Myth of self defence is that people associate fitness with self defence especially after movie stars who are fit and perform stunts you like. Self Defence is not about competing in stamina or comparing fitness skills with the criminals. Real life is not a stunt from a movie! A rabbit vs. tiger. Rabbit does not dream of becoming as strong as a tiger to prevent being on the menu. It uses what it has – its small size – to help it survive. A tiger is unsuccessful 80% of the time; he tries to hunt these small animals.
You are joining Franklin Joseph’s BadAzz Krav-Maga Self-Defence Academy to learn how to deal with crime and one part of that is building or improving your combat fitness level to help deal with a threat, no matter what your current fitness level is. Combat fitness focuses on how you move rather than training specific muscle groups like weight-training. Your present fitness level, size, strength, age & background have little significance when dealing with a crime situation; however it is NOT a necessity to help you survive. Even, if you are a strong and big person, the criminals or bad elements can have weapons like knife, sword or gun or have multiple attackers to cheat and win over you. Even if you can overpower him/them today, the bad guys will be waiting for a chance tomorrow to attack you when you are NOT ready or create problems for you or your family or your loved ones.
“Under Indian Institute of Special Tactics and Special Science, I have created modules to help enhance your combat fitness level through combative building techniques like calisthenics (push ups, crunches, squats etc.) along with combat strength and pain conditioning techniques using tyres, ropes etc. Like any sports, your body will have to learn to take pain of a workout, practice and improve every time you learn more in the class. Along with physical aspects, you will also learn how to reprogramme your brain to help you analyse, prevent, avoid and diffuse most of the threats even before they start getting violent, if you know what signs to look for and how to calm the situation down. Remember, my self-defence modules consist of Psychological Combat Readiness, Situational Awareness, Military Realistic-Scenario based Progressive Tough Training & Combat Science to give you a fighting chance to survive against known as well as unknown attackers.” ~ Franklin Joseph Safety Specialist.
Crime is very similar to another extreme emotion ‘love’. Love happens without warning, gives you shock of happiness and lovely surprise. Love happens without looking too much at your age, size, strength, fitness level. Love is never simple or basic and it always happens to you alone not collectively to your friend, family or neighbourhood!
“After many interviews & research, I know for the fact that criminals are looking for easy, good people to attack, as they are the least ready to deal with such situation and are least prepared to put up a fight. Criminals or bad people do not want to work hard, they want easy money or easy benefits, and thus they are looking for ‘perfect victims’ to help them achieve what they want.” ~ Franklin Joseph Safety Specialist.
“Cancer specialist is not same as Heart Specialist just because they are both doctors” Martial Arts & Self Defence training are two different specialisations from different worlds…
Martial arts will teach you many amazing things, but all of those will be bound by certain rules and regulations. Karate, Kick-boxing, Muay Thai, Kung-fu, Judo, Aikido, Wing Chun, Kalarippayattu, Wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Jeet Kune Do etc., have some great self defence training in them but the principles of these self defence tactics is not based on cheating and breaking rules of that martial arts.
Martial arts sparring or professional fighting matches are allowed at very senior or experienced level and focus mainly on enhancement or testing of the skill-set and will not be fought by a girl with a man, a young person with an old one and one with many opponents or with multiple weapons used in surprise attacks.
“Let me clear up by saying if we were to enter the world of martial arts or they were to come to ours, neither will survive. After a certain point the comparison between the two ceases to exist. Concepts, principles, preparation & execution, at every stage the two are very different. I meet so many victims of road rage, robbery & rape in my research and I gather information on what, where and how it happened. We specialize in one scope of subject – Crime, Violence, Harassment and Abuse. Criminals will not follow martial arts rules and regulations nor will they attack the way it’s taught in any class including mine. So to deal with the unpredictable person using surprise, shock, fear, insecurity, weapons, cramped spaces of car/bus (Click on Video on your left) or multiple threats as his/her tools, we need to go beyond mere tricks based on punches and kicks. In my experience, new recruits who join fresh without any martial arts background, show a faster learning curve as its easier for them to grasp the training without having to unlearn previous martial arts rules & regulations; nevertheless, having a prior knowledge of martial arts is advantageous too as it helps to understand the skill set in finer depth.” ~ Franklin Joseph Safety Specialist.
Yes, Franklin Joseph’s BadAzz Krav Maga Self Defence training start from simple module but within the first hours of the session, we slowly expose to you what crime really is. Our aim is to get you ready enough after the first few hours of training. Concept of Crime itself is relatively simple or quite basic. A robber wants money. Terrorist wants to kill you. Rapist wants to degrade / destroy you. Criminals also are relatively simple to understand. They want an easy way out so they will cheat i.e., use weapons, use fear, use gang etc.
