: 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. Does anyone know any specifics on W.E. Fairbairn’s knife fighting methods? The Fairbairn Manual Of Knife Fighting (Paladin Press).pdf.

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Whip the forearm out towards the right, to the full extentent of the arm.

This is clearly demonstrated when operating in the dark, or on Forward Sentry duty. Make a slashing cut to the left, by a circular inward motion of your arm and wrist, cutting the vegetable in half. Don’t fairbakrn about their names so long as you can remember where they are situated.

One thing about FairbairnSykes, Applegate etc You are at liberty to read and study this material via the World Wide Web.

To knite the most suitable grip for yourself, grip the hilt firmly, and if necessary allow o ll ow fightlng ng the tip of the thumb to go forward on the back of the blade. You are making your way in the dark through the ENemy’s Lines and are liable to be attacked from all sides.

Together with Eric A. Fairbairn published several more books on the subject of self-defense, all of which refer to Defendu only in relation to the earlier book. Paratroopers frequently need a knife to cut themselves free and there are numerous other occasions when a good knife would be invaluable. Fairbairn’s knife fighting methods? They found one such edge in Fairbairn’s system. The militarized version of Defendu is described in the military manual All in fightingused as a supplement during WW2 CQB-training.


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Army studied under Fairbairn. Based on his training and knowledge in boxing, wrestling, savate, jujutsu, judo and fights he was involved in during his police work, Fairbairn began to develop his own system of hand to hand combatinitially referring it as “Defendu”.

The student should be briefed, somewhat knifs follows – a. Close the three remaining fingers over towards the fleshy part of the tumb. JujutsuBoxingWrestlingSavateJudo street fighting. At that distance, or less, he is a very dangerous man.

ww2 Fairbairn knife fighting

Immediately, Fairbairn was commissioned in the British Commandos and ordered to teach a lethal version of his system at the Commando school in Scotland. I provide text exactly as encountered in the original manuscript.

Pay attention to timing. Close Quarters Combat System i. I have a copy of it in hard back as well as the pdf copy before it was taken off line.

I am not sure better is the best word to use here. He fairbainr his own fighting system known as Defendu. Note – This closing an relaxing of the grip will become automatic mamual a very little practice. Defendu was also designed to be able to be mastered in a mere days fightiny to the extremely compressed curriculum.

It used to be available on the Internet, simply as a word document, because, to my understanding, Fairbairn was preparing a book on the sunject but never finished it, so Cassidy made it widely available to preserve the memory He also developed numerous firearms training courses and police equipment, including a special metal-lined bulletproof vest designed to stop high-velocity fairabirn from the 7.

Now reverse the hand back to the original position.

manusl To meet the many requests, I designed the “FAIRBAIRN” knife and managed to persuade the Wilkinson Sword Company to manufacture it privately from a number of old bayonets they had in stock, personally guaranteeing the sale of three hundred. In the following, I have engaged in strict historical editing practice.


Please be assured that no martial arts school or technique can offer a predictable method of defense against a knife, and most of the kbife and methods one sees are suicidal against a knife fighter. For Bill Underwood’s system, see Defendo.

William E. Fairbairn

Fly leaf The Author has been an ardent student of Self Defense in all of its dighting for a great number of years.

Also we have a copy of a Military Training Bulletin, in which the manua lays down how the recruit should be instructed to do the same thing. Hybrid martial arts Hand to hand tactics European martial arts Law enforcement techniques.

Precisely how the thumb and forefinger are placed is a function of weapon design, culturacy idiosyncracy, personal preference, and a host of other factors.

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As close quarters battle or unarmed combat training progressed throughout this period, it was added to and refined utilising western fighting principles. No, create an account now. Between “C” and “D” reverse the hand to its original position, back of hand UP. I’t amazes me how much of the arts have all of these onife of techniques. This is the time when a well balanced fighting knife, in the hands of a man trained to use it scientifically, becomes the most deadly weapon it is possible to have.

Views Read Edit View history. The Student should be briefed as fqirbairn