: 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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Attempt to immobilize the hand that holds the knife as rapidly as possible, then break the hand, wrist, elbow or arm. Fairbairn and others expanded on this system to create the Close Quarters Combat system that was then taught to maanual troops.

You must log in or sign up to reply here. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Whip the forearm out towards the right, to the full extentent of the arm. Together with Eric A.

William E. Fairbairn

Agents were trained in depth to dispose of their enemy quickly and quietly with brutal effectiveness. In addition, there are times when it would be inadvisable to fire a pistol, [ or other f i rearm ] on account of raising an alarm. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

Defendu encourages its practitioner to end a confrontation as quickly as possible using fairbaairn means by rapidly attacking vital spot area such as the groin, throat, side of the neck, shin, eyes, ears, etc.

Note – Fear will most likely give you that additional speed to out-distance your opponent.

This book was later published in a civilian edition, missing the chapters on bayonet-fighting and rifle sighting, under the name Get Tough! This confidence is apparently so much greater than one receives from any other weapon.

Stay as far away from the blade as circumstances permit. Based on the above, it can be estimated that it takes one-sixth of a second or less to execute a snap-type knife strike. We have also relearned what we once in an era gone by knew about physical conditioning for edged weapons. This material is first posted 2 February This introduction of ‘The Fairbairn Fighting System’ at Camp X in conjunction with input from many highly skilled instructors with various backgrounds and fighting skills was the beginning of the evolution of Defendu.


The other fingers should only be loosely on the hilt. Cutting the vegetable in half with the Left Slash and then cutting the falling piece by means of a Right Slash, before it reaches the ground.

They have an aversion to using a knife and no amount of instruction will make any difference. Does anyone know any specifics on W. AMEN to that Mike. I have elected to make this electronic edition openly available, in order to preclude the material’s exploitation by unscrupulous firms and individuals who seek to unfairly trade upon Lieutenant Colonel Fairbairn’s name and the wide respect it engenders.

Fairbairn’s knife fighting methods? Shortly after this official recognition was given to the Fighting 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.

Fairbairn’s professional reticence prevented him from fully disclosing the precise character of his most celebrated students: E spec i a ll y is this so when one i s operat i ng i n the dark.

Full text of “The Fairbairn Manual Of Knife Fighting”

That having been said, the description of techniques reminds me of what I saw in a Lameco seminar with Mr. This system was built on Defendu, but modified for military applications, rather than police and riot control.

Retrieved from ” https: Arm shoulder high – reverse the hand – back of the hand down. I make special note of the author’s excis i kanual and additions. There are just so fighhing ways to insert the pointy end of a sharp instrument into an aggressor when in defensive mode.

The remainder including the Instructor, must be at least 20 yards in the rear. Much of his body, arms, legs, torso, even the palms fairbbairn his hands, were covered with scars from knife wounds from those fights. He received special instruction in Foil and Dagger fighting from several of the finest Instructors in the Far East.


During his service with the International Police in Shanghai, Fairbairn reportedly engaged in hundreds of street fights in the course of his duties over a twenty-year career, where he organised and headed a special anti-riot squad.

At all other times, the knife is mainly held by the fore-finger and thumb, with the fingers only maintaining a loose grip. Approach to within the required distance, right hand on the hilt of your knife not drawnyour left forearm covering your right hand. 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 leaving only two feet to be covered to make contact with the knife on your person.

In the event of fignting tripped or falling down, you must continue fighting, getting up as guickly as possible and advance until ordered to stop. I can not find any info concerning footwork or range.

Each student should be given a ten minutes “Rest” after completing the course. For his achievements in training OSS personnel, Fairbairn eventually rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel by the end of the war, and received the U.

Any exercise that tends to lend strength and agility to the Latissimus Dorsi, Fascia Infraspinata, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor, Teres Major, fairbaign 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.