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Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Dandeli Boot Camp 2016 – Part 1

Every years, we conduct Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Dandeli Boot Camp. The concept of the camp is to get together all Krav Maga Bangalore practitioners , train together and have fun too. Here are some Franklin Joseph Krav Maga warrior’s testimonials of the Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Dandeli boot camp as well as photo gallery of the first day of the camp.

Kaveri : “I ate much more food than I eat at home!”

Review : Kaveri : "I ate much more food than I eat at home!"8 Yea Old


Jai Hind. This was my fit ‘Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Dandeli Boot Camp’ with Guruji Franklin. I went there with my parents. I met a lot of nice people during the trip and had great fun. I liked the river Kali the most. I made friends with Krystal (our Guruji Franklin Joseph daughters r) in the water. We went on a kayak. Then I got into the water and lay down on my back. We did some training in the water. Then we put our head in the water to see who could hold their breath the longest. I loved the food in Milind uncle’s homestay. The beans sabji was yummy. I ate much more food than I eat at home. We did some training in the backwate of Dandeli forest. I learnt that Franklin Joseph Krav maga training could be good fun. Everybody in the ‘Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Dandeli Boot Camp’ helped each other. On Sunday night, we danced nicely in sir’s house. I was very sad to leave my new friends who were from the other centers. I hope Guruji Franklin Joseph organizes more ‘Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Dandeli Boot Camp’ so that I can see my friends again. Guruji Franklin Joseph, thank you for organizing this boot camp. It was one of my greatest trips.

Anand, Kaveri’s Father : “They stretched beyond what they thought was possible!”

Anand, Kaveri's Father : "They stretched beyond what they thought was possible!"

40 Yea Old

Parent of Kaveri

Jai Hind. In ‘Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Dandeli Boot Camp’, unlike the other participants on this trip, my wife and I went not as students but as parents accompanying our 8 years old daughters Kaveri. But that is not to say our learning from the trip was not significant. In fact, watching Guruji Franklin Joseph at close quarter, teaching his students was a great learning experience for me. The long hours that Guruji Franklin Joseph had put into planning and organizing the trip was evident right from the beginning of the trip. The train and mini van trips, the homestay, the activities in the river and most importantly, the multiple training sessions were all planned and executed with the precision of a military operation. It was evident that Guruji Franklin Joseph puts his heart and soul in his classes and his students have for him great respect and awe. He shares his knowledge openly and without reservation – be it his self defence techniques or the life lessons from his own experiences. It was also a joy to get to know his family members , his wife Sharon and daughters Krystal – who like him are most welcoming and generous. Many of the students we interacted with felt that they had learnt a least one significant life skill during the boot camp that had stretched them beyond what they thought was possible. In the process of accompanying our daughters to this trip, we made acquaintances with a wonderful set of people. We are fortunate to have found Guruji Franklin Joseph and his Franklin Joseph Krav-Maga Self Defense class.

Ramya : “The experience was mind blowing!”

Review : Ramya : "The experience was mind blowing!"

30 Yea Old

Deputy Manager – HR

Jai Hind. This has been my fit’ Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Dandeli Boot Camp’ experience. To be honest, before joining it I was a little paranoid about how it would be, I didn’t know anyone in the group, I’ve never experienced a boot camp in my life and I was aware the training would be extensive. But this experience was mind blowing. We learnt a lot during the training. Ground fights, defence, 360 degree fights, weapon holding, how to release when you’re bound, etc. I got to learn a lot from the sessions. The seniors Swanand Sir and Aravind Sir along with Guruji Franklin Joseph taught us all of that, including how to act during stressful situations. Apart from training Guruji Franklin Joseph ensured we had fun as well. Swimming in the river, going to the backwate, open Jeep ride in the middle of the jungle. Most importantly Milind Sir’s homestay food and hospitality. The entire family were amazing. Last but not the least I would say that it’s the company that matte wherever you go. This group, we got along so well like we knew each other since ages. We girls had an amazing time staying together. The train conventions, the crazy ghost stories… I would never forget this trip ever. I am glad I got to be a part of this. Thanks to Guruji Franklin Joseph and each and everyone in the group for making this trip very special.

