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 hours 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 an other 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 paiof 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, youtruly 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.
A great great workshop, where a bunch of Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Academy’s warriowent 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 hours drive to a simple out-house in Dandeli. Then we went straight into River Kali, kayaking for a hours 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 Franklin Joseph warriowho 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 an other Franklin Joseph trips very soon. Join up next time 🙂
— Guru Franklin Joseph
Photo Gallery of the Dandeli River Camp April 2013
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.