Frequently Asked Questions
If I don’t have any prior martial arts experience can I still participate in the program?
Absolutely. No experience required. We welcome participants with beginner and expert backgrounds. Keep in mind, if you are a black belt in Karate you are probably a beginner in Judo and/or Krav Maga.
Do I need to bring my own training gi or any other equipment?
One Judo gi will be provided upon arrival, but it is recommended to bring at least one more (style doesn’t matter) as training is frequent and sweaty.
Can I participate in the program without any prior knowledge of Hebrew?
All levels of Hebrew are welcome in the program. Ulpan (Hebrew lessons) will accommodate each participant to his level.
Are girls able to join the program as well?
Yes, girls are able to join and very welcome! Past groups have actually been 50% female.
Is the program open or tolerant to all levels of religious observance?
We have had many religiously observant participants in the past. All are welcome. The facilities where the program is hosted are kosher and synagogues are within walking distance.
Will I have any free time during the program?
Although the program is very structured, you will find that you have more than adequate time to yourself for rest and relaxation, visiting with family, and spending more time in the gym. Most weekends are free, as are most holidays.
Do I need a special visa to enter Israel?
You will be issued a 3 month visitor's permit upon arrival, which can be extended while you are in Israel. Or you can take the MASA scholarship approval form and your passport to the local Israeli consulate or embassy and they will issue you a visa for the whole duration of the program. This can also be done upon arrival.
Do I need to bring spending money?
Most of life’s needs are provided by the facilities where the program is hosted. However, if you plan on buying gifts, going out to bars, or simply eating out, then extra money is recommended.
Are we given any vacation or break time during the program?
Every Shabbat from Friday afternoon till Saturday night is free. All Jewish holidays are observed nationally in Israel and you will have that time to do as you please. For example, Pesach is observed for a week in April and Succot is observed for one week in October.