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Student Concert this March 2021!
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Welcome to the first and only Japanese Zen drumming course in Israel!

The courses are taught by Taiko Life Israel’s founder Nitay Tzelniker and Einat Chitait, 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 a philosophy to live by in the past decade. He developed a method of teaching in which the movement of drumming techniques has names, and so it connects the rhythm of movement to complex playing. 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 and getting more people to embrace the music, values, ​​and lifestyle that accompanies Taiko into their lives.


Courses are now in session.

Please click here to leave your contact details and we will reach out to you before our next round of courses which will start right after Passover 2021 !

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

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

I was always looking for a place to practice and develop, a place with added value. I wanted a way of living that would combine music with physical and mental ability, music that would be fun and also very professional. I experimented with different musical instruments and martial arts but never felt it was completely right - 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 advanced 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.

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

With a built-in training program and professional guidance, for 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

  • 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

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 us.

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, 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, focusing 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 practice by taiko drums can reflect in every aspect of life.


Persistence is an important tool in order 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 poses to the practitioner are a safe place to develop.


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 the incessant comparison and we will replace it with reciprocity and paragon.


While playing, when someone is wrong or 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 and also the end product - playing a whole piece, 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!

How do taiko drums play a part in this?

The skills we will acquire and practice by taiko drums can reflect in every aspect of life.

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.