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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England was at war with Nazi Germany and was hanging on by a thread. He created his own fighting system known as Defendu. Tim Block marked it as to-read Jun 10, About the Author W. Fairbairn to develop effective and practical methods of survival.

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William E. Fairbairn

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. 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. In choosing a knife there are two important factors to bear in mind: Fairbairn published his book, Defenduin [2] re-printed as Scientific Self Defence inillustrating this method and it is here that the term “Defendu” first appeared.


This page was last edited on 1 Octoberat From Lee to Li. William Ewart Fairbairn is one of the most badass martial arts masters the world has ever seen. This article needs additional citations for verification. Good reference material for combatives practitioners! Shopbop Vy Fashion Brands. Archived from the original on July 14, Fairbairn contributed more to the knowledge base of how to kill the enemy in close quarters than perhaps anyone else.

Great addition to any close combat library. Thank you for this great post on these icons of close combat.

History of Self Defense: Fairbairn’s Defendu – The Self Defense Training System

Share on Google Plus Share. Jerry 1 year ago Member Since: Return to Book Page. Withoutabox Submit w.r.fairbairn Film Festivals. Kamasho 3 years ago. Done properly, these strikes will “chain” at each other just like boxing.

Following his instruction at Camp X, Fairbairn was rejoined by Gy. Paladin Press April 1, Language: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Keep in mind that the book appeared earlier in Fairbairn’s career. 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.


It was with this tremendous amount of experience and real-world savvy that Fairbairn would enter into the next phase of his life. Fairbairn’s experience in armed and unarmed combatives, gleaned both from military service and hundreds of fights while an officer of the Shanghai Municipal Police force, placed him among a handful of men who transformed modern hand-to-hand fighting.

As a young man he spent his spare time reading newspapers to his blind neighbor, at fifteen he took a job as a leather ww.e.fairbairn, and the day he turned sixteen he saw a recruitement deefendu for the Royal Marines and decided, fuck it, I’m going to defeneu.

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.

Daren 1 year ago Member Since: Fairbairn, along with Rex Applegate and a handful of others, was one of the great martial arts innovators of modern times. Want to Read saving….