This was a boot camp I just could not miss mainly because I had missed the previous two and was regretting it. I was all geared up for Dandeli for the amazing place it is especially during the rainy seasons and it surely did not disappoint. The last thing I wanted is an injury before the camp which would ruin my training and foolishly enough that’s what I got, a stupid gym workout led to a sore muscle which almost made me miss the entire camp. Had to pop in all kinds of muscle relaxeand an injection to even make it to this camp let alone train. So there it was no training just me going to the camp and watch the others sweat it out.
The camp was fun right from the time we started from Bangalore from our train. We had the first taste of the nightmares we were going to face- Swanand’s songs! The stay was organized at Milind’s and as usual amazing food throughours t our stay. The first day we headed out kayaking and rafting, something I could do because it mainly involved only your upper body. It was an amazing session of kayaking we went out and did close to 40 minutes of it and everyone around were toppling, climbing back and also getting lost.
This was accompanied by swimming for some more time and the most awaited Rafting but only around the first rapid. I had done this before everything was the same nothing new until probably the raft just decided to overturn throwing us all out of the raft. For the next 10 seconds none of us knew where we were, the water just drifted us to different corneof the river. Here was the first glimpse of Frank Sir’s training which was shown to us by none other than Krystal. The raft was on her and I got the first look at her when she was being rescued and there was absolutely no panic under so much stress which I feel all of us are training to achieve. The rest of the group was scattered all over the surrounding 100 meters. The rafting was followed by an immediate no T shirt training session for which I was annoyingly a mere spectator.
An amazing training session of rolling, crawling, jumping and climbing was followed by customary bruises, all of which I missed. We headed back home and was followed by lunch and the island visit was up next. The island visit had beautiful backgrounds with a not so beautiful us. The training session was intense here at least to look at because again I was a mere spectator and was cursing myself for it. It included a lot of running and training in the water was difficult but fun. We had a photo shoot for some time and returned back home. It was an incredible day, filled with action, drama and loads of fun. The night we got words from Sir which always inspires us and makes us come back week in and week out.
The next day was a surprise as we just decided to train in a field and it turned out to be an intense ground fight with mud as the element. It turned out to be a brawl in the mud and an absolute treat to watch these guys fight it out. I so wanted to jump in but it was not meant to be. After cleaning up we headed for an other session of kayaking, this time less drama but more kayaking. Here I witnessed Ruth’s superior fitness and balance compared to any of us. We headed back and had a nice bath and it was rest time from then on. Finished accounting the payments to be made and headed back to the train station.
Nothing of this would have been any fun if it was not for the amazing group we had. I met Sir’s family for the first time and they are the friendliest people you can find. Right from the start Ma’am was very friendly and warm to us. It always felt like we have known her forever and this was what made the camp awesome because we never felt like we were new here. Krystal is how our current young generation of kids should be: Bold, daring and if I can say Sir- Franklin Joseph. Sujay sir and Ottilie Ma’am, you are one fun couple and two awesome people. The talks of the night will stay in Dandeli.
Next up was Swanand and Sanjay who helped me walk the entire time and sometimes also carried me. As much as I hate thanking Swanand I think he is someone we all look up to in class. He is someone we all want to be like. I feel lucky to train with him every week. Sanjay training spirit has the respect of all of us. I made new friends in the trip: Ruth, Kishore, Shishir and Prabhu. I thank you guys for making this such a memorable trip.
Frank Sir, I can’t wait for the next camp because this was something I will not forget. We all are what we are because of your training and what you impart to us. It is something I cannot explain in words. The confidence and belief you impart to us has made us stick on to you. We will carry this organization through. Jai Hind.
Feedback from Kishore Jain
I have joined Frank siKrav Maga Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Academyaround four weeks back and fortunately I got a chance of joining the boot camp at Dandeli, it was very amazing and exotic sheer experience of training and fun, I have learnt lot from Frank sir and his training and from all my senioover there, we had kayaking and water rafting which I never experienced before and lots of water fun and intensive training etc…Even though I am new to frank siinstitute but I never felt that it was my first boot camp with all of them, I am really thankful to frank sir and his wife and daughters r, truly speaking I felt that its our family and my group of friends, everything at Dandeli boot camp was organised so perfectly from transport to homely staying and with a delicious food ! Everything was just awesome ! And thanks to everyone and frank sir please organize such boot camps often !
Feedback from Shishir D Nath
When I heard the words “Boot camp”. The first thing that came to my mind is “Army Training”.
It was tough, but thankfully this boot camp included a fair share of fun as well. We trained in rain, water, mud and god knows what else.
But at the end of the day we enjoyed it.
Frank sir made sure that we had fun during and after training as well. Overall, it was a great experience and a memorable trip.
