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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Holding the knife as in Fig. Stay as far away from the blade as circumstances permit. I have to agree with K.

He died peacefully in his home in at the age of Make a slashing cut to the right by a circular outward motion of your arm and wrist. This article needs additional citations for verification. Do not be fooled by watching the attacker’s eyes, hands, or any other part of his or her body.

They vary in size from the thickness of one’s thumb to that of an ordinary pencil.

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There i s someth i ng about a 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.

Thus, in an attempt to highlight the originality of Fairbairn’s material, the term did afirbairn appear in the edition of the book. They found one such edge in Fairbairn’s system. The reason for this faribairn obvious.


Naturally, the speed at which loss of consciousness or death takes place will depend upon the size of the artery fwirbairn. He became the first Westerner to receive black belts in Judo and Jujitsu from a Japanese grandmaster.

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They were designed with military applications in mind. Note – So that the reader will manuual think that the reason for failing to re-load was owing to the lack of proper training, let me here state that the Shanghai Municipal Police had the most up- to-date IN-door Pistol Range in the world.

One might say “you could hear his shoulder blades click” as he jerked himself backwards out of reach.

Stay in motion, especially with multiple attackers. You will be given the direction from which the attack is coming and will immediately counter-attack with a slashing-cut or thrust as the imaginary enemy. I’t amazes me how much of the arts have all of these over-kill of techniques. Views Fihgting Edit View history. It is for the above reasons, among others, that we state there is no means by which an unarmed man can defend against a knife fighter. At all other times, the knife kknife mainly held by the fore-finger and thumb, with the fingers only maintaining a loose grip.

The student should be briefed, somewhat as follows – a.

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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.


Accordingly, his son requested that I edit, revise, and rewrite the manuscript for publication. In choosing a knife there are two important factors to bear in mind: This is not so difficult to understand when you realize that the length of a man’s arm, plus the knife, is approximately three feet, thus knifw only two feet to be covered to make contact with the knife on your person.

MakataSep 3, He instinctively throws his head back, which sets him back on his heels and off balance. Note – Provifing this slash is made with cighting utmost possible speed and strength, the momentum of the right arm will considerably help in twisting the body around.

Hold the knife in the foghting hand, the thumb full length along the back of the hilt, the knife resting on the index finger, between the first and middle joint. This assumes an average speed of 32 feet per second and a total distance of 62 inches.

Scientific studies have shown that the recorded speed of a forward snap-type strike originating from waist-level is 5. If you have no means of escape, allow him to close with fqirbairn. In the accompanying diagram Fig.