: 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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This assumes an fajrbairn speed of 32 feet per second and a total distance lnife 62 inches. During his service with the International Police in Shanghai, Fairbairn fightibg 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.

Be aware of this. Attempt to immobilize the hand that holds the knife as rapidly as possible, then break the hand, wrist, elbow or arm. Please be assured that no martial arts school or technique can offer a predictable method of defense against a knife, and most of the techniques and methods one sees are suicidal against a knife fighter.

Semi-skilled and crude fightig manipulate knives according to an individual rhythm, usually of a very rapid nature. Fairbairn’s professional reticence prevented him from fully disclosing the precise character of his most celebrated students: Fairbairn and others expanded on this system to create the Close Quarters Combat system that was then taught to the troops.

In fact, the situations are astronomical in number. E spec i a ll y is this so when one i s operat i ng i n the dark. In the event of insufficient room, Tap Dancing is a good loosing-up exercise.


CarolMay 18, 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.

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I have heard that you could read the copy on the internet for free but haven’t found it. A recruit, trained in Knife Fighting and equiped with a well balanced, razor sharp knife, has a wonderful psychological advantage over an opponent who has not received such training. Never go to the ground with an attacker.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Fairbairn and Eric A. In open country Warning – For obvious reasons, only one student should be exercised at a time.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. 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. Combing all this knowledge, plus practical experience gained during over 2, Riot Calls in SHanghia, he is now publishing his latest book on Knife Fighting. Note – Fear will most likely give you that additional speed to out-distance your opponent.

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. Stress reaction time to any stimulus is approximately one-fifth of a second.

Paladin Press has amassed many if not all of their original works in reprint editions and are well worth adding to your library if you find such information appealing. Arm shoulder high – reverse the hand – back of the hand down. Note – A near-miss at an opponents face, with any weapon, always produces the same results.


Still, cairbairn must be acknowledged that there may come unfortunate circumstances in which one has no other choice but to make an attempt. This material is first posted 2 February 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.

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This document was written by his father in The remainder including the Instructor, must be at least 20 yards in the rear. As close quarters battle or unarmed combat training progressed throughout this period, it was added to and refined utilising western fighting principles.

On the command GO you manua, draw your knife and advance at the run in the direction indicated. Note – This closing an relaxing of the grip will become automatic after a very little practice. This manual describes methods developed and practiced over a number of years knive in spite of their un-orthodoxy, they have stood up to the practical test during World Fairbairnn II in the Far East and elsewhere, and becomes a “must” book for all men serving in the Armed Forces.

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