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Knife Fighting Scrapbook. Courtesy – borrowed from the FSB. Knife fighting. The KGB/FSB Special Forces System. (C-I). For self-defense, in principle, one can. Complete Book of Knife Fighting,. wherein I made mention. of Lieutenant Colonel Fairbairn. Accordingly, his son requested that I edit, revise, and rewrite. wildlifeprotection.info - Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt ) or read online.

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Fairbairn, OBE, presented me with an unpublished document on the subject of knife fighting. This document was written by his father in It takes the form of a typewritten manuscript, with numerous holographic notes in Lieutenant Colonel Fairbairn's own hand.

It was never titled, nor was it ever completed. Accordingly, his son requested that I edit, revise, and rewrite the manuscript for publication. Revision and rewriting was to be accomplished on the basis of instruction in the form and style of knife fighting covered in the manuscript, together with such other material that I deemed useful. Major Fairbairn gave me such instruction in sessions at his home. Pronouncing himself satisfied with the result, he next presented me with his father's personal edged weapons, prototypes, and service revolver, as well as his father's personal papers.

I have delayed publishing this work for twenty-two years. The delay was at Major Fairbairn's request, made for reasons that must remain in confidence.

The Fairbairn Manual Of Knife Fighting

In the following, I have engaged in strict historical editing practice. I provide text exactly as encountered in the original manuscript. I make special note of the author's excisions and additions. Material that I have added is so identified. This is a unique and historically significant document on the art of knife fighting. I have elected to make this electronic edition openly available, in order to preclude the material's exploitation by unscrupulous firms and individuals who seek to unfairly trade upon Lieutenant Colonel Fairbairn's name and the wide respect it engenders.

You are at liberty to read and study this material via the World Wide Web. I respectfully ask that no other use be made, inclusive of hyperlinks, downloading, adaptations, interpretations or unattributed quotations, absent prior permission.

This material is first posted 2 February William L. Fly leaf The Author has been an ardent student of Self Defense in all of its branches for a great number of years. In the course of these studies he received expert instruction in the art of Chinese "Boxing" from one of the retainers of the late Dowager Empress. He received special instruction in Foil and Dagger fighting from several of the finest Instructors in the Far East. 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.

This manual describes methods developed and practiced over a number of years and in spite of their un-orthodoxy, they have stood up to the practical test during World War II in the Far East and elsewhere, and becomes a "must" book for all men serving in the Armed Forces. We believe that the time has arrived when the bayonet should be discarded as no longer effective and like the Pike placed amongst the weapons of the past.

There can be no doubt, once you have handled a scientifically designed Fighting Knife, that you would prefer it to a Bayonet, especially if the fighting was to take place under any of the following conditions - over roof tops, up or down stairs, climbing up ships sides, crossing streams up to your waist in water, in dense jungle, or through paddy fields. Under such conditions, a bayonet attached to a rifle would be a severe handicap.

We are aware that there are many who will disagree with this; also that some of them will come back with - "The bayonet has won more wars that any other weapon.

Be this as it may, we still contend that it should be replaced by a well balanced fighting knife. During a and b no reports were received of the bayonet having been used to any great extent, but in c the bayonet was reported to have been very effective in Trench fighting, also during the South African War it was put to good use.

This rather tends to show We admit that the bayonet was a very effective combat weapon in the bygone days but with the advent of the Flame Thrower, Sub-Machine Gun and Hand Grenade, all close-quarter weapons what chances has a Bayonet Charge of being successful? The claim that the psychological value of the bayonet in building up the moral of the Troops is such that its retention is more than justified, does not make sense.

Paratroopers frequently need a knife to cut themselves free and there are numerous other occasions when a good knife would be invaluable. In addition, there are times when it would be inadvisable to fire a pistol, [or other firearm] on account of raising an alarm. Those who carry an Auto-Pistol, or Revolver, or Tommy Gun are aware that they are restricted to a limited number of rounds and dread the thought of being caught with an empty gun.

Yet it is an established fact that once contact is made and the firing starts, it is only a matter of seconds before the one hand gun is empty, after which, it would not make a respectable club.

We contend that at such a time, it would be a very comfortable feeling to know that one had a well balanced fighting knife handy.

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There are many who will regard this as rank heresy, or worse. I shall be content for the present if the reader will concede me at least a title to my views and I hope to fortify the title subsequently by statistics of actual results of shooting affrays with one-hand-guns over a number of years which took place in Shanghai.

In fact, such a thing as a fighting knife could not be purchased anywhere in Great Britain. To meet the many requests, I designed the "FAIRBAIRN" knife and managed to persuade the Wilkinson Sword Company to manufacture it privately from a number of old bayonets they had in stock, personally guaranteeing the sale of three hundred. The day they arrived there was a near riot in the rush to buy them. Shortly after this official recognition was given to the Fighting Knife. This same knife was just as popular with members of the Armed Forces of the U.

There is something about a good [well balanced, razor sharp] fighting knife that appeals to the majority of fighting men, irrespect of nationality. I contend that this is on account of that feeling of confidence which such a knife gives its owner, which is apprently so much greater that that which one receives from any other weapon.

Especially is this so when one is operating in the dark. 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. This is clearly demonstrated when operating in the dark, or on Forward Sentry duty. Many a man has testified that immediately he drew his knife, his confidence returned and he was no longer afraid.

This confidence is apparently so much greater than one receives from any other weapon. Certain individuals will never make Knife Fighters.

