Ashok.G.V.: “Setbacks or stressful situations not seem that intimidating anymore”

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Ashok G.V.

Advocate, Krav Maga Practitioner, Bangalore

I have had my fair share of difficult situations on the street. My job often involves unforeseen risks simply because of the wide variety of situations and people that I come across. In this background, I constantly felt like something was holding me back from reaching my full potential. Certain experiences on the street and what I read in the crime section on the news had helped me retreat into a mental cocoon from which I was afraid to come out, even when necessary, lest my fear of becoming a victim of crime come true.

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Krav Maga Bangalore AshokFear is an undesirable emotion which is most likely to result in bad decisions. Yet it is an important tool for safety. However in the comforts of everyday routine, the tranquillity of the familiar and the security of repetition, we somewhere forget where to draw the line and cave into our emotions. Krav Maga helped me understand fear by developing a better understanding of myself and what I was capable of. Within the first few weeks of Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Bangalore training, my mind felt so strong that suddenly my height or lack of strength seemed inconsequential. The surge of confidence that I felt brought about a whole new sense of calm and security. In the process everything from the way I dealt with stressful situations at work to the time spent with loved ones improved. In summary, Krav Maga has brought a sense of inner peace and courage to my mind and more often than not, setbacks or stressful situations don’t seem that intimidating anymore.

Very recently, I was confronted with a situation involving some nasty people who were in an altercations with me, in the course of my job as a lawyer. Tempers were running high and threats were being directed at me and my clients (who happened to be family friends). Typically I would have frozen and messed up by lashing out. But I smiled at my opponents, asked them to calm down and diplomatically asserted our position. Not only did we reach a compromise but my opponents promised to get in touch with me in case they ever needed a lawyer. My confidence stemmed out of a sense of security and awareness which Guru Franklin Joseph and Krav Maga instilled in me during training. Not only was I confident of emerging victorious in a brawl, but I was confident of resolving the situation without conflict which is what ultimately happened. That is the beauty of Krav Maga!

On Franklin Joseph, Krav Maga Instructor

Training under Franklin Joseph Sir is an opportunity to truly understand one’s strengths and weaknesses. It is not just the manner in which he breaks down the science behind the techniques that makes him a unique teacher. It is the maturity and responsibility that he inculcates along with the techniques that truly makes Krav Maga, an attitude and a way of life beyond a mere self defence system. What I have personally grown to appreciate is his candidness about where I stand as his student.
He is specific in his observations and points out exactly what I need to work on. At the same time, he is never far away from offering encouraging words and commendations when he sees someone making progress. In the process one will grow to realise that his lessons are the result of a holistic approach to imparting training.

I consciously believe that a person is the best at what he does only if he can help others understand his discipline. On the other hand a person not fully an expert will make his discipline seem like Rocket Science. Frank Sir is one whose depth of knowledge and understanding translates into lessons which anyone with the right spirit can learn. I would strongly recommend his classes for anyone who is looking for the right teacher to help them not just to understand Krav Maga but to generally understand life.

Excerpt from Guru Franklin Joseph

Guru Franklin Joseph is a Israeli certified Senior Civilian Instructor of Krav Maga Bangalore, an Israeli Elite Military Self Defense Combat system Mixed Martial Arts with no-rules, battle-tested, fast-paced, reflex-action based tactics dedicated to no-holds-barred combat for the purpose of street survival practiced in real life scenario based training.:

Ashok is an cluster of amazement personality. He is a gem of a person, very soft spoken, warm and caring human being. Ashok went out of the way, hundred of time to help me, whether its a legal issues or personal issues. He along with chosen few has been a pillar of strength for me personally when the going gets tough in this business. Recently when I wanted to host a workshop, he went out of the way to help me out, contacting people and following up. He is constantly finding avenues to help Krav Maga grow and always encourages me to explore such new areas. As a Krav Maga fighter, he surprised me to the core. When you look at his face, he looks like a timid young man. When he starts to fight, he takes on this very different personality which is a force to recon with. He is a dedicated learner, asking questions to learn his tactics. It is simply a joy to be a Krav Maga teacher to such a fighter who never quits, no matter what. God Bless. — 
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Social Entrepreneur, C.E.O. & Specialist
Specialist Guru-ji 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 Guru-ji 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.
‘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.
Franklin JosephPower 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 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.
Krystal Joseph & Franklin JosephiTeachiPower.inGirl 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.
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