In Anusha words: Kayaking in the clear waters of the river Kali, the awesome jungle safari, the serene backwaters, the not-so-serene Krav Maga session in the backwaters.. Had the best weekend ever!! 😀
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Feedback from Aditya Singh
One of the oldest clichés around claims that ‘Behind every successful man, there is a woman’, Well, I got to meet Mrs. Guruji and can happily say that I found a true example…The ease with which Guruji’s family (which included a Gorgeous Black Lab named Genie) accepted all the hooligans in their home was very comforting after our 12 hour journey…What followed after that is the stuff legendary stories are made of: P…
Just for the record, It included Kayaking in Kali River, Kravmaga in picturesque backwaters, French invasion and missing our train by 9 minutes, which in-fact gave us time to sit and share another meal together…after all they also say ‘ The Family Who Eats Together Stays Together’
Feedback from Maëlle Bou
Obviously, to open the door to a stranger is not such a big deal in this family. A warm welcome that we can’t find in France and an interaction with the nature that I nearly forgotten.
Some strangly nice time of checking my eyes to know what they have seen and sharing personal things.
Going out of the routine of Bangalore to sit around a fire and spend some hours with fourteen pairs of open arms , plus a dog to start the adventure was more than expected (even if I suspect that some of them had tried to kill me with red chili in the train).
To conclude the week-end and to continue the french invasion, let’s quote Antoine de Saint-Exupery “Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.”
Feedback from Pallavi Shroff
The Dandeli trip was an exquisite adventure, one which was filled with unexpected experiences in every corner of the journey . The trip was extremely entertaining and everyone bonded with each other as a family that was the most amazing part for me .
We visited gorgeous locations where we trained Krav Maga Israeli Self Defense and camped… in all it was one of the best trips I have ever been to 🙂
Feedback from Vivek ShreeKumar
Dandeli is a trip to remember. It was a hell of a ride on so many levels. Every single emotion was evoked and that too in span of 2 days. Meeting Guruji and his family was a very heartwarming experience, especially the verbal Krav Maga between them. It was an adventure through and through. From Kayaking in the serene parts of river Kali surrounded by lush forests to watching a beautiful vista unfold after treading a treacherous and uncharted path through the jungle.
And practicing Krav Maga in this place was the icing on the cake. Simply breathtaking, both literally and metaphorically. Not a single moment went by without something happening or the other, and of course, the night wasn’t spared.
Starting with a simple bonfire that bonded all of us to the wild fire that eventually caught on, everyone had their fair share of ‘masti’. Of course, yours truly was blissfully shielded from all this, but the anecdotes given by each one of them aptly filled the void and helped me ‘partly’ experience the night that went by. This is easily one of the most ‘eventful’ trips I had ever taken.
Excerpt from Guru Franklin Joseph
A great great workshop, where a bunch of BadAzz Krav Maga Military Combat Academy’s warriors went out on the nature to train Krav Maga Israeli Self Defense system as well as bond with each other outside training place with people who have respect and love for combat. What we discovered was that everyone had a different side that was hidden from the class and sharing that face with each other was a amazing experience The whole trip started on a long train yet fun journey, along with a 2 hour drive to a simple out-house in Dandeli. Then we went straight into River Kali, kayaking for a hour or so and then swimming & playing in the river water. After a good home cooked lunch, we drove to deep forest where we discovered ourselves in a jeep tearing a rough path in the middle of the jungle scaring away wild bison to reveal one of the most beautiful scene I have seen in a long time. I cannot describe it in words and I will not show it in video to safeguard it secrets for future BadAzz warriors who will visit it but you can get few snapshots of it in photo galleries. We trained Krav Maga among nature galleries of rotten tree-stumps with our feet deep in mud and had to take a water break from the lake itself. Next day, we visited Syntheri Rocks with it’s foul smell bee shit everywhere. We will skip that one in future as we could not train Krav Maga safely in such a area. IN short, everyone had a great awesome time, had so much fun, laughing and enjoying each other company that we are all eager to have another BadAzz trips very soon. Join up next time 🙂 — Guru Franklin Joseph
Photo Gallery of the Dandeli River Camp April 2013
'Dr. Safety' Franklin Joseph is founder & CEO of 'Indian Institute of Special Tactics And Combat Science and conducts corporate workshops as a Women / Child Safety Specialist. He is also Founder & is a Chief Instructor of BadAzz Krav Maga Self Defense Military Combat Academy. From 1986, he started researching and educating himself on Safety Empowerment to help him heal and elevate himself from his own 22 years of sexual abuse and violent past. From 2004, he started learning and practicing Krav Maga Israeli Self Defense in Delhi and has been trained by legends like Master Vicky Kapoor and Israeli guru's like Avi Moyal, Shlomi Moyal, Gabi Noah, Amnon Darsa etc. He also assisted Mr. Vicky Kapoor in many tactical training with Military, Police and Special Forces. Now, apart from running his self defense academy, he has conducted 100+ corporate workshops of 'PowerToWomen.in' : Women's Safety Awareness, Psychological Empowerment against Crime, Violence and Sexual Harassment & Abuse. He is also featured in various newspapers and magazine along with TV Channels.