They have an aversion to using a knife and no amount of instruction will make any difference. In this connection I had a V. He was six feet seven inches in his socks, over lbs. At that time my weight was lbs. The student duly qualified in the first three subjects and during a "break" period, I learned something of his "back-ground" Professional All-In Wrestler.

That decided me to cut the unarmed combat Judo and pass on to the Knife Fighting. Despite the student's colossal strength he actually lifted me above his head with the greatest of ease , I knew, Immediately I drew a concealed knife and made a few passes near his face, that I could, by means of a knife, bring him down to my own weight and strength.

One might say "you could hear his shoulder blades click" as he jerked himself backwards out of reach. On several of these encounters as many as twenty Policemen and criminals were fighting from room to room, etc.

Members of the Force, when questioned as to why they had not immediately re-loaded, could not offer any reason for failing to do so. Could it be, that under such circumstances, it is a mental as well as a physical impossibility to do so? The fact remains, that no one re-loaded. Note - So that the reader will not think that the reason for failing to re-load was owing to the lack of proper training, let me here state that the Shanghai Municipal Police had the most upto-date IN-door Pistol Range in the world.

Their quarterly Pistol Practices were conducted under conditions as near as possible to those they had to contend with whilst on duty - firing up and down stairways, over roof tops, from and in to windows, sometimes in very poor light or with no light at all. Twelve shots in all, which necessitated changing of magazines , with point deducted if caught with an empty pistol.

I have a very high opinion of the fighting value of the Tommy and one-hand-guns. This is based on my 40 years experience of these weapons, which includes not only armed encounters with armed criminals but the responsibility for instructing large numbers of Police and Soldiers, etc. Like a great magician you get him to a point where he has no idea where your next move is coming from. Or, as your pen or knife shoots up, it is preceded by a devastating elbow strike from an angle no-one would EVER expect.

Plus these movements will keep your body supple and injury free for all your other physical activities! Game over, he loses, no replay!

The three possible outcomes of any armed conflict. There are only ever three…and what this means to you. The essence of being able to defend yourself successfully lies not in knowing every technique, but in being able to handle every technique that is thrown at you.

Plus much more…. Which techniques should you rely on under life-and-death circumstances? A detailed interview with Lloyd de Jongh, his first and most well known student. Learn how it is possible to change your personal fighting style after a horrific accident.

There is ample evidence in the form of film footage that the baddies are now systematically studying knife and combatives techniques, this is clear from film footage smuggled out of U. The price is only Use your credit card.

Follow the steps and in no time at all you will have learnt the first two or three techniques and You Will Be Dangerous Beyond Belief!

Play with these techniques, ten or twenty minutes at a time or simply whilst watching TV. There are those in the Cape Flats gangs who consider this to be their knowledge, not to be shared with you..

Update for onwards: I sold it for a year or two several years ago and it has not been available since then. Not good! The other one is that I would strongly encourage you not to share this material with anyone. A secret weapon only really works well if it is a secret! Think of it as another arrow in your quiver. The book has thirty one chapters that take a new student through the history, body movements, stances and strikes of the art.

The pictures and text fully explain what the available videos on Youtube are showing but thankfully slow enough for the reader to get the basics down.

Close the three remaining fingers over towards the fleshy part of the tumb. Note - The position of the thumb and fingers will vary according to their thickness and length. To find the most suitable grip for yourself, grip the hilt firmly, and if necessary allow allowing the tip of the thumb to go forward on the back of the blade.

See Fig. At all other times, the grip should be mainly with the fingers and thumb. At all other times, the knife is mainly held by the fore-finger and thumb, with the fingers only maintaining a loose grip. Note - This closing an relaxing of the grip will become automatic after a very little practice. The manner in which edged weapons are initially grasped by the wielder governs the manner in which they are carried and withdrawn, and influences both weapon design and the dynamics of initial maneuver.

We therefore observe that the foundation of every knife fighting technique is grip. The knife is controlled by the thumb and forefinger.

The former provides power and the latter precision. The placement of thumb and forefinger is thus the foundation of grip. Precisely how the thumb and forefinger are placed is a function of weapon design, culturacy idiosyncracy, personal preference, and a host of other factors.

The above factors hold true regardless of whether one employs a prison-made "shank," or a fencing foil; they are a function of the motility of the human hand, and reflect mind-body interaction norms. Holding the knife in the right hand, arm shoulder high, forearm bent, back of the hand up, knife over the left shoulder. Whip the forearm out towards the right, to the full extentent of the arm.

Arm shoulder high - reverse the hand - back of the hand down. Whip towards the left, allowing the arm to bend to the original position, as in Para. Now reverse the hand back to the original position. Note b Remember that your opponent is liable to attach from your right, left, or even from behind.

Practice changing your position quickly, to cope with this. Assuming you are fighting with a knife against a knife, it is wise to never lower the arms below the navel or raise them above the shoulders.

Holding the knife as in Fig. Gradually increase the length of the "whip" from 12 inches to as far as you can reach. Whip the knife to the left and then continue as in Para.

The other fingers should only be loosely on the hilt. Particular care must be paid to this otherwise the tendons of your wrist or arm may be strained.

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.

Between "C" and "D" reverse the hand to its original position, back of hand UP. Having mastered the technique of turning the hand over, gradually increase to the fastest possible speed. Now repeat the above, with the arm fully extended, ocassionally changing to a bent arm or trying to touch the ground with the knife.

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Note - An expert Knife Fighter keeps his knife always on the move - making it dart in and out like a snakes-fang and occasionally changing his position and the height