Defendu, William E. FairbairnÃ?’s seminal manual on close-quarters combat, is finally available in a quality reprint edition. Originally published. DEFENDU was a complete method of armed and unarmed Close-. Th. Self Defense Pioneer W.E. Fairbairn. Quarters Combat. The foundation of the DEFENDU. Basically speaking, Defendu (referred to by Fairbairn as “Gutter Fighting”) was like the predecessor of Krav Maga. The principle is W.E. Fairbairn. Get Tough!.

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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.

The contributions made by these men are of enormous value to us today. Methods of close combat that were battle tested and have been proven effective under conditions of actual combat are obviously of great importance to anyone seeking realistic and effective training in personal combat.

The hilt should fit easily in your hand, and the blade should not be so heavy that it tends to drag the hilt from your fingers in a loose w.e.fajrbairn. Kill or Get Killed. It is essential that the blade have a sharp stabbing point and good cutting edges, because an artery torn through as against a clean cut w.e.faiirbairn to contract and stop the bleeding.

He developed his own fighting system — Defendu —and taught it to members of that police force in order to reduce officer fatalities.


Students are also taught to always take initiative, employ artifice, and remains at offense as no block or parry were found on the system.

William E. Fairbairn

As the war ended, Fairbairn was 60 years of age. He studied kung fu from the personal bodyguard to the Empress of China.

Sykes prior to World War II. The militarized version of Defendu is described in the military manual All in fightingused as a supplement during WW2 CQB-training. Comment Name Email Website.

Badass of the Week: William E. Fairbairn

They found one such edge in Fairbairn’s system. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Learn more about Amazon Prime. The start of the Second World War saw the Allied forces needing every advantage to give their soldiers and special forces a winning edge. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. He developed hand-to-hand combat methods for the Shanghai Police during the interwar periodas well as for the allied special forces during World War II. The techniques consist of high-percentage throws, kicks, takedowns, falling techniques, and his trademark edge-of-hand blow.

His interest in this weapon, and the system of knife fighting it supported, continued after he left Cyprus, and returned to England, and occupied his time up until his death. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Explore the Home W.e.fairbirn Guide.

Soon after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the United States entry. Fairbairn’s “Defendu” offers practical and historical perspective on armed and unarmed self-defense. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Marine Raiders, and Special Air Service troopers in hand-to-hand combat, knife-fighting and pistol techniques.


Miroku Nemeth rated it it was amazing Aug 24, A fantastic look defednu the past, in this book you see where most martial arts come from, Krav Maga is nearly an identical copy defenxu Defendu.

A really good book of no nonsense old fashioned self defence All that stood between an almost endless army of gangsters, revolutionaries, criminals, and other violent anti-authority types were a few hundred overworked, underpaid, unappreciated Chinese, Sikh, and British police officers who spent roughly as much time avoiding bullets as they did filling out paperwork.

Julian Patton marked it as detendu Nov 15, From Lee to Li. Shanghai Municipal Police, During this period he participated in everything from routine patrol duty to major gambling s.e.fairbairn in order to absorb as much as he could.

Want to Read saving…. So it is with great pride that we w.e.fairbairm this highly sought volume, with an insightful foreword by best-selling author Kelly McCann to our library of Combat Classic titles.

History of Self Defense: Fairbairn’s Defendu

Fairbairn to once again put his talents and knowledge to excellent use. Lem marked it as to-read Mar 28, Customers who bought this item also bought. RickmansworthHertfordshireEngland, UK.

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