: 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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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. He created his own fighting system known as Defendu.

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Notably, this included innovative pistol shooting techniques and the development of the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife. The television series Secrets of War suggested him as a possible inspiration for Q branch in James Bond. He served in one of the red light fignting.

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. Much of his body, arms, legs, torso, even the palms of his hands, were covered with scars from knife wounds from those fights.


He also developed numerous firearms training courses and police equipment, including a special metal-lined bulletproof vest designed to stop high-velocity bullets from the 7. Together with fellow close-combat instructor Eric SykesFairbairn was commissioned on the General List in Fairbairn and Sykes were both commissioned as second lieutenants on 15 July Fairbairn emphasised the necessity of forgetting any idea of gentlemanly conduct or fighting fair: I teach what is called ‘Gutter Fighting.

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

He described this system as primarily based on his personal experience, which according to police records included some non-training fights, by his retirement at age kniffe from the position of Assistant Commissioner in Together with Eric A. SykesFairbairn developed innovative pistol shooting techniques and handgun specifications for the SMP which were later disseminated through their book Shooting to Live With the One-Hand Gunalong with various other police innovations such as riot batonsarmoured vestsand other equipment.


He is perhaps best known for designing the famous Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knifeor ‘ Commando ‘ knife, a stilletto -style fighting dagger used by British Special Forces in the Second World War, and featured in his textbook Scientific Self-Defence.

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