After few unplanned events, the camp starting was little delayed as I had to get down from the train in Dharwad Station. Frank sir came to pick me up. Nevertheless, the time was well spent on theory of combat while eating breakfast at his house. When we drove together to the Dandeli camp site, no time / opportunity was missed for practical training afterwards.It was raining heavy and we got into the kayak going up-stream. We had some revision of few water survival drills like falling from kayak and getting back into it etc, this making the bodies and minds of participants warmed up for next thing to come. Krav-Maga style naturopathy purification ceremony! or in simple words ‘tasting the soil’. Series of power drill exercises and Krav Maga Self Defense fighting drills in slippery mud left us scrubbed and scratched. Not to mention abs massage with punches was cherry on top!Then it was time for food and thanks to home-stay it was awesome as usual and made in quantity to feed 13 hungry monsters.Evening time was a beautiful ride in boat around the backwaters of a dam. It was really like out of something like Vietnam War movie or a documentary on Amazon. It was a heaven for photographers.
Night was completely innovative stared with fight drills in darkness. We were blinded by darkness as well as flashlight in eyes. To add to the problem, it was on 20ft wide path with 20ft fall on both sides. The random punches coming to us when we were practically blind, forced us to find message in chaos to overcome the fight.
Dinner (I will not mention ‘awesome’ again and again about the food… here after, food=awesome food) was accompanied by wise words of old monk calming down our pain and fun performances traveling through different continents from deep south to hilly north ended up with wise lessons of honor, respect and happiness. (Well, lot of ciphering here but whatever happens in Dandeli, stays in Dandeli)
Food must be digested well, so on the way back to home-stay the van was little too fast to catch so took a romantic run through darkness. After the thought s over food, it was time for food for thought s. The project was to create a weapon out of virtually harmless toothbrush and junk. So went scanning Dandeli’s dumping areas finding something that hurts. It was tested on unfortunate cold drink plastic bottle which left it with stabs and cuts. (If bottle was not hurt, we would had to sacrifice our night sleep was the ultimatum!)
Finally at 2-30 AM we went to bed with warning to be ready for training at 8AM. Next day morning, half of the team had to scarify morning tea to meet the timeline. But real life does not entertain any excuses and so does real training. Started with standard warm-up, we carried our injured comrades on shoulder for @1km. could not be done except life is threatened or sir is yelling at you. Followed by core body exercises and abs massaging punches while blindfolded, I think we had enough and it was time to fight back. So we stared revision of all the learned tactics at random. We pushed ourselves physically and mentally but mistakes were inevitable. After lot of hits and bruises finally we were allowed to stop. At the end of @2 and half hrs, we ended up physically and mentally tiered and with full list of mistakes in our minds.
For clean-up again went to nature having nice bath in Dandeli river. (I think we gave good morning entertainment to the people of Dandeli). Then had some thought s over food. For food for thought s, next project was waiting for us, fishing equipment using T-shirt, pant or towel. Soon after we left for testing with hope to taste self hunted fish. But I guess we did lot of noise in water to fear away fishes and returned with empty traps.
Fight is right way to overcome frustration so last Krav-maga session was must. So again ran/skid/fell from muddy hills for warm-up. Tried to find out enemy hidden in crowed cover. In all good fun. Then not much time was left in Dandeli so had lunch, packed bags and ran to catch train. In night, in the train, the most notorious group ate dinner and slept like innocent babies.
What a weekend! Pushing the limits of everything (physical, mental, tactical and not to mention finger-licking food!). I enjoyed it a lot. Need not to mention why. The whole description above is to prove it. Looking forward for more of it.
PS: aftermath was discovering pain areas in body and having a tetanus shot
Feedback from Vikram Nandyal
Jai Hind Sir,
I am a person who loves going outdoors, have been on quite a few adventure camps. I was wondering what does this boot camp has to offer apart from the usual treks and water games, even though i would have just trekked or stayed in water for two days without complaining.
The mud fighting session on the first afternoon we landed in Dandeli was what set the mood for the camp for me. Rolling, slipping, sparring, crawling and training in slush and rain was just an altogether different experience. Everyone were rolling in the mud like one would in chocolate, i suppose. This was followed by some delicious and mouth watering food back at the cottage. The training in the dark took the experience to a different level altogether, should admit had never done anything quite like it before.
The second day was even more interesting as we started training without any breakfast. The entire morning session was spent in training without any potable water as well. This session pushed us to our physical and psychological limits.The fish curry we had on the second day for lunch was amazing. Everyone was busy stuffing themselves with fish without the usual chatter during the lunch was not surprising at all.
Overall, the boot camp did exceed my expectations.
Indian Institute of Special Tactics And Combat Science
Specialist Guru-ji Franklin Joseph is a Social Entrepreneur, Founder and C.E.O. of Indian Institute of Special Tactics and Combat Science (I.I.S.T.A.C.S.), Dharwad. The main organization – I.I.S.T.A.C.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.