Arathi : “Trip to self realization of where I stand and where I need to improve. :)”

Review : Arathi : "Trip to self realization of where I stand and where I need to improve. :)"

22 Yea Old

Software Engineer

Jai Hind. ‘Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Dandeli Boot Camp’ were always something that I wanted to experience so when I got an opportunity, I wasted no time in opting for it. My expectation from the camp was 2 days of rigorous cardio, so as the day to the camp neared I was both excited and dreading the experience. But I was pleasantly proven wrong, the camp was so much more than that. This ‘Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Dandeli Boot Camp’ was intepeed with training in water (unknown terrain), near backwate (uneven terrain), running in the dark between forest roads with only fireflies guiding your way, sitting in an open jeep and having a roller coaster of the rides on those downhills, life-saving workshops to free yourself of duct tape binds, releasing yourself of locks and chokes on the muddy poking ground so much so that my white shirt was turned all brown, cleaning yourself in the river water later, collecting pet rocks, gorging on food like you’ve not eaten for days, weapon training demonstration, being called joke and then treated to ice creams!; neat rum shots, singing classics, Swanand sir ki shayari, dancing like no one is watching. Yes, this camp was training + so much fun. But above all this camp for me personally was a place where I ended up introspecting, I couldn’t help it. It was a trip to self realization of where I stand and where I need to improve. I saw people my age, younger, older than me, of different sex than I was, give their all, and I was left with no excuse. They were people like me with unique combinations of strengths and weakness. They were there building up their strengths and working on their weaknesses, they motivated me to push myself, to accept myself as who I am, they also accepted me the way I was, which made me feel respected, I realized I could be myself with them, such was the crowd here. I’m really grateful and thankful to everyone I met on this camp. I saw seniors who only minutes before were singing and cracking jokes with us, demonstrate maneuver in the weapon training/demonstration with perfect swiftness that I couldn’t quite grasp. I realized that I have a long way to go, that I had only begun (probably not even that!). It made me realise there was a lot more for me to do and how the best of the people are most humble. Guruji Franklin Joseph screamed at us, shours ted at us, called us joke, it made me feel bare and void, then showered love on us, motivated us to do more, to push ourselves, it was like he was making us unlearn things we learnt wrong and learn it the right way. All in all, personally it was a much needed experience on an emotional level too. Lastly, special thanks to Milind Sir and his family, for all the love (read food and love) and care. I can’t stop thinking about how yum “rock water makar fish” was. Thank you Guruji Franklin Joseph for this experience.

Sathya : “Intensity in the training with both theoretical and practical knowledge!”

Review : Sathya : "Intensity in the training with both theoretical and practical knowledge!"

37 Yea Old

Aerospace Engineer

Jai Hind. The ‘Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Dandeli Boot Camp’ was the fit one to attend since I started learning Krav Maga. It was all together a different and awesome experience. Before sharing my learning & experience I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Guruji Franklin Joseph. In fact thank you will be a word inadequate to express as Guruji Franklin Joseph & his wife Sharon mam have planned the event well. I hope there will be many more events in future. On the general note it is an uphill task to gather divee crowd and conduct an event. However the whole event was handled very professionally and in an organized manner. I would like to thank senior members Mr. Swanand Lele & Mr. Aravind who supported Guruji Franklin Joseph to run the show smoothly. The event had various sessions, a lot of learning which are entirely different from the class room training. In the boot camp the training was conducted in different places like hill slope, fresh water lakes etc,. As to everyone, I used to visualize the landscapes and water bodies as beauty of the nature, however along with it there are many other factors like slippery floor, sharp stones beneath water, whirlpools, etc., which we generally tend to be ignored. In case of any crime is added to these, it will be much more difficult to handle the scenario. It is unimaginable to see our loved ones in such situations. The ‘Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Dandeli Boot Camp’ had that intensity in the training with both theoretical and practical knowledge to handle these type of situations tactically. The night training session on a hostage situation was utterly a real time scenario. The drill on ground fight at a Dandeli school ground, & handling an armed peon at Guruji Franklin Joseph house were my most appreciated learning of all the training. Guruji Franklin Joseph taught that Franklin Joseph Krav Maga is more mental than physical, the training gives confidence to the peon who is learning it, but I observed this confidence getting build in the female students irrespective of the age who were in the camp. And last but not least talking about the fun, it was the group who really made the whole trip exciting. Many times we spend lot of money but end up in unsatisfactory food. It was the other way round, quality food for a decent price at Dandeli and was made possible by Milind sir, he added a punch with the food to the trip. Bottom line I really loved each and every instance of the camp and eagerly waiting for next camp.
1. What the surprises you discovered about yourself in the Dandeli camp?
I was surprised to see myself pushing to reach the goals given…I was not confident before the trip….
2. Who amazed you the most in the camp and how?
I was mostly amazed to see Krystal (Guruji Franklin Joseph daughters r) perform the same as grown ups.
3. Most interesting event you did and what you learned from it?
Most interesting event was the night hostage rescue situation

Naada : “I need to work more, practice more but its do-able, it’s not impossible!”