Feedback from Prabhu Kundurty
Training in nature is a very unique idea because the surprise element in nature is same or greater than the surprise element that happens in a crime situation. Training in nature tests and extends our patience since we might have to deal with situations where we are helpless and need to come out of situations all by ourselves.
Coming to the two day wonderful boot camp organized by Frank sir, mud fighting, trekking and running on hills, Kayaking, Rafting and Krav maga training in nature are very unique experiences I had. It was a learning experience and the lessons learnt like shock management, dealing with fears and stress in Krav maga class are actually put to test.
For two day camp in Dandeli we were put up in a home stay which offered us unlimited and delicious food to cope up with the rigor of the program. Outside training time Frank sir and his family mixed well with the students like family members and shared many lighter moments. Overall a very memorable experience for lifetime. Thanks for giving us this opportunity Frank sir.
Feedback from Ruth Lopez
It has been a great weekend! Good company, fun, beautiful Dandeli and totally recommended Milind’s homestay. They took care of us really well and provide us great food.We had the chance to meet Sir’s family, her nice wife and her amazing daughters r, I really believe in this young girl!
It was great and fun to train in nature and participate in the water activities.
I want to thank once again all of the people that were there and specially, Shashank and Sanjay. All the best.
Bruises and Cuts are part of any Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Academy’s Boot Camp, Add Dandeli monsoon, Kali River, Kayking & River Rafting to it just adds more adventure training & life long memories imprinted in the minds of Swanand Lele, Shashank Shetty, Ruth Lopez Lopez, Prabhu Kundurty, Shishir D Nath, Kishore Jain & Sanjay Rai.
Me and my family really enjoyed our camp where I get to know more about you guys in a very personal manner. Thanks for this opportunity guys and check out the photos.
Indian Institute of Strategic Threat-Intelligence Analysis & Combat Tactical Science
Specialist Guru-ji Franklin Joseph is a Social Entrepreneur, Founder and C.E.O. of Indian Institute of Strategic Threat-Intelligence Analysis & Combat Tactical Science (I.I.S.T.A.C.T.S.), Dharwad. The main organization – I.I.S.T.A.C.T.S. have various projects that focus on empowering the men, women and children to prevent, avoid or escape from crime, violence, sexual harassment and sexual abuse. Some projects are Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defence Academy, Power To Women Corporate Workshops & iTeachiPower.in Girl Safety Empowerment & Girl Self Defence Wellness Education Workshops for Schools and Colleges.
Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defence Academy, Bengaluru, Hubballi & Dharwad
Mr. Franklin Joseph started his Krav Maga training in 2003 under Mr. Vicky Kapoor, Chief Instructor of Krav Maga in India. He was internationally certified as a Senior Civilian Maga Self Defence Instructor (2003 batch) and was the Regional Director of the International Krav Maga Federation (‘I.K.M.F.’) at Bangalore from 2007 onwards till 2012. He had also trained under and was certified by the Grandmaster Avi Moyal, Chief Instructor, I.K.M.F., Israel and has attended countless workshops by Krav Maga legends & stalwarts like Grandmaster Eyal Yanilov, Chief Instructor, K.M.G., Israel, Master Shlomi Moyal, Master Gabi Noah and Master Amnon Darsa etc. Now, he founded & run an independent organization – Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defence Academy in Bengaluru, Hubballi and Dharwad.
‘Guru-ji’ and ‘Dr. Safety’ are honorary alias given to him by his Krav Maga Self Defence practitioners. He also added Ninja Kubaton Pressure Points Self Defence Tool in his Krav Maga capsules to help promote its unique and amazing tactics.
Franklin Joseph Power To Women Self Defense Corporate Workshops
Mr Franklin Joseph has conducted 400+ Power to Women Corporate Self Defence Workshops. These corporate women Self Defense workshops have been conducted PAN India from Jaipur to Hyderabad or Delhi to Bengaluru or Chennai to Kolkata etc. Lot of women who have learned Women Self Defense have shared their point of views on the training, hardships & rewards of learning from Guru-ji Franklin Joseph & Krav Maga Self Defense along with other elements uniquely & exclusively added in their training.
Many a times, Mr. Joseph has been invited as a guest lecturer on Girl-Child Self Defense in various universities and colleges like Indian Institute of Management – Bengaluru, National Institute of Technology – Trichy, S.I.E.S. College of Arts Science and Commerce – Mumbai, S.R.M. Institute of Science and Technology – Chennai, Mithibai College & Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology – Mumbai, Christ University & Jain University – Bengaluru etc.
Krystal Joseph & Franklin Joseph iTeachiPower.in Girl Safety Empowerment & Girl Self Defence Wellness Education Workshops
Franklin Joseph founded iTeachiPower.in – Girl Safety Empowerment & Girl Self Defense Wellness Education Workshop for schools & colleges. Ms. Krystal Joseph is the C.O.O. of iTeachiPower.in and is also the youngest Instructor of Krav Maga & iTeachiPower.in in Karnataka. Together they have conducted some online & workshops in various school & NGO like Unacademy, The Baale Mane, Kendriya Vidyalaya, D.V.B School etc.
