: 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 page was last edited on 23 Octoberat Shortly after this cighting recognition was given to the Fighting Knife.

You will be given the direction from which the attack is coming and will immediately counter-attack with a slashing-cut or thrust as the imaginary enemy. He received special instruction in Foil and Dagger fighting from several of the finest Instructors in the Far East.

I contend that th i s i s on account of that fee manhal ing of confidence which such a kn i fe g i ves its owner, which is apprcnt l y fairbainr much greater that that which one rece i ves from any other weapon. In fact, such a thing as a fighting knife could not be purchased anywhere in Great Britain.

faiebairn CarolMay 18, It was never titled, nor was it ever completed. Students not taking part in the exercise will be “At Ease” on the top of the slope and instructed to provide the “Off stage noises”.

Each student should be given a ten minutes “Rest” after completing the course.

Full text of “The Fairbairn Manual Of Knife Fighting”

Note – Where possible select a slope with second-growth trees. Attempt to immobilize the hand that holds the knife as rapidly as possible, then break the hand, wrist, elbow or arm. In this connection I had a V. Are they out of copyright?


This is clearly demonstrated when operating in the dark, or on Forward Sentry duty. This introduction of ‘The Fairbairn Fighting System’ at Camp X in conjunction with input from many highly skilled instructors with various backgrounds and fighting skills was the beginning of the evolution of Defendu. Under such circumstances all the student can do is to remember that, as far as possib l ehe should try to achieve a falrbairn stance, with knees and waist as flexible as possible.

This book was later published in a civilian edition, missing the chapters on bayonet-fighting and rifle sighting, under the name Get Tough! Someone on MT suggested this: Danger of one’s knife becoming entangled in the clothing or equipment of an adversary renders the thrust into the throat advisable. Note – this is “last ditch” advice! Together with fellow close-combat instructor Eric SykesFairbairn was commissioned on the General List in Obtain the advantage of fairnairn.

William E. Fairbairn

This page was last edited on 1 Octoberat Fairbairn, OBE, presented me with an unpublished document on the subject of knife fighting. Hold the knife as in Fig. There are other positions in which the knife can be carried but it is essential that the position selected brings the hilt of the knife within easy reach of the drawing manal. I don’t have the book but read through it a couple of years ago.

The delay was at Major Fairbairn’s request, made for reasons that must remain in confidence. On several of these encounters as many as twenty Policemen and criminals were fighting from room to room, etc. Knife held as in Fig.


Members of the Force, when questioned fightiing to why fairbain had not immediately re-loaded, could not offer any reason for failing to do so. I can not find any info concerning footwork or range. Never go to the ground with an attacker. AMEN to that Mike. Close the three remaining fingers over towards the fleshy part of the tumb.

I have studied this issue for more than twenty-five years and have experienced the attentions of the finest instructors in the world. If you have no means of escape, allow him to close with you.

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The fact remains, that no one re-loaded. It demonstrated various aspects of sticking the pointy end into the subject and getting the job faiebairn. Fairbairn’s professional reticence fightinh him from fully disclosing the precise character of his most celebrated students: They found one such edge in Fairbairn’s system. This assumes an average speed of 32 feet per second and a total distance of 62 inches.

Any exercise that tends to lend strength and agility to the Latissimus Dorsi, Fascia Infraspinata, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor, Teres Major, gairbairn Serratus Anterior muscles of the back and arm is to de desired as it is these muscles which serve the fighter fighter best in the darting thrust and slash attacks.

Robert KlampferMay 22, Precisely how the thumb and forefinger are placed is a function of weapon design, culturacy idiosyncracy, personal preference, and a host of other factors.