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
Leaving 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.
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. :) — Franklin Joseph
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
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?
[KravMagaSelfDefenseBengaluru.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.
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.
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.
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.
Franklin Joseph founded iTeachiPower.in – Girl Safety Empowerment & Girl Self Defense Wellness Education Workshop for schools & colleges. Ms. Krystal Joseph is the C.E.O. of iTeachiPower.in and is also the youngest Instructor of Krav Maga & iTeachiPower.in in Karnataka. Together we 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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