.

IMPACT is one of two empowerment self-defense programs for women and girls. It is an opportunity to fully experience the hidden power of your voice and your body.

  • 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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