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Guru Franklin Joseph: “What hardships led to the creation of Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Bangalore chapter?”

Last updated on August 7th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

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How Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Bangalore Israeli Self Defense studio started

The Bangalore chapter of Krav Maga was started in November, 2007. Since the club did not had any official name, it was named ‘Franklin Joseph‘ by Guru Franklin Joseph on March 30, 2012.

The story of its founder, Guru Franklin Joseph, is in itself a representation of the core principles of Krav Maga Israeli Self Defense, which is to always fight, never give up and to prevail notwithstanding stress and setbacks.
Guru Franklin Joseph training with Grand Master Avi Moyal in ground fighting workshop in Krav Maga Civilian Instructor Course held on September 2007 in New Delhi. At the end of this very session, Guru Franklin Joseph got his chest fractured while participating in a Krav Maga stress game of contact combat.

Serious Injury ? Give up OR Create Something Huge?

[] [Post] Guru Franklin Joseph began training under the tutelage of Sir Vicky Kapoor, since 2004 which was when Krav Maga was first introduced in India. During a full-contact combat training in a Krav Maga workshop, Guru Franklin Joseph, sustained fracture to his chest and injures to knees forcing him to rest and recover. At the same time, due to downsizing in the company he was employed with, Guru Franklin Joseph had to resign from his Creative Director / Team Leader designation. Numerous parallel setbacks at home in the form of Guru Franklin’s mother’s demise due to a years old struggle with cancer and father’s head injury due to a home accident had made things worse financially and spiritually. At times, for days, Guru Franklin had to sleep empty stomach as he had no money to eat. Also having become immobile due to his chest fracture, Guru Franklin Joseph personal recovery was made possible due to his fiance Sharon & Krystal, his would-be-daughters and family friends Mahesh & Vijay who took care of him in his hours of need.

Birth of a Thours ght and the Struggle to Materialize it

In Varanasi with Grand Master Eyal Yanilov, India Chief Instructor Sir Vicky KapoorHowever, due to the “never-say-die” attitude inculcated into him by his Krav Maga training, he turned his attention to developing a Krav Maga center in Bangalore and get back on his feet. As a web designer, he began providing web designing services at a heavily discounted price to gain financial stability. Within no time, this was achieved and Guru Franklin Joseph got married to Sharon and adopted Krystal, even as he was yet to recover from his injuries completely. Braving incredible adversity and pain, Guru Franklin Joseph traveled on trains or buses every week to Bangalore from his hometown Dharwad, in spite of his injuries, just so that he could identify a place for the Krav Maga centre. The resources gained from his web design business and various loans provided for the equipment which he would need to start the chapter in Bangalore. Within no time, Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Bangalore became a reality and was officially added to the Krav Maga India family.

Learn from Others, Adapt and Improvise

Guru Franklin Joseph is now a certified senior instructor of Krav Maga and the Director of the Bangalore chapter of Krav Maga India founded by Sir Vicky Kapoor and affiliated to International Krav-Maga Federation, Israel. Under his leadership, Krav Maga chapter at Bangalore conducts classes every weekend where practitioners train in Krav Maga. In addition to traditional Krav Maga, Guru Franklin Joseph unconventional and liberal approach to training has helped him borrow training concepts from Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Karate and Kung-fu in as much as Krav Maga classes include Body Conditioning using Truck Tyres and Bamboo Sticks, Rope Resistance Training, Strength Exercises using Sledge Hammers, etc.

Building Comrades rather than Clients

Guru Franklin Joseph with Grand Master Avi Moyal and India Chief Instructor Sir Vicky Kapoor training in one of the Krav Maga Civilian Instructor Course held on September 2007 in New DelhiGuru Franklin Joseph students vouch for his passion towards teaching and his loyalties towards imparting training over everything else. “While the Krav Maga centre here helps feed my family, I consider my students as art of my extended family. I get personally involved with each and every one of my students and believe in helping them not only to train in Krav Maga but also to overcome traumas from past incidents, pain, fear and lack of fitness as the case maybe”. He is careful about picking and choosing his students, who are always eager to boast about their teacher’s support and encouragement, in as much as he takes them under his wing based on the level of dedication they bring to the table. Once there though, students receive his complete focus and support resulting them being groomed into disciplined warriors. He provides heavy discounts to students to help train in Krav Maga along with flexible affordable fee structure for adults.

Put the Practitioner in the Limelight

The Bangalore chapter of Krav Maga, was officially named “Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defense Academy”, with the launch of the website which was conceived, developed and designed by Guru Franklin Joseph. It recently conducted a “Blind Fold Survival” workshop which received rave reviews from those who attended it. When asked what the workshop taught them, the students replied in unison, “to keep fighting, never give up and prevail under any circumstances” with Guru Franklin Joseph smiling in pride.

Final words from Guru Franklin Joseph says “I will rather have 10 dedicated Krav Maga practitioners s, learning full contact dirty survival skills with safety as the first priority rather than having a class full of 100 students learning bull-shit Mujra (Cabaret) moves in the name of martial arts, black belt degree or instant certificates.”

Women / Girl Child Safety Awareness and Empowerment

One of Guru Franklin Joseph passion is to make a change as a Social Entrepreneur. He has conducted various workshops on ‘Women Safety Awareness and Psychological Empowerment against Crime, Violence and Sexual Abuse’ at moderate fee of 228 per person where the focus is to Prevent, Avoid and Escape instead of fighting the attackers. He also envisions to extend these workshops working with Schools and College on ‘Girl Child Safety Awareness and Psychological Empowerment against Crime, Violence and Sexual Abuse’.

Responses by Krav Maga Practioner Kiran Divagar from Chennai

Kiran Divagar
Sir, Saw your article on how Krav Bangalore was born.. Really inspiring.. I really appreciate you for ur never say die attitude and grit due to which you overcame ur obstacles in life and have managed dis far… Gr8 sir… I really am feeling inspired…

Krav-Maga Bangalore Frank
years h it’s is inspiring trust me when I was going through that tough period, so many time I quit and yet I came back and fought on. It’s did not look so interesting at that time. I hated every second of it. but in the bigger picture, I thought it will help those who are going through a rough patch of life, to know it’s not all that bad.

Kiran Divagar
Yes sir…
I suddenly found a source of confidence
Thanx a lottttttttt
I realised something sir.. Krav really does instill a feeling to move towards the end and finish off anything tat we take up

Krav-Maga Bangalore Frank
yes dear it surely does

Kiran Divagar
Thanx a lot sir.. u rekindled the fire in me to achieve in life.. Really Sir.. Thanx a lot… Im glad to be a friend of you sir

Krav-Maga Bangalore Frank
welcome dear

Kiran Divagar
I wish to get settled in bangalore
If I do so.. Ill surely be in your classes regularly

Krav-Maga Bangalore Frank
I would really like that, my prayears e with you 🙂


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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.

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