Former R.P.F.S & Assistant Commissioner, Indian Railway Protection Force
Krav Maga Outdoor Boot Camp Review:
The boot camp started with some wonderful strawberry picking which all of us relished; picking and munching a few.
We commenced the outdoor Krav Maga Self Defence training conducted by Guru-ji Franklin Joseph on our way back from strawberry farm which was intriguing and distinct from our regular indoor training. Guru-ji Franklin Joseph, CEO of Indian Institute of Strategic Threat-Intelligence Analysis & Combat Tactical Science, thought us some action-packed moves to combat Krav Maga car-jacking and Krav Maga car hostage situations. The tactics were phenomenal and life-saving. Richa, one our Krav Maga Self Defense Warrior figured out a way to open the tailgate if one is trapped inside which was incredible.
The Krav Maga boot camp organised by Guru-ji Franklin Joseph was enjoyable and helped us foster some brilliant tactics at the same time. Guru-ji Franklin Joseph, as amazing as always, ensured safety and competency which well and truly is an art and required years of experience.
Last but not the least, shifting the Krav Maga dead body (game) was jollity for both the teams. It’s an honour to be part of the Franklin’s Krav Maga Self Defence Warriors family.
Vidhu Mahana – Krav Maga Warrior
Krav Maga Outdoor Boot Camp Review:
If there is one skill everyone should master, it is that of analysing crime situations and having the power to neutralise it. Nothing builds more confidence than mastering pain, overcoming fear and self-doubts and facing adversity head on.
That is exactly what we learn from Guru-ji Franklin Joseph, CEO of Indian Institute of Strategic Threat-Intelligence Analysis & Combat Tactical Science who has trained the military warriors of our country. Last Sunday March 19th, we had the chance to test ourselves in the outdoor Krav Maga boot camp at the outskirts of Bengaluru. The day started with all of us plucking fresh strawberries in the farm as a group. Later we halted at unconventional places for combat training. The first one was about moving in confined places efficiently while taking care of the things around us and manoeuvrings in the chaos. There were drills which had us place agile footing in the natural muddy trails while keeping our guard and moving like Krav Maga Self Defense warriors.
The best part was yet to come when Guru-ji made us learn how to get out of a bondage situation, tying our hands with duct tape and teaching us how to get out of that lock. This was followed by neutralizing the knife on throat situation when sitting inside the car. Great insights on that drill. Thirdly, we had our hands tied again and made to get into the car trunk and get locked out simulating a hostage situation.
While it was fun, we learnt a lot how to trust ourselves by focusing on ‘solutions’ – untying and opening the trunk and also trusting our fellow men when locked together. This was then followed by a common hostage/rape simulation where criminal can throw you into your own car when you’re bending down and taking your stuff out or putting in.
We learnt how to neutralise that situation as a warrior. Lastly it was pain conditioning time and nothing could be better than taking back to back punches on the gut from our fellow warriors which is one step forwards towards learning to deal with pain.
Overall, it was a fulfilled Sunday with lots of fun and learning. Big thanks to Guru-ji Franklin Joseph and lucky to have been learning from a person who has trained the best Krav Maga Self Defense warriors in the world.
I found the Krav Maga Self Defense drills and tactics we learnt today really insightful. I’ve learnt that there is no reason to be afraid of having your hands being tied, because as long as you have presence of mind and the will to do the tactic, mentally your hands are not in fact all that tied. Learning how to make your way out of a car truck was also so much fun. The Krav Maga Self Defense tag/biscuit game too in the broken building too really showed me how much harder everything can be when there are obstacles in the environment. Overall, I can’t think of how it could have been better, except for me not forgetting to bring duct tape.
Ms. Tanaz Toorkey – Krav Maga Warrior
Krav Maga Outdoor Boot Camp Review:
The outdoor training was a unique experience, one that I would only get with the Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Bengaluru Academy. For the short period of time that we did it, it helped expose us all to more real-life scenarios, where outside of our own comfort zones, practically anything can happen.
The Krav Maga Self Defense Touch Game we played amongst the rubble of a broken house, taught us all how in a fraction of a second, things can change when your guard is down. It showed that getting hurt is almost inevitable – there will be chaos, there will be pain in real life – but what matters is to keep going and not lose focus.
The ‘pass the dead body game’ challenged us to think outside of the box and handle crisis situations rather than be helpless. It made us all to work as a team – and forced us to have trust and depend on those around us to work as a team.
The Krav Maga car-jack drill – with a knife to the throat when seated in a vehicle – is the most practical example we have done so far, where we are constricted within a small space, and with limited movements, shows us how to turn the tables on an attacker.
The Krav Maga hostage situation in the car trunk was an eye-opening experience – one would think the victim is at the mercy of the attacker, with hands tied and shut in the back of a car – but there is always a solution to every problem – and if we can just keep calm, the answer is right there in front of our eyes.
All in all, it was the most unique and fulfilling day, and I hope to have many more such with Guru-ji Franklin Joseph. With all his training, we keep reinforcing in ourselves our own ability to handle pain, chaos, and come out of hostile and life-threatening situations as ‘warriors’, and come out of our own self-imposed ‘victim’ mentality.
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.