Mar 2014 Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Dandeli Boot Camp : Guru Franklin Joseph
Franklin Joseph Krav-Maga Self-Defense Academy presents Franklin Joseph Boot Camp Mar 2014. Activities included River Kayaking, making Weapons, Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Training in darkness and fit time Water Torture Obstacle all that with having lot of fun, laughter and jokes : Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Dandeli Boot Camp 2014.
Amazing experience in spite of few setbacks. Really shows the power of brothe-in-arm spirit within our Franklin Joseph Krav-Maga Self-Defense Academy family that will always rules of life ups and downs.
Special thanks to Swanand Lele, Shreejit Gangadharan, Shubham Tagra, Aditya Ganesh, Gowtham Chandrasekaran, Bharat Rajashekar, Sanjay Rai, Rohan ‘Ron’ Bera, Kishore Jain, Abhinv Das and Anubhav Arora who participated in the workshop.
Sorry for the late reply. Have been swamped at work. Been meaning to write this as soon as I got back, but it kept getting delayed.
Activity 1: Breakfast at your house
I liked this activity a lot, because I got to see a glimpse of your personal life as well. This is the fit time I met your wife and daughters r, and it felt good. I can see why you have so much respect and love for women; you have amazing women in your life.
We went kayaking again but this time, the river was larger, angrier. The water level was higher, and the flow was much greater than last time. It looked deceptive, as if it at some parts there was a possibility of crossing the river, but just getting into the water revealed that the flow was too great for any normal swimmer to tackle. We had fun with your new gadgets, and it was fun to see Anubhav topple over and get back up. I really appreciate the training you gave us last time. It would be a hopeless endeavor to try to learn this on our own, if we were stranded. When I went to Goa, I took a Kayak and went to so far out out of the harbor that I could see only see in my line of sight. I could understand that this courage only came from the assurance that I can get back on to the Kayak after having practiced it many times.
The underwater breath-holding contest was also really fun, and it forced everybody to push themselves. A jump of 15 to 40/45 seconds is huge.
Activity 3:Jeep pushing
Taught us team work, taught us endurance. And it was fun. I didn’t know I could push a jeep 🙂
Activity 4:Night training – torchlight blindness.
This was awesome. The change of stance from protecting yourselves, to taking the hit and retaliating was completely new to me. Although I wasn’t as fast as I should have been, I understood the concept of not using my eyes at all, and feeling where the opponent is. It slowly got fed into my body, and I started getting the hang of it. I was always a fan of night training, and look forward to more and more sessions.
Activity 5: Singing and dancing
This was also amazing fun, but more than that, it taught me many things about the people around me. Dancing is one of those few things that most people aren’t good at, but more importantly, most people are afraid of too. This is an easy way to find out how people react when they are uncomfortable. Fight or flight. Dancing is fun, there is no question about that. I used to hate it. I used to hate how I looked, had no confidence, and never danced. I used to be too conscious. It’s not about alcohol. I now can dance without it, but I need the “atmosphere.” And I found it here. I had a lot of fun, got to know the people with us more, and sir aap mast nachte ho. Dancer aise hi nahin the 😉 One reason that you are popular among the ladies 😉
Activity 6: Body conditioning in the morning
I liked crawling under the jeep. It was a confined space, and like you’ve said before, big guys don’t like it when they’re out of their element. I’m not good with closed spaces, but after having gone through so many woe things with you, this wasn’t that bad 🙂 This session was good, but the only disappointing thing was that it wasn’t as intense as the last time. I was looking forward to pushing myself further.
Activity 7: Hosed
This was by far the best session of the trip. Fighting in limited visibility, with buts of breathlessness and panic. With the water bring thrown into our eyes and nose, it was difficult to breathe and see, but more than that, it led to panic. And I really liked to see the way it affected people. I already know that I am a little intimidating, and since the seniors are used to me, they were affected less, but the new guys’ panic just blew up. They were afraid both while attacking and defending, and it reminded me of how afraid I was, when I had to go up against the seniors when I just joined. I am a bit more comfortable with water, and I guess I wasn’t as affected, but still, I would not like to fight under that situation. The ground was wet, we had no holds, and injuries would’ve been bad had we been on a harder/rougher surface. Eye opening session.
Overall the trip was good. A 7/10. However due to logistical difficulties, you had to face a lot of difficulties.
Hope we have more sessions. Look forward to a Goa session, especially a morning Sunday crazy endurance session on the beach – boxer training style!
Social Entrepreneur, C.E.O. & Specialist,
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 Girl Safety & Self Defence Wellness Workshops for Schools and Colleges.
In 2007, he migrated to Karnataka & founded Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defence Combat Academy, where he merges the Israeli Military Krav Maga Self Defence tactics with knowledge of Combat Science, Guerrilla Hit Run Deception strategy, Neurobehavioural Crisis Management, Conflict Situational Awareness, De-escalation Drills along with some aspects of Rapid Action Cognitive Linguistic & Body Language, Criminal Profiling and Crime Psychology, etc., added to his methodology of self-defence training.
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 (‘IKMF’) at Bangalore from 2007 onwards till 2012. He had also trained under and was certified by the Grand Master Avi Moyal, Chief Instructor, IKMF, Israel and has attended countless workshops by Krav Maga legends & stalwarts like Grand Master Eyal Yanilov, Chief Instructor, KMG, 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 Combat 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 in his Krav Maga capsules to help promote its unique and amazing tactics.
In 2017, his Krav Maga academy was awarded ‘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 SVP National Police Academy, Hyderabad. He has also trained Krav Maga Self Defence to women personal of the Hubballi-Dharwad Police.
Mr. Franklin Joseph was born into the slums of New Delhi, India, and from an early age, he was unwillingly exposed to the world of sexual abuse and violent crime. After surviving 22-25 years in petty gangs 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.
Mr Joseph has conducted 400+ Power to Women Self Defence Workshop for Corporate Women from Jaipur, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai etc. He has also been invited as guest lecturer on Girl-Child Self Defence in various schools and colleges all over India. His ‘iTeachiPower.com’ Girl Empower and Mentor Girls project is in its pilot stage and will soon be implemented with help from school and college students in Karnataka.
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”.
He 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 NGO.
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.
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 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.