Review : Naada : "I need to work more, practice more but its do-able, it's not impossible!"

31 Yea Old

Siebel Consultant

Jai Hind. Spending the weekend together in ‘Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Dandeli Boot Camp’ with the group of people whose age varied from 8 to 35+ was in itself a different experience altogether. People from various backgrounds, profession, different states, all came together with just 1 objective, to learn something new, to have fun, to get better at what we do and to be better human beings. To be among the group with the seniors who are always ready to share their experience, to clear our doubts and to help every time in every way only enhanced the great experience of this camp. I swam in the river for the fit time (I had the life jacket of coue ;), safety precautions is the fit priority after-all) and its just refreshing. People call me a runner, but when I tried uphill for the second time is when I realize that I still have so much more to practice and build my stamina. To run in the night, pitch dark jungle roads, it’s tough to put it in words on what you feel. I didn’t actually b other who was in front of me, who was behind me, I did not panic, all I did was just to run and be with myself and it’s not something that you can experience on every day basis. In the hostage training, when my hands were tied back with the tape and other participants are hitting you and I tried to free myself is when I realized, probably slow but it’s not impossible to do. It boosted my confidence further.  For a girl whose never fought anyone on ground, whose never hit or kicked anyone, whose rolled in mud, the ground training in Dandeli was an eye opener. It boosted my confidence further up and I also realized, things are not easy but at the same time they are not impossible as well. The strength and joy you get in your heart when you put your opponent down is incomparable to anything. Also I realized my weak points, that I need to build my strength more, I need to learn the tactics better,  and that I need to work more, practice more but its do-able, it’s not impossible. Self realization of our positives and negatives is very important. And this boot camp helped me with that. Thanks to Guruji Franklin Joseph for such a great experience.
1. What the surprises you discovered about yourself in the Dandeli camp?
That I would not hesitate to roll in mud if the fight leads me there.
2. Who amazed you the most in the camp and how ?
Archana – her strength.
3. Most interesting event you did and what you learned from it?
Learning tactics of Ground fighting in Dandeli – self realisation of my weaknesses and strength.

Sudeep : “The trip was so much fun and would do it a million times again!”

Review : Sudeep : "The trip was so much fun and would do it a million times again!"

34 Yea Old

Assistant Consultant

Jai Hind. ‘Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Dandeli Boot Camp’ has been the single best thing that has ever happened to me. In this 2 day ‘Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Dandeli Boot Camp’, I learned so much not just about Krav Maga Self Defense but learned about my own strengths and weaknesses. I learned that my mind can definitely overcome my body even when my mouth says it can’t. I learned how to look upon the world differently. The entire team met at Bangalore railway station and all safety rules and regulations were clearly broadcasted by Guruji Franklin Joseph prior to our travel. We reached Dharwad railway station at 6:00 in the morning. Guruji Franklin Joseph took us to his home and introduced all of us to his family and they really made us comfortable as at home & we were part of the family. Post that all of us got ready for our ride to Dandeli home stay. We were welcomed by Milind sir & his family, who were the host for our Dandeli stay. They are so humble, patient and the coolest people you will ever meet. They made us feel right at home! As per the itinerary for Day 1, we unpacked ourselves, had our breakfast and then headed towards the river. It was an awesome experience getting into the cold water and Kayaking for the fit time. The weather was perfect. The session ended with all of us warming up to Krav Maga Self Defense tactics on the river banks. Lunch was waiting for us at the home stay and it was a real taste to the buds. We relaxed for some time and then headed towards the forest where we had quite a good warm-up session followed by some sightseeing and practicing Krav Maga on the banks of backwate. We had a grilling session focusing on techniques, stance and emphasizing points we should keep in mind. Swanand sir was leading the Krav Maga Self Defense training drills and Guruji Frank was monitoring all of us. It was almost pitch dark by the time we were done with the drills and it was time to head back to homestay. While we thought it was all over, there was this surprise package of run through the jungle. It was an other amazing experience running through the jungle with only the moon above to show us some light. Finally, we reached our home stay and had a nice relaxing dinner. It was then time again for some indoor Krav Maga drills until late night and then a sound sleep which ended our Day 1 activities. Day 2 began with a warm-up followed by various ground grappling techniques in a school ground. Again the focus here was to make us familiar with all sorts of attacks/threats which one may encounter in real life and how to get out of it and counter. Post the session Guruji Franklin Joseph briefed all of us on the importance of Krav Maga and shared his real life experiences with the team. It was time for breakfast followed by river activities like Kayaking, swimming and some fun with the team. We then packed up & headed to Guruji’s Franklin Joseph home in Dharwad where we had Krav Maga weapons training & drills and how to counter attacks. It was one an other great session with lots of knowledge. The training for Day 2 ends with dinner, ice-cream, some call and fun and encouraging words from Guruji, Swanand sir & other seniors to the whole team. It was now time to pack up and head to Bangalore. The entire training was very well individualized so that a beginner could learn well and build up their basics, whereas someone at a higher level could focus on perfecting their technique and on developing proper mechanics and execution. Guruji’s Franklin Joseph understanding and ability to explain concepts throughout the session was really amazing. His energetic attitude and passion to train us is remarkable. I had so much fun and would do it a million times again! I met some truly amazing people and witnessed some beautiful things and I implore anyone reading the reviews to just sign up and do it because even though it will be hard and painful you can do it and you will feel amazing! It will help you adapt and grow mentally, physically. Thanks a ton to Guruji Franklin Joseph for organizing this boot camp. It was truly an amazing experience!!
1. What the surprises you discovered about yourself in the Dandeli camp?

