If you have been around self-defense circles for any length of time, it’s quite possible you’ve heard of Colonel W.E. Fairbairn, a Brit, who established his own method called Defendu (Fairbairn Fighting Systems) with Eric A. Sykes.
Defendu was based on Fairbairn’s training in Kodokan Judo, Boxing and Chinese Martial Arts; and was designed to be simple to learn yet highly effective.
It was initially introduced to the “world” through his book, Defendu in 1926. His military combatives method taught during World War 2 was a modified version of Defendu specifically for military personel. He was also known to have called his system “gutter fighting” because of it’s no-nonsense strategies.
He developed the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife (also called the “Commando Knife”) and the Applegate–Fairbairn fighting knife, and is also known for having developed innovative shooting techniques (with the hand gun) in conjunction with Sykes.
The first video is a clip of Col. Fairbairn teaching the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.). This was not designed as a “how to” instructional material, rather it was part of a larger documentary.
The second clip below is “lost footage” of Fairbairn teaching the O.S.S. In this clip you see footage from his film called “The Fighting Knife” and “Unarmed”. This footage does not have English audio, rather Greek (in the first section on the knife) and German (in the unarmed section).
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