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: 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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Arm shoulder high – reverse the hand – back of the hand down. I have delayed publishing this work for twenty-two years. This material is first posted 2 February Note – By covering your right hand with your forearm, your opponent is not receiving advance “information” of your intention to attack.

The day they arrived there was a near riot in the rush to buy them. Fightkng help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Note – This closing an relaxing of the grip will become automatic after a very little practice.

The Instructor will direct the attack from the top of the slope – using a megaphone if necessary and insisting that the attacks swiftly and with full strength.

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Do not “protect” wounds. Retrieved from ” https: At that distance, or less, he is a very dangerous man. 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 At this stage, your arms and hands are your only means of defense.


The situations you are liable to have to contend with are very seldom of your selection and frequently fkghting may vary with every step you take. Also we have a copy of kinfe Military Training Bulletin, in which the author lays down how the recruit should be instructed to do the same thing.

It was designed to be simple to learn and to provide effective results. They have an aversion to using a knife and no amount of instruction will make any difference.

One thing about FairbairnSykes, Applegate etc There i s someth i ng about fairairn good [we ll ba l anced, razor sharp] fighting kn i fe that appea l s to the major i ty of fighting men, irrespect of nationa l ity.

Full text of “The Fairbairn Manual Of Knife Fighting”

Defendu is a modern martial art developed by William E. That having been said, the description of techniques reminds me of what I saw in a Lameco seminar with Mr. Major Fairbairn gave me such instruction in sessions at his home. Discussion in ‘ Misc.

Based on his training and knowledge in boxing, wrestling, savate, righting, 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”.

This article is about the fighting style developed by Fairbairn and Sykes. This is clearly demonstrated when operating in the dark, or on Forward Sentry duty. He created his own fighting system known as Defendu.


Together with Eric A. Additional restrictions on use also apply. Certain individuals will never make Knife Fighters. There are other figgting in which the knife can be carried but it is essential that the position selected brings the hilt of the knife within easy reach of the drawing hand.

Fairbairn emphasised the necessity of forgetting any idea of gentlemanly conduct or fighting fair: It is a hand-to-hand combat system based on practical experience mixed with jujutsu and boxing that was developed to train the Shanghai Municipal Policeand was later taught in expanded form to Office of Strategic Services and Special Operations Executive members during World War II.

This permits you to carry out a “follow-through” motion figthing your arm.

William E. Fairbairn – Wikipedia

In the accompanying diagram Fig. Fairbairn to North Americaand Sykes to SOE, where he trained special agents for behind the lines duties [ clarification fjghting ].

For the small little folder I tend to carry, these techniques might not work as well! Log in or Sign up. These individuals and their exploits were the ultimate test of Fairbairn’s methods and the greatest mqnual to his success. This document was written by his father in This page was last edited on 1 Octoberat Move at least three feet in each second.

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