27-28 Apr. Dharwad-Dandeli River Boot Camp

Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Academyhad a very successful Dharwad-Dandeli Adventure Krav-Maga Boot Camp attended by Bangalore IKMF members in Dharwad, Karnataka.

Feedback by Jean

1st Dharwad-Dandeli Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Bangalore Boot Camp Participant

Jean-BaptisteLeaving the studio for an outdoor training is definitely a must-do, and not only once but regularly. Even more for a life-event based discipline such as Krav Maga, since troubles won’t happen in a nice and well-equipped studio but in the street, in the water, in the jungle, on an unstable ground, under a hot sun, and many more.

A great thing we worked on was adaptation. When we fight in the jungle, or on a kayak there are tons of new elements to take care of: balance, obstacles to avoid, multiple opponents, can I fight with the paddle? Even our own body reacts differently. Because it is not used to such a situation, it will get tired more easily, or it would get disturbed by the life jacket, or it will slip on a rock, and so on.

Meeting Frank’s family was a great moment too. Seeing him as a father & husband, and not only as an ass-kicker was really great for us. We got the opportunity to train with Krystal, his daughters r, and believe me that’s not as easy as it seems! All that helped us become closer to him, as if we were becoming part of the family.

More than a simple intense training, we also learnt from others, be it the guy trying to punch me or the one I’m choking. We got to know each other and became a community for one week-end, we shared stories, secrets, experiences. We laughed too, which is also a great part in the Krav Maga training! Beyond the boot-camp we became friends, and that is truly awesome.

Feedback from Guru Franklin Joseph

A wonderful experience, we had a great camp which was full of adventure and combat training. First day, we started training on the hill of Dharwad, a very difficult terrain where the participants were subjected to running up and down hills side with rocky surface – a very different experience especially when you are trained in smooth flooof a studio.

Krav Maga is all about real life scenario training and unless you are not exposed to these elements of real life, you are nothing but a crash test dummies in a street fight. So they ran up and down, and within a hours of the training, nearly everybody was pooped out. But we still had two more hours and many other hills to cover. Finally, the mind won of matter and the participants started pushing the limits of comfort-zone and got full involved in overcoming and beating the remaining terrains I would throw at them.

In the evening, we had a wonderful feedback session on future of Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Academyand a dance session followed by Briyani. 🙂 Yummy 🙂

Next day, we drove to Dandeli River camp where we had enjoyed the water of River Kali with Kayaking, Swimming and River Rafting along with a session of water-based / kayak based Krav Maga combat conditioning drills followed by river-size light sparring session. Overall, we had a blast and the participants vowed to come back for an other boot camp and a briyani session with my family. 🙂  — 

Video: Dandeli River Krav Maga Drills – 10

Dharwad-Dandeli Boot Camp team practised Krav Maga Self Defense Drills on River bank

Video: Dandeli River Kayaking with Krav Maga Drills – 9

Dharwad-Dandeli Boot Camp team merging Kayaking with Krav Maga Self Defense Drills

Video: Dandeli River Camp Swimming & Kayaking – 8

Dharwad-Dandeli Boot Camp team arrived in Dandeli River and straight away went for Swimming & Kayaking

Video: Interview in Train about the Boot Camp – 7

Dharwad-Dandeli Boot Camp train journey interview: Expectations about the Boot Camp

Video: Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Camp Fire & Dance – 6

Dharwad Boot Camp was about Camp-Fire, Songs and Dance : Hope you had fun guys! Part 1

Video: Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Jungle Training – 5

Boot Camp training incomplete without jungle training where the obstacles are tree, un-even ground & multiple attackers.

Video: Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Loose Rocks Training – 4

Boot Camp training is to fight and still punch bags in such a un-even ground like loose rocks piled up near a railway track.

Video: Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Railway Track Training – 3

We trained next a railway track and had to cross it being aware of loose rocks and on-coming trains.

Video: Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Hill Training – 2

Boot camp Hill training # 3: Participants ran up and down a busy steep winding street while conducting a drill of Krav Maga.

Video: Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Hill Training – 1

Boot camp Hill training # 1 & 2: Participants ran up and down two hills of Dharwad practising one of the drills of Krav Maga.


What is Krav Maga?

[KravMagaBangalore.in] [Post] Krav Maga is a practical and tactical system that teaches how to prevent, deal and overcome all kinds of violence and attacks. Krav Maga prepares the trainees in the subjects of self-defense, self-protection, fighting and combat skills, as well as skills to defend others, all in unique and comprehensive teachings and way. Krav Maga was developed in Israel, under realistic demands and conditions of its soldiers.

Krav Maga is a horizontal system with a unique and logical approach. It is easy to learn and retain, performed naturally and intuitively, and practically be use under stressful conditions. An essential part of Krav Maga is its teaching process, methodology and ways of training.

Krav Maga practitioners learn to defend against all variety of attacks before engaging in full-contact sparring. They are taught to respond to attacks in the quickest and most efficient way; a common lesson taught is ‘always use the nearest tool for the job’. This basically means use whichever limb is closest to your attackers at the time and whichever feels most natural. Men and women generally undergo the same drills.

About Dharwad

The word “Dharwad” means a place of rest in a long travel or a small habitation. For centuries, Dharwad acted as a gateway between the Malenaadu (western mountains) and the Bayalu seeme (plains) and it became a resting place for travellers. The name is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘dwarawata’, ‘dwara’ meaning “door” and ‘wata’ or ‘wada’ meaning “town”.

Dharwad is known as Chhota Mahabaleshwar due to its excellent climate throughours t the years. Summeare mildly hot with occasional thunderstorms, lasting from late February to early June. They are followed by the monsoon season, with moderate temperatures and a large amount of precipitation. Temperatures are fairly moderate from late October to early February, with virtually no rainfall.

The district of Dharwad has 900 years of  history. It is famous for its rich cultural heritage, historical importance, educational institutions, music, friendly people, pedha, rotti, chatney and  girmitt among other things.

Why a boot camp in Dharwad?

Guru Franklin Joseph, a senior instructor in IKMF India lives in Dharwad and wanted to showcase his new home-town to his Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Bangalore practitioners s.

He has a 5-6 practitioners of Mixed Martial Art in Dharwad and he wants to trains his Dharwad Franklin Joseph Warriors as well as Bangalore Franklin Joseph Warriors in the hills of Dharwad along with inter-personal and cultural exchange of friendship and respect amongst the two groups.

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