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About Franklin Joseph
Social Entrepreneur, C.E.O. & Specialist
Indian Institute of Special Tactics And Combat Science
Specialist Guru-ji Franklin Joseph is a Social Entrepreneur, Founder and C.E.O. of Indian Institute of Special Tactics and Combat Science (I.I.S.T.A.C.S.), Dharwad. The main organization – I.I.S.T.A.C.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 & iTeachiPower.in Girl Safety & Self Defence Wellness Workshops for Schools and Colleges.
Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defence Academy – Bengaluru, Hubballi & Dharwad
In 2007, he migrated to Karnataka & founded Franklin Joseph Krav Maga Self Defence Academy, where he merges the Israeli Military Krav Maga Self Defence tactics with knowledge of Combat Science, Guerrilla Hit Run Deception strategy, Neurobehavioural Crisis Management, Conflict Situational Awareness, De-escalation Drills along with some aspects of Rapid Action Cognitive Linguistic & Body Language, Criminal Profiling and Crime Psychology, etc., added to his methodology of self-defence training.
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 (‘IKMF’) at Bangalore from 2007 onwards till 2012. He had also trained under and was certified by the Grand Master Avi Moyal, Chief Instructor, IKMF, Israel and has attended countless workshops by Krav Maga legends & stalwarts like Grand Master Eyal Yanilov, Chief Instructor, KMG, 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 in his Krav Maga capsules to help promote its unique and amazing tactics.
Franklin Joseph Power To Women Corporate Workshops & iTeachiPower.in Girl Child Safety Workshops
Mr Joseph has conducted 400+ Power to Women Self Defence Workshop for Corporate Women from Jaipur, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai etc. He has also been invited as guest lecturer on Girl-Child Self Defence in various schools and colleges all over India.
Franklin Joseph’s ‘iTeachiPower.in’ Girl Safety Empower and Mentoring Girls project is in its pilot stage and will soon be implemented with help from school and college students in Karnataka.
Franklin Joseph’s Award, Achievement, Recommendations & Clientele
In 2017, Franklin Joseph’s 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 SVP 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 NGO.
Franklin Joseph workshops have been conducted in more than 100 corporate PAN India clients includes Titan, Tata, Infosys, Wipro, NASSCOM, eBay – PayPal, GE, COLT, HARMAN, Alcatel-Lucent, DELL, CISCO, HP, Quadcomm etc.
Mr. Joseph has been guest lecturer in many universities and colleges like Indian Institute of Management – Bengaluru, National Institute of Technology – Trichy, SIES College of Arts Science and Commerce – Mumbai, SRM Institute of Science and Technology – Chennai, Mithibai College & Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology – Mumbai, Christ & Jain University – Bengaluru 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 the world of sexual abuse and violent crime. After surviving 22-25 years in petty gangs 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 Articles, TV & New Media features of Franklin Joseph
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 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.
Why Martial Arts or Self Defence stunts don’t work against real life crime?
Here are some loopholes of present self-defence stunts or martial arts tricks
- Most martial arts tricks are based on men’s size & Strength.
- Most women don’t trust hardcore violent action will magically deal with violent men.
- Martial arts rarely empower you on how to diffuse a crime before it’s turns fatal.
- Most martial arts have no solution how to deal with a predator a woman will trusts or cares about.
- Most stunts of martial arts are based on rules which a crime does not follow.
- Most stunts of martial arts are unnatural movements thus takes years to learn.
- In sudden stress & ciaos of a crime, your brain will freeze in fear or panic.
- Most Young or old people don’t have fitness level for martial arts tricks
- Kids & women rarely are stronger or flexible enough for self-defence stunts.
- Martial arts tricks are designed on a specific rigid situation not for dynamic crime.
- None of the martial arts teaches you how to deal with your insecurities or mistakes in your tactics.
- Negative Psychological effects of stress, fear, pain etc are ignored in martial arts tricks.
So, you can see most martial arts tricks or self-defence stunts are not designed for real life crime situations.
Why Power To Women Self Defence are more effective dealing with real life crimes?
- Specially designed for kids & women as tactical power is generated by science not by person’s strength or size
- Women trust learning soft & diffusion tactics especially against sexual harassment.
- Focus is on first to prevent, avoid & escape without violently engaging with a violent attacker.
- Combat Science aspects of our workshop deals with how to analyse & effectively deal with known predators.
- Our training in interactive, fun and educational to help empower women with knowledge that works for her.
- Learn in days instead of years as reflex action based tactics trained in realistic scenarios makes it easy.
Three unique aspects of Power to Women Self Defence Workshops ?
Soul : Survivor of Violence & Abuse
Safety Specialist Guru Franklin Joseph designed Power to Women Self Defence & Safety Empowerment Workshops with knowledge based on his experience as a survivor of sexual abuse, crime and violence all his childhood and youth.
Spirit : Social Entrepreneur
In that cocktail, Mr Franklin Joseph added the experience gained by working 7 years in the grass-root level of child labour issue with Nobel Prize Winner Mr Kailash Satyarthi in his NGO Global March against Child Labour.
Body : Military Self Defence Guru
Mr. Franklin Joseph also incorporated his tactical expertise in Krav Maga Israeli Military Self-Defence system. The focus is on diffusion, prevention, avoidance and escapes without provoking more violence through punching and kicking.