Few of the objectives of iTeachiPower.in Girl Safety Empowerment & Girl Self Defense Wellness Workshop are
Empower the girls with Krav Maga Self Defense based on reflex-action science
Recruit the best toppers as an instructor within the establishment
Train the staff, Certify the institution & establish a GIRL SAFE ZONE
Future Plans – Networking, Mentorship & Advance Training Boot Camps
Guru-ji Franklin Joseph has also designed and founded Educate #MeToo Workshop to help prevent, avoid & escape Sexual Harassment in college or corporate industries.
Franklin Joseph’s Award, Achievement, Recommendations & Clientele
In 2017, Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defence Academy was granted ‘Best Service Excellence Award 2017’ by Luxury Travel Magazine, London, United Kingdom.
Mr. Franklin Joseph has imparted his training as an Assistant Instructor with National Security Guard (N.S.G.) or Black Cat Commandos.
He was also the Senior Krav Maga instructor training the I.P.S. & I.A.S. probationers officers in S.V.P. National Police Academy, Hyderabad. He has also trained Krav Maga Self Defence to women personal of the Hubballi-Dharwad Police.
United States of America Department – O.S.A.C. organization’s Indian Women Safety Report 2014 stating a recommendation -“Franklin Joseph is a good Self Defence instructor that also focuses on psychological empowerment in his workshops”.
Mr. Joseph was honorarily awarded a plaque for his commitment towards women entrepreneurship and economic empowerment by Government of Karnataka in ThinkBig 2016 Women Entrepreneurs Convention Exhibition.
Among Franklin Joseph prestigious clients include Government of India Indian Railways, Defence Research Development Organization (D.R.D.O.), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (H.A.L.) and Bangalore Commissioner of Police along with Vanitha Sahayavani N.G.O.
Franklin Joseph workshops have been conducted in more than 100 corporate PAN India clients – NASSCOM, TATA, Amazon, L&T, Wipro, HP, APC, HSBC, Dell, TNT, Amazon, GE, COLT, Alcatel-Lucent, Harman, Syngene, Titan, P&G, Ebay Paypal, Cisco, Qualcomm, Dupont, Yahoo, 3M, ABB, Dupont, HCL, Deutsche Bank, ITC Group, Accenture, Cognizant, Monsanto, Tavant, NIIT, NESS, Infosys, Goldman Sacs, Thomson Reuters, Total etc.
Experiences that forged Franklin Joseph’s spirit
Mr. Franklin Joseph was born into the slums of New Delhi, India, and from an early age, he was unwillingly exposed to some elements of sexual abuse and violent crime. After surviving 22-25 years in street violence and abusive circumstances, he gradually converted his bad experiences into positive knowledge. Today many of his projects have their base in what he learned from his grass-root level experience from crime, violence & abuse from his past merged with cutting edge scientific knowledge & skill set he has acquired since then.
In his TEDx talk video, he showcases his dark humour, skills and knowledge of ‘Combat Science’ with a jaw-dropping opening line “I See Dead People” indirectly referencing to the fact that lack of preparation against crime could be a fatal mistake. He is voluntarily self-retired after 11 years of working in the IT industry as a Creative Director, Project Manager, Senior Website Designer and Search Engine Optimization Specialist.
He also worked as a freelancer with Mr Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2014 for 7 years when his quest to educate others to help them understand and deal with crime and violence was born.
Franklin Joseph’s Modern yet Radical Approach
Mr Franklin Joseph, in essence, represents the changing face of self-defence especially women self-defence education. He is among the pioneers who have recognized just as crime is dynamic, changing and adapting, so too should crime prevention methodology and fighting tactics. He has tirelessly, and often at a great personal sacrifice to his financial growth or his family life, overcome enormous hurdles to advance the cause of helping improve safety for men, women & children. No matter what the cost, he is clear that he will achieve his mission of a safer world through proper education, training and a holistic approach to self-defence.
Press, TV & New Media presence of Franklin Joseph
Mr. Franklin Joseph has been featured in various articles or videos showcasing his goal of a safe world, free of abuse and crime, especially for girl-child and women. Some media names are Times of India, Hindustan Times, Bangalore Mirror, DNA, Deccan Herald, The New Indian Express, Deccan Chronicle etc., Magazines like Tehelka, 080 Bangalore, Bengaluru Pages, LiveMint.com, GlobalPost.com, TimeOut Bengaluru etc., TV shows and News Channels like ZeeTv, CNN-Ibn, NDTV 24×7, TV9 News, Swarna Channel, Aaj Tak, Headlines Today, Times Now etc.