: 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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This is based on my 40 years experience of these weapons, which includes not only armed encounters with armed criminals but the responsibility for instructing large numbers of Police and Soldiers, etc. Together with Eric A. Defendu is a modern martial art developed by William E. This is a precautionary measure during the initial training of a recruit, in case mabual should loose his grip of the knife. When I joined the Special Training Centre of the British Commandosthe Authorities did not recognize a fighting knife as part of the equipment of the Fighting Services.

William E. Fairbairn

I have to agree with K. I contend that th i s i s on account of that fee l ing of confidence which such a kn i fightlng g i ves its owner, which is apprcnt l y so much greater that that which one rece i ves from any other weapon. The London Gazette Supplement. You will be given the direction from which the attack is coming and will immediately counter-attack with e slashing-cuts, etc.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Afirbairn Policy. There can knive no doubt, once you have handled a scientifically designed Fighting Knife, that you would prefer it to a Bayonet, especially if the fighting was to take place under any of the following conditions – over roof tops, up or down stairs, climbing up ships sides, crossing streams up to your waist in water, in dense jungle, or through paddy fields.

It was designed to be simple to learn and to provide effective results.

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Pay attention to timing. June Learn how and when to remove this template message. Having decided to attack – spring forward, simultaneously drawing your knife and make a LEFT slash at your opponent’s face.


Certain individuals will never make Knife Fighters. Strike the bridge of your attacker’s nose with your head. Fairbairn and others expanded on this system to create the Manuwl Quarters Combat system that was then taught to the troops.

ww2 Fairbairn knife fighting

Agents were trained in depth to dispose of their enemy quickly and quietly with brutal effectiveness. Scientific studies have shown that the recorded speed of a forward snap-type strike originating from waist-level is 5.

This article is about the fighting style developed by Fairbairn and Sykes. Fairbairn published several more books on the subject of self-defense, all of which refer to Defendu only in relation to the earlier book.

On several of these encounters as many as twenty Policemen and criminals were fighting from room to room, etc.

Where they permit, these trees should be grasped with the disengaged hand, permitting you to make a leap downward of several feet. Archived from the original on July 14, This, we contend, is full justification for the soundness of our unorthodox methods. In the event of insufficient room, Tap Dancing is a good loosing-up exercise.

Assuming you are fighting with a knife against kinfe knife, it is wise to never lower the arms below the navel or raise them above the shoulders. In such unpleasant cases, usually played out at the end fairbair an alley or in confinementy, the following guidelines may be of some small value if there is no place to run and no place to hide: You must log in or sign up to reply here.

The television series Secrets of War suggested him as a possible inspiration for Q branch in James Bond. This article needs additional citations for verification. Views Read Edit View history. Move at least three feet in each second. Kailat faiebairn, May 22, Stay as far away from the blade as circumstances permit. You are making your way in the dark through the ENemy’s Lines and are liable to be attacked from all sides.

fairbzirn The day they arrived there was a near riot in the rush to buy them. This system was built on Defendu, but modified for military applications, rather than police and riot control.


Still, it must be acknowledged that there may come unfortunate circumstances in which one has no other choice but to make an attempt.

William E. Fairbairn – Wikipedia

You are the one who is attacking with a knife. The psychological effect of even a slight wound in the stomach is such that it is likely to throw your opponent into confusion. The Student should be briefed as follows: Under such circumstances all the student can do is to remember that, as far as possib l ehe should try to achieve a crouching stance, with knees and waist as flexible as possible.

It takes the form of a typewritten manuscript, with numerous holographic notes in Lieutenant Colonel Fairbairn’s own hand.

Yet it is an established fact that once contact is made and the firing starts, it is only a matter of seconds before the one hand gun is empty, after which, i t wou l d not make a respectab l e c l ub.

The manuals brought up in this thread are available for download as a pdf file. Make a slashing cut to the left, by a circular inward motion of your arm and wrist, cutting the vegetable in half. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The militarized version of Defendu is described in the military manual All in fightingused as a supplement during WW2 CQB-training.

Whip the forearm out towards the right, to the full extentent of the arm. VanCiseAug 6, Twelve shots in all, which necessitated changing of magazineswith point deducted if caught with an empty pistol. They vary in size from the thickness of one’s thumb to that of an ordinary pencil. Any exercise that tends to lend strength and agility to the Latissimus Dorsi, Fascia Infraspinata, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor, Teres Major, and Serratus Anterior muscles of the back and arm is to de desired as it is these muscles which serve the fighter fighter best in the darting thrust and slash attacks.

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