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Taiko Life Academy
Dear Friends - the next round of courses begins in February 2022

come see the student performance on February 4, 2022
 Sarona Complex, Tel Aviv
The show is open to the general public and suitable for the entire family!
Welcome to the first and only Japanese Zen drumming course in Israel!

The courses are taught by Taiko Life Israel’s founder Nitay Zelniker and Einat Chitayat, an experienced drummer with over 15 years of experience.

After training with the best drumming groups and teachers in the world, Nitay established the first drumming ensemble in Israel and specialized in teaching for all levels and ages. Taiko drumming has been Nitay's main occupation and inspiration in building a  philosophy by which he lives over the past decade. He developed a method of teaching in which the movements incorporated in playing certain g patterns have names, and so it connects the rhythm of movements to a set of complex patterns. This allows for gradual and clear learning, finding a common language, and intuitive playing as a group.

Nitay has a passion for passing the knowledge on to others and inviting more people to embrace the music, values, ​​and lifestyle that accompanies Taiko drumming,  into their lives..


A training program that combines techniques from Japan and Taiwan - how does it work?

With a built-in training program and professional guidance, over the course of 13 weeks, we will direct your inspiration and energy to self-expression, enjoyment, and personal development.

Drumming is suitable for all ages and no previous experience is required.

What are the basics we will learn in the course?

Mastery of the 6 basic drumming techniques on which the rest of the techniques are based:

  • Proper use of the body to produce power with minimum effort

  • Producing quality sound from the taiko drum

  • Practice flexibility, coordination, and body awareness through tai chi and meditation

  • Keeping pace while listening to the environment

  • We will dive into deep water and play a complete taiko creation!

To streamline the learning process and enable each student to develop his or her abilities in taiko drumming most comprehensively - we will emphasize several things:

  • Improving the energy flow

  • Improving stability and physical awareness

  • Flexibility and balance

  • Strengthening the body - arms, back, abdomen, legs, neck

  • An anaerobic pleasure that combines rhythm and music

  • Improving coordination and sense of rhythm

  • Collaborating as a group - individual and group enjoyment

  • Finding an inner balance

  • Discipline, respect, and self-confidence

Take a look what you will be able to play by the end of the course

“Hello, I am Nitay Zelniker, founder of Taiko Life Israel.

I was always looking for a place to practice and develop, a place with added value. I wanted a lifestyle that would combine music with physical and mental ability, music that would be fun and also professional. I experimented with different musical instruments and martial arts but never felt it was completely fitting as a place in which I could enjoy but also produce results. I felt that something was missing; it’s either I had fun but didn’t develop and advance enough, or that the training was hard and unrewarding.

I felt a connection and was attracted to the meditation and philosophy of life of the East. Discipline, accuracy, aesthetics, and diligence are an integral part of the culture there. My first dream was to practice at the Shaolin Monasteries in China!

I eventually found myself in Taiwan and Japan. I first saw taiko drums in the movie "The Drummer". The musicians expressed the music through powerful drumming movements and they practiced martial arts and meditation. The frequency transmitted by Zen drummers was exactly what I had been looking for all my life.

Everyone feels the need to express themselves, to evolve, to be around people who "see" them for who they are, to give and receive love. We believe that this need can be addressed in a course with Taiko Life.

To move in harmony, we must act on two planes: the plane of motion in the physical world and the plane of motion in the inner world. When we reach synchronization with the wave, we recognize inner vortices and manage to overcome them. Taking action for development and self-expression is natural and the environment gradually adapts itself.

How can this happen? With the help of our teacher's guidance, meditation, self-acceptance, group inclusion, determination, optimism, focus on physical training, and clearing toxic thoughts, we will ascend from criticism and stress.

How do taiko drums play a part in this?


The skills we will acquire and apply while practicing taiko drumming can be reflected in every aspect of life.


Persistence is an important tool to produce success, and connection and awareness to the body allow for health and harmony. Keeping pace teaches how to connect to and maintain a wave, teaches how not to get carried away and be impatient. Drumming movement greatly improves coordination and learning rhythms sharpens memory. Physical flexibility opens and maintains the body, and mental flexibility allows one to change and play at that moment.


Re-practicing the act of drumming and focusing on the action itself and improving it, helps to free oneself from unnecessary thoughts and self-criticism. The power and uniformity expressed in playing is an empowering and instructive experience, and the challenges that this unique style presents to the student are made in an environment that is safe and encourages development.


And what is the role of the group?


The group is an environment with a common denominator that gives energy and a safe framework for individual training. With the help of group members, we practice our attitude towards "society" and examine our place within it. In this way, we encourage the cessation of incessant comparison and replace it with reciprocity and paragon.


While playing, when someone erred or became confused, there is always a group to back them up. When we are all "in the same boat", the process creates a sense of unity and is pleasant, supportive, and empowering. Group drumming creates a commitment to perseverance, while the end product - which is playing a whole piece in unison, gives a sense of security and meaning.

Learning is a process, so the course is built gradually. Each lesson is a small step in your development.


We will be happy to accompany you along the way - feel free to join us and sign up!

If you are a university student or a soldier in service press the button here to email a photo of your  card, and we will send you the 15% off coupon code.