All humans have basic survival instincts – flight or fight. Some run away from confrontation, and some fight: argument, slapping or even orthodox fists do fly irrespective of whether the two people know martial arts or not. Criminals don’t want to get into that. They just want their prize. So criminals use very strong negative emotions for examples: ‘shock’ – by using multiple attackers, ‘surprise’ – by using a knife or gun, ‘fear’ – by attacking in the darkness, ‘pain’ – by first hurting you with a sudden punch or slap, ‘Stress’ – by using small spaces like the inside of a car or a bus etc., where the basic idea is to put you off-guard and take advantage of your vulnerability or weakness and lack of knowledge on how to use your skill in such real-life situations.
“When you are in a crime situation, it is never simple or limited to basic tricks. Your heart is pounding, you face fear and insecurity mixed with ego and pride. You are tensed about the situation maybe worried about the safety of the people with you. Under all such extreme emotions, you will forget all tricks and will remember your basic instinctive tactics. Crime can also change from one sphere of attack to another. For example: Sexual Harassment can turn into Robbery, Molestation can lead to Rape or Child Sexual Abuse can lead to Kidnapping etc. And the way it’s taught in any self defence class even mine, is that the criminal will never follow the same pattern or routine. In Indian Institute of Special Tactics and Combat Science, we have included psychological as well as physical modules to help prepare you deal with the ‘unpredictable’ way the threat might come. It might include ‘shock’, ‘surprise’, ‘fear’, ‘insecurity’, ‘pain’ etc; while enhancing your physical limitations of size, strength and fitness level to help prevent, avoid and escape a possible threat.” ~ Franklin Joseph Safety Specialist.
Psychological aspects of how extreme emotions like being alone, in fear or in pain, under stress, dealing with surprise & shock etc., affects your reaction time as well as your learned techniques is scientifically proven by various security, police, law enforcement and military units. That is why all of them have a backup or buddy system so one can not only watch the back of each other but if needed take extreme action to protect one another. It is also proven that being alone greatly increases the stress level thus making the person paranoid and prone to forget tactical procedure or make mistakes. Even if you are in a group, the other people might freeze in fear or succumb to insecurity and might not be as helpful to you as you want them to be. In most crimes with known or unknown attackers, the survivor has to face the attacker(s) alone.
“In Indian Institute of Special Tactics and Combat Science, I constantly research on how mind affects the performance. I find that a mind that focuses even under stress & chaos is very effective in improving functionality and productivity. Keeping that in mind I have assigned a separate module in BadAzz Krav Maga Self Defence classes dedicated to help prepare you to deal with most threats ‘alone’ and when you are ‘uncomfortable’ with the subjects of the kind of crime that shows up. A leader stands alone and shows the path to others. My aim is to build or enhance your leadership qualities to overcome your fears and insecurities of being alone and lead the path to your safety as well as of the others involved. Even if I filled the class with women or children, you will face no threat as your threat would be most likely from a grown up man, so unless you practice with someone similar to your threat, how would you answer the question – Can I really get out if this guy attacks me?.” ~ Franklin Joseph Safety Specialist.
“Through my institute, I aim to be a little different from what other Krav-Maga Organisations are teaching by independently merging Combat Science of Psychological Combat Readiness along with various Krav Maga special tactics and techniques taught in various organisations. I charge according to my experience of learning Krav Maga techniques since 2004 along with a cocktail of my knowledge which I gained through being an underdog and having survived more than 30 years of street violence, abuse & crime untouched by martial arts. Another thing that I believe to be unique about my teaching it is not limited to theoretical study of the crime and criminal mindset as is the case with an average self-defence or martial arts instructor.
Being born in the slums of New Delhi, I lived and survived years of street combat by being part of a street gang and later a bouncer. Even though I was never involved in any criminal activities, I gained a vast amount of knowledge on how a criminal mind thinks which adds to the knowledge I impart to you. Speaking of discount, I have given enough discounts I believe in training and I hope people who join me are those who respect me for my knowledge and training and are drawn by that and not by the discount I offer.” ~ Franklin Joseph Safety Specialist.
“Practice is the only way your can survive a street crime not through self defense or martial arts tricks. Street crime will be real. The punches, kicks are attack would hurt like hell. To help you understand the pain and the effects of pain, these protection gears would help without actually harming the practitioner. It’s a one time investment lasting for years if you take care of them and each other in training.” ~ Franklin Joseph Safety Specialist.
Sensei Frank, Your teachings & Krav maga training has changed my outlook and attitude towards life. Thanks you sir.Shyamanta Phukan – Software Engineer
A lot more confidence and a lower weight, learning under Sensei Frank has, and continues to be an amazing experience.Akshay Gurjer – Student
A teacher like Frank has a lot of real life experience & skills nurtured on the streets rather than just studio fighting.Gurmukh Singh – Business Man
No bullshit! Challenging, brutal just like the world outside. Training is intense. Inspiring. Authentic. Raw. Frank Sir Rocks!Shamal Mohamed – IT Industry
Maturity & responsibility that Frank sir inculcates along with techniques truly makes Krav Maga, an attitude, a way of life!Ashok G. V. – Advocate