This new two-week intensive instructs teens on self-defense, the history of Krav Maga, and how it fits into the global Jewish community.

Dates: July 26-August 9, 2020
Cost: $2,700
For: Current 8th-11th Graders

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Develop Tactics Used by Israeli Defense Forces

Krav Maga encompasses elements of various martial arts styles and is widely used by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Through this technique, teens will learn heightened awareness of their surroundings, train to increase physical fitness levels, and develop tactics for personal defense.

Expert Instruction

The self defense intensive provides teens with expert instruction by an active Krav Maga instructor. Along with training, participants will learn the history of Krav Maga, which follows European Jews in the 20th century and the establishment of the State of Israel.

Combining Physicality with Community

Krav Maga training is just one part of this two-week intensive. The TY environment provides a one-of-a-kind Jewish environment, where teens interact with others from Jewish communities in the U.S., Israel and around the world. The “best of camp” at TY includes the opportunity to partake in sports, arts and Israel education programs. Each week culminates in Shabbat, amidst the natural, serene setting of Tel Yehudah and is followed by a wild Israeli dance party.

Program Outcomes

Teens participating in the two-week Krav Maga Self Defense Intensive will:

  • Learn one of the most effective self-defense techniques in the world.
  • Improve self-confidence.
  • Develop problem-solving skills.
  • Build up personal physical fitness levels.
  • Train with a Krav Maga specialist.
  • Come to understand more about Krav Maga’s connection to the Jewish people.
  • Become a part of TY’s unique global community, sharing in recreational and educational activities among Jewish teens from around the world.


Participants in Krav Maga spend 4-5 hours a day engaged in developing their self-defense skills with other participants and staff. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to choose another Intensive as a minor and explore all of TY’s other specialty areas (ropes course, Israeli dancing, and singing, sports, etc.)   Below is a sample daily schedule:

What's Included?

  • Daily Krav Maga training sessions with professional staff
  • Room and board within our furnished cabins
  • 3 healthy, nutritious and kosher meals a day, plus stipend for snacks and treats from our camp canteen
  • 24/7 professional medical staff that can dispense first-aid and prescription medicines
  • 160+ dynamic and trained camp professionals
  • Regular laundry-service
  • Full time on-site 24/7 security services
  • Coach Motorbus transportation to/from Newark International Liberty Airport on opening and closing day for teens who will be traveling to camp by plane


Yes! If you are…

  • Currently in 8th through 11th grade
  • Ready to work on developing skills of self-defense
  • Ready to explore the explore your Jewish identity
  • Interested in living with Jewish teens around the US and the world

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