Indian Institute of Strategic Threat-Intelligence Analysis & Combat Tactical Science

Why our training breaks conventional training methods?

Last updated on July 31st, 2020 at 08:38 am

Franklin Joseph (writer) is a Specialist in Combat Science and Special Tactics and is the CEO of Indian Institute of Strategic Threat-Intelligence Analysis & Combat Tactical Science.

Our Core Belief is Different

Every institution has a set of code and conduct. Example – We envision a martial arts training centres with white uniforms students standing in lines and punching in the air with war cries rumbling the atmosphere.

Well… many Krav Maga centres still follow that vision to entice more students/clients as well as many Krav Maga instructors who have prior martial arts background still practice the same as they truly believe in that methodology of training. However, my beliefs are different… as my background is built from the experience from the raw reality of streets that is around 25 years of abuse or violence – whether it was from local teen gangs or a rough or sometimes violent world of college student elections or locality or turf war. No, our level was very very amateur not what you see in gangster movies. Nevertheless, that no-rules code of the streets has bled in my institution & my training methodology.

Our Focus is born out of your Weakness

Most of the new recruits or new students are very concerned by their insecurities or weakness like young or old age, small or big size, different levels of anger or fear, low levels of strength or lack of fitness level. Looking at the role models from movies or TV – what they see is that these ‘hero’ are big, muscular, strong & perfect for martial arts stunts. So, most normal people believe, they not perfect for stunts or martial arts or self-defence tricks of what they see in movies or in martial arts videos. Especially, most girls or women who are thinking of joining a self-defence class, totally seem lost as they don’t have physical size & strength of men nor they have a clear concept of warfare or combat or violence.

Let’s take an example from a different world. In the jungle, a bison (victim) has more muscles than a tiger (predator) but a since tiger only views bison as food material, he/she will use cheat with fear or panic as a strategy to overpower bison strength. All predators victims also have advantages over tiger-like size (elephant/giraffe), speed (deer/wild boar) or strength in muscles or numbers (bison) etc. So, the eye of the tiger does not see the victims advantages – ex. bison group or strength but choose to exploits the weakness of his/her victim under fear or panic based on a strategy of the hunt.

In the same way, a predator from the human world only looks at your weakness or what you perceive is your weakness or insecurity and exploits that very weakness or insecurities for his/her advantage of committing the crime. So the perception of one’s weakness is somewhat limited to oneself only. And since Krav Maga Self Defense training is based on reflex action based tactics, these limitations of size, strength, age or fitness levels are somewhat not relevant to our training. Of course, during the course of training, these weakness are not only exposed but come into play to help you grow better in your training.

Our Methodology of Training is raw gangsta

Every teacher brings his/her personal traits in his/her professional execution of imparting his/her knowledge. In my class, based on my 25 years of street exposure to abuse & violence, I am able to see you the same way how a criminal or a bad element would see you. And I can foresee – How you might behave in a potential crime situation, as the predator would use your own weakness, fear or panic etc. created in a situation to help break your mind or make you surrender with fear so he/she can have his way with you – whether it’s will be a rape (men or women) situation or murder or robbery or terror etc.

Human Predators don’t care if you are old, young, girl or women, boy or man, big or small, strong or weak or have the fitness or not. A knife, stick, rock, more attackers etc., is much stronger, faster & effective than a biggest or strongest person / or tricks of martial arts.

So while teaching the tactics of Krav Maga to you, my aim is to also force you to get out of your comfort zone and deal with any unpredictable issue thrown at you under threat of a fatal violent assault.

I will challenge you after analyzing your weakness or failure. I will keep throwing these insecurities at your face in training while you are practising your tactics. One cannot ignore that learning any tactics is still a choreographed routine that can be triggered by certain conditions.

Our Tactical Knowledge is Dynamic not Choreographed

Another issue of street crime is unpredictability. What tactics you learn in class, there is no guarantee that the bad element would do the same. Example: If a person punches you from the front, you will be taught to do the tactics A, B, C & end up in D. And this set of techniques can only be effective if you and the predator are standing face to face and the assault is a straight punch aimed at your face. But if the predator attacks your body instead of your face or from an angle not standing in front of you or from the ground or top or with other weapons like knife, stick or rock etc. instead of hand punch, this particular tactic would not work at all.

So, one cannot miss out the fact, that one big part of your training is to understand the tactics inside out so under different conditions of the assault, you will have to customize your tactics by either combining two tactics or re-order the techniques etc. Oh Yes! Sometimes you will have to create whole new tactics based on prior knowledge of other tactics. And the timeline of the crime is still a few seconds of the primary assault! So you can see dealing with crime is not just about physical aspects but also Psychological.

So I believe in Combat Science – the knowledge I give you is – what science is in your tactics based on, is a very important of your training as it will help you create your own solutions when everything else fails.

Another area I emphasis is Neuro-Behavioural Reprogramming in a critical combat situation. As now, you aware that nearly every assault first strike happens only in seconds. Slap, punch, stab or anything. And in that few seconds, your brain will shut down in fear and panic. Whatever tricks you have learned, you will not be able to remember them properly. Second, our emotional baggage based on past incidents where we faced failure would also creep back & create more fear & panic.

Hence as they say it’s mind over matter. In combat without rules, the reflex action is the only option. And only that reflex action which is based on training in a simulated stressful chaotic situation. And that can only be achieved if the teacher pushes the student out of his/her comfort zone to deal with the psychological chaos given by stress along with personal insecurities of physical limits  given by repetitive physical exercises.

Overall, my aim & objective as a teacher is to help share my practitioners –

  • Use non-traditional, non-conventional training methods so practitioners are spiritually, mentally and physically equipped to deal with a unpredictable crime situation.
  • Use Combat Science to help the practitioner learn how to generate strength & techniques with little or no prior combat backgrounds.
  • Help prepare a Neuro-Behavioral level Reprogramming which focuses on Prevention, Avoidance to possible threats & if needed Tactical elimination to escape.

In short, get ready for a transformation from inside out. Not just a fighter but a Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Warrior.”


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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.