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Guru Franklin Joseph: Questions for an Authentic Genuine Krav Maga center with Combat Experience?

Last updated on October 10th, 2018 at 09:19 am

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Lot of people call me to ask about ‘Self Defense’ training. Most of them have no clue what self defense training actually is. For them its karate kicks, Kung fu style and kickboxing name. They only equate them with movies styles and perfect bodies of the movie action stars. Nobody wants to think about the hard work and pain, just everybody want to learn it as fast as possible. First question they ask is How many days can I learn this? The question they should ask is how authentic and genuine is my training?

[] [Post] Nobody even cares to ask about the instructor quality of training or his experience in actual combat. Anyway, here are some questions you must ask to see if you are spending your money in the right place to get the right knowledge.

1. How many days can I learn this ?

Sorry to be blunt, but lets take an example: if you ask a women how many days she would fall in love with and kiss you? There are two ways she can reply back.

  1. One tight slap and make you work very hard on your effort to get close to her
  2. Gives you a time period like one day or a month or so.

Of course, you know the second answer, means she is not a respectable women. Second, one is the right kind of women you should date!

Well, to be fair, self defense training is limited to some time period like we have 5 months but those five months we will train hard in realistic scenarios.

2. My instructor claims he is a Krav Maga Instructor

Check his/her certificates. Usually, an instructor will claim he/she knows something when he passes his exam. In Krav Maga, an exam can be taken within two days of training. Knowing the tactics of Krav Maga does not qualify him to start teaching it. Who do you want to learn from: A fresher down the block or an combat experienced teacher.

3. He has lot of degrees in other traditional martial arts and now he is teaching Krav Maga

Learning Self Defense does not mean you need to have martial arts background. Martial arts background can be a asset in getting respect and certificate but actually also learning curve as one who has learned rules and regulations have suddenly have to fight without rules.

Krav Maga is not a martial arts. Martial arts has rules. Martial arts is based on rigid katas.

A F1 Ferrari car cannot be compared with a Hummer just because it has four wheels and a engine.

Krav Maga has no rules and it is very flexible and adapts according to the Krav Maga practitioners. Who do you want to help you protect your life, someone who has just learned something new (Krav Maga) or someone who has gone through the pain and hard work that comes with combat.

Yes, one can teach and switch from one martial arts to Krav Maga but he will have the Krav Maga combat experience little more than the beginner in the class he is teaching as he as a teacher practiced these moves without rules only for few months or days. I am not, its wrong or right to train with a new Krav Maga instructor but it’s your money, so invest it wisely.

3. My instructor has a Krav Maga certificate, is that enough?

No, that not enough. An other blunt example: Your loved one has a serious illness like cancer, so would you show him/her to

  1. Nearest Physician General Doctor who weaa white lab coat and has a clinic with nurse in it
  2. A student doctor who has just got his degree and has little or no experience in real life case studies and he just want to use you to gain his experience
  3. A well established experienced specialist in the field of cancer

Any criminal who might attack you, want to hurt you really bad same as cancer. Plus he can take your dignity or life at any time just like cancer.

So when this terror strikes, who do you want to go to to cure it? Anybody who calls himself a martial artist black belt teaching self defense class.

Or you can go to a newly advertised Krav Maga instructor who will show you his certificate, but see what date his got this certificate. If he started practicing recently, he might lie to you about his experience, check out photos or articles on social networking or newspapefor his publicity.

Or you can search and go to a authentic combat experienced Krav Maga instructor. I also started out as a beginner with no experience in combat but when you are invest money and staking your life on it’s training, choose wisely.

4. Ok, how to know he has combat experience ?

Only way to know is your guts feeling and asking a lot of stupid questions

I have knows in my years of teaching in Self Defense, there is NO stupid question. So any questions, my fellow krav maga practitioners have asked him actually might save his/her life in such a no rules combat especially in a street crime scenario.

So, I have always made a effort to answer them. Sometimes, the questions seems stupid but it would force me to ask my senioon my quest to answer them.

Second, follow your common sense, if something he shows that is too good to be true or too easy, then it will not work in a real life experience.

One such video is online where this self defense instructor shows a way to expose a hidden knife on the body of the molester.

He said fall on the molester pretending to have a epileptic seizure so that you can use your arms and legs to rub against his body to see if he has hidden weapons, once you find it, take it off his hands by throwing him off balance and running away. Interesting tactical concept.

Only one glitch! A women does not want to rub herself all over a molester or rapist. Period! So you see it’s looked so easy but in practicality it’s the most preposterous thing I have ever heard.

So please do not fall into these traps of so called easy simple tactics! Stay safe is not a easy job, its hard work and lot of practice. And I would like my child to go to the best school with best experienced teachers to help protect my child life. And in street combat, that child is you and the future of your family.

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.


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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.