Marie Claire India Magazine
If you are bored of your regular workout and years n for something different, give Krav Maga a try. Its a great exercise, with a kick of self defense thrown in.
What does fitness mean to you? If its just ‘the right curves’, then probably already have an information overload on the options that will you get there. But if fitness to you means mental agility, a healthy aggression, toned muscles and the ability to take down any potential threat with a kick in the groin, then you will have to look at the techniques like Krav Maga.
] It is an Israeli strategy that is especially suited to women. Pegged as a self defense technique, it equips students with tactical manoeuvres to deal with real-life situations when faced with an attackers. Krav Maga works on identifying, exploring and quicking human reflexes to be able to successfully combat any threat. It is defensive in nature and deals with potentially dangerous situations, making fitness a mandatory requirement for its students.
According to calculated estimates, one hours of Krav Maga helps burns approximately 800 calories. It’s a fast-paced, high-energy workout designed to tone, build, sculpt and strengthen your body to be all it can be. Says Vicky Kapoor, Chief Instructor, Krav Maga India, “We follow a prescribed syllabus in our classes. In each session, students are taught to deal with different situations. For example, one session could deal with knife threats and next one with car-jacking. Depending on the techniques in question, different muscles are workout out in each session”.
The various drills that Krav Maga uses include kick-boxing, punching, striking, aerobics (different cardio exercises combined with coordinates drills), anaerobic (power drills for various muscles group) and combative (punching and kicking the elbow and knee pads to loud music), ensuring that the workouts don’t become monotonous for the students. It also results in all muscles of the body being workout in rotation, leading to a tremendous full-body exercise.
While these techniques were developed for the Israeli military, its inherent nature makes it ideal for women. The premise on which Krav Maga rests is self-preservation, or elimination of danger. “And while women may be physically weaker than men, they have stronger willpower. They are protectoby nature, making it easier for them to grasp this particular form of self-defense,” explains Kapoor.
A regular Krav Maga class would begin with high-intensity cardio workouts and circuit exercise, followed by training in specialised manoeuvres. Owing to its rigorous nature, injury is a common worry for students. However, Kapoor assures that it is completely safe and suitable for all ages and body types. “Threats don’t come to people based on their physical conditions. Anyone can be in danger and so everyone must know how to defend themselves.”
An other concern about Krav Maga is related to its actual application. While it’s one thing to practise the moves in a safeguard environment, its completely an other to be able to apply these when faced with real-life danger. To this end, there is a lot of concentration on mental fitness in these classes. Workshops are organised where different assaults scenarios are played out in real life setting, with the attackers verbally and physically attacking students. The padded attackers allows students the opportunity to practise full-power full contact defence techniques. Decision-making under high pressure situation is also taught in these workshops. “Scenario-based training gives the students a chance to experience the emotionally charged nature for such attacks and they learn how to react when overcome by an adrenaline rush.” says Kapoor.
According to him, it takes anything between three to six months for a student to get a basic knowledge of Krav Maga. To be certified as a professional, one needs 180 hours of rigorous training. But what Kapoor regrets most is that students don’t seem to pursue it for long. “Most women who come here don’t join with fitness or self-defense in mind. They think of it as a weight-loss programme. And when they find a better option, they just leave. And so, while women are more in need of self-defense, their numbeare shrinking in our classes.”
But there is little doubt about the effectiveness of Krav Maga – both as a self defense strategy and as a mean of staying fit. Celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Lucy Liu, Angelina Jolie and Sandra Bullock are known to have practised it, while closer home it has found patrons like Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta.
Krav Maga is not always pretty. It involves fist-fighting, groin-kicking, arm-twisting and even shoving and pushing. Unlike your feel-good aerobics class or the posh gym next door, this class can be painful and exhausting, with the occasional bruise thrown in. Its rough and tough, down and dirty. But it’s also enjoyable, en-lighting and useful. It fulfils the basic need to defend oneself. And if Darwin’s ‘survival of the fittest’ theory applies to this day and age, then there’s no better way of surviving or staying fit than this. In Bangalore, the Israeli Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Bangalore classes are conducted by Mr. Franklin Joseph (9886769281).
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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.