Close Quarters Combat System (i.e. Defendu) is a modern martial art developed by William E. This confused early readers of the book, who assumed that the techniques within had been based mainly in the This introduction of ‘The Fairbairn Fighting System’ at Camp X in conjunction with input from many highly skilled. : Basic Manual Of Knife Fighting (): William L. China, under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel William Ewart Fairbairn, then. He is best known as the co-inventor of the famous Sykes-Fairbairn knife. . “Get Tough” manual on martial arts style hand-to-hand fighting that he taught to.

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Do not “protect” wounds. He threw himself into the task, combining his military training, his time mastering at least four Eastern martial arts, and his own personal experience and creating a new style of fighting known as “Defendu” that he began to teach to his fellow officers.

Fairbairn published several more books on the subject of self-defense, all of which refer to Defendu only in relation to the earlier book.

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Whip the knife to the left and then continue as in Para. The Student should be briefed as follows: Walking the streets armed only with a combat knife and a Colt trying to smash organized crime anywhere he could find it, Fairbairn was routinely jumped by gangs of men that far outnumbered him, and just as routinely reduced his assailants fairbainr crippled heaps of failure handcuffed together in the back of his paddy wagon.

Hybrid martial arts Hand to hand tactics European martial arts Law enforcement techniques. You are at liberty to read and study this material via the World Wide Web. I have a very high opinion of the fighting value of the Tommy fighging one-hand-guns. You will be given the direction from which the attack is coming and will fairbzirn counter-attack with a slashing-cut or thrust as the imaginary enemy. To find the most suitable grip for yourself, grip the hilt firmly, and if necessary allow o ll ow i ng the tip of the thumb to go forward on figuting back of the blade.


There are just so many ways to insert the pointy end of a sharp instrument into an aggressor when in defensive mode.

Suspend a vegetable from a tree, etc. The student duly qualified in the first three subjects and during a “break” faigbairn, I learned something of his “back-ground” Professional All-in Wrestler.

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These strikes are taught as a method and not as a disconnected isolated strikes found in traditional martial arts. One thing about FairbairnSykes, Applegate etc When making a “Thrust” you are in a lunging position, with your arm extended forward to its full length, leaving you “wide open” to attach by one or more of your other opponents.

Cutting the vegetable in half with the Left Slash and then cutting the falling piece by means of a Right Slash, before it reaches the ground. June Learn how and when to remove this template message. Certain individuals will never make Knife Fighters. If you must absorb cuts, try to avoid absorbing them with your arms and hands by using your feet. Pay attention to timing.

But William Fairbairn didn’t die. As close quarters battle or unarmed combat training progressed throughout this period, it was added to and refined utilising western fifhting principles. The delay was at Major Fairbairn’s request, made for reasons that must remain in confidence.

Full text of “The Fairbairn Manual Of Knife Fighting”

Still, it must be acknowledged that there may come unfortunate circumstances in which one has no other choice but to make an attempt. Be th i s as it may, we sti ll contend that it shou l d be rep l aced by a we ll ba l anced f i ghting kn i fe. William Ewart Fairbairn is one of the most badass martial arts masters the world has ever seen. This manual describes methods developed and practiced over a number of years and in spite of their un-orthodoxy, they have stood up to the practical test during World War II in the Far East and elsewhere, and becomes a “must” book for all men serving in the Armed Forces.

Fairbairn was stationed in Japanese-occupied Korea from toand he spent the majority of those four years learning everything be possibly could about the long-lost art of epically kicking the fiery rainbow-living shitfire out of every living thing on the planet until the only thing left inhabiting earth are multi-colored protoplasmic bags of liquefied organs and bone shards.


Martial Arts of the World. He died peacefully in his home in at the age of I have elected to make this electronic edition openly available, in order to preclude the material’s exploitation by unscrupulous firms and individuals who seek to fairbairrn trade upon Lieutenant Colonel Fairbairn’s name and the wide respect it engenders. Under such conditions, a bayonet attached to a rifle would be a severe handicap.

Whip towards the left, allowing the arm to bend to the original position, as in Para.

The manner in which edged weapons are initially grasped by the wielder governs the manner in which they are carried and withdrawn, and influences both weapon design and the dynamics of initial maneuver. Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Do try to find an expedient weapon, such as a belt or a stick. kniff

And he got into no-holds-barred street fights with dangerous criminals. Precisely how the thumb and forefinger are placed is a function of weapon design, culturacy idiosyncracy, personal preference, and a host of other factors. Four months later he was stabbed a dozen times by members of a Chinese separatist gang and left for dead, bleeding out in a dark alleyway in the back streets of Shanghai. Make a slashing cut to the right by a circular outward motion of your arm and wrist.

The placement of thumb and forefinger is thus the foundation of grip. On the manuwl GO you will draw your knife and advance at the run in the fairbbairn indicated. Contact the copyright holder for further information. They found one such edge in Fairbairn’s system. Immediately, Fairbairn was commissioned in the British Commandos and ordered to teach a lethal version of his system at the Commando school in Scotland.

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