I realized my strength and weaknesses in the camp.Lot of areas to work upon and most importantly the fear factors r has reduced.

2. Who amazed you the most in the camp and how ?
Swanand sir was very impressive.he is always lively and active and when it comes to training, he trains tough and also helps others with training.
3. Most interesting event you did and what you learned from it?
Most interesting event for me was the ground grappling techniques.i had never done anything like this before and what it thought me is never give up..we can always bounce back.

Photo Gallery – Train, Dharwad Cake & Kali River Kayaking

Photo Gallery – Dandeli Backwate & Night Training


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About Specialist Franklin Joseph

Franklin Joseph
Social Entrepreneur, C.E.O. & Specialist
Indian Institute of Strategic Threat-Intelligence Analysis & Combat Tactical Science
Specialist Guruji Franklin Joseph is a Social Entrepreneur, Founder and C.E.O. of Indian Institute of Strategic Threat-Intelligence Analysis & Combat Tactical Science (I.I.S.T.A.C.T.S.), Dharwad. The main organization - I.I.S.T.A.C.T.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 & Girl Safety Empowerment & Girl Self Defence Wellness Education Workshops for Schools and Colleges.
Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defence Academy, Bengaluru, Hubballi & Dharwad
In 2007, Mr. Franklin Joseph migrated from Delhi to Karnataka & founded Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defence Academy. He recently started Krav Maga Self Defense in Hubballi Dharwad too. In these academy, apart from learning Israeli Military Krav Maga Self Defence tactics, these one-of-a-kind unique life saving skill-set exclusively incorporated by Specialist Guruji Franklin Joseph are added to your training.
  • Pro-active Combat Science
  • Guerrilla Hit & Run Deception Strategy
  • Neuro-Behavioral Crisis Management
  • Warrior Mindset
  • Fear Counterinsurgency
  • Pro-Failure Conversion Technique
  • Psychological Anti-Stress Conditioning
  • Pre-Conflict Situational Awareness
  • Post-Battle Quick Response
  • Violence De-Escalation Techniques
  • Stealth & Evasive Tactics
  • Verbal Modulation Instructions
  • Crime Radar Deterrence Manoeuvre
  • Emotional & Critical Balance
  • Criminal Profiling
  • Rope & Hammer Combat Fitness
  • Tyre Bone Rugged Drills
  • Body & Mind Pain Conditioning
  • Decrypting Pre-Crime Sequence
  • Battle Strength Training etc.
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.
'Guruji' 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 Guruji 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 Girl Safety Empowerment & Girl Self Defence Wellness Education Workshops
Franklin Joseph founded - Girl Safety Empowerment & Girl Self Defense Wellness Education Workshop for schools & colleges. Ms. Krystal Joseph is the C.E.O. of and is also the youngest Instructor of Krav Maga & 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 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
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,,, 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.