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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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William E. Fairbairn

To find the most suitable grip for yourself, grip the hilt firmly, and if necessary allow o ll ow i ng the knifee of the thumb to go forward on the back of the blade. At all other times, the grip should be mainly with the fingers and thumb.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. This assumes an average speed of 32 feet per second and a total distance of 62 inches. Close Quarters Combat System i.

One thing about FairbairnSykes, Applegate etc They have an aversion to using a knife and no amount of instruction will make any difference. Under such conditions, a bayonet attached to a rifle would be a severe handicap. Scientific studies have shown that the recorded speed of a forward snap-type strike originating from waist-level is 5.

There are two ways of dealing with such a situation – 1st.

An individual of average 5’8″ stature, throws a snap-type strike extending approximately 2′ 7″. Based on his training and knowledge in boxing, wrestling, savate, jujutsu, judo and fights he was involved in during his police work, Fairbairn began nkife develop his own system of hand to hand combatinitially referring it as “Defendu”.


MakataSep 3, We contend that at such a time, it would be a very comfortable feeling to know that one had a well balanced fighting knife handy. Never go to the ground with an attacker.

The delay was at Major Fairbairn’s request, made for reasons that must remain in confidence. You must log in or sign up to reply here.

Following his instruction at Camp X, Fairbairn was rejoined by Col. The strike terminates before the arm is fully extended, thus exploiting maximum speed and guarding against the possibility of a “locked joint,” in this case, the elbow. 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.

Attack the forearm and the wrist simultaneously. We believe that the time has arrived when the bayonet should be discarded as no longer effective and like the Pike placed amongst the weapons of the past.

ww2 Fairbairn knife fighting

Accordingly, his son requested that I edit, revise, and rewrite the manuscript for publication. Having decided to attack – spring forward, simultaneously drawing your knife and make a LEFT slash at your opponent’s face. 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.

I have to agree with K. Knife Arts ‘ started by jckailatstudentMay 18, Pronouncing himself satisfied with the result, he next presented me with his father’s personal edged weapons, prototypes, and service revolver, as well as his father’s personal papers. Approach to within the required distance, right hand on the hilt of your knife not drawnyour left forearm covering your right hand.


The above factors hold true regardless of whether one employs a prison-made “shank,” or a fencing foil; they are a function of the motility of the human hand, and reflect mind-body interaction norms.

NOTE – Even although you put all your strength into your grip and carry out your the RIGHT “whip” with the utmost speed, you will not strain the tendons of your wrist or arm.

Fairbairn’s knife fighting methods? The manner in which edged weapons are initially grasped by the wielder governs the manner in which they vairbairn carried and withdrawn, and influences both weapon design and the dynamics of initial maneuver. The television series Secrets of War suggested him as a possible inspiration for Q branch in James Bond.

Defendu – Wikipedia

The start of the Second World War saw the Allied forces needing every advantage to give their soldiers and special forces a winning edge. Move at least three feet in each second. Archived from the original on July 14, Inthe above was considered unorthodox and, unkindly, a trifle foolish. It takes the form of a typewritten manuscript, with numerous holographic notes in Lieutenant Colonel Fairbairn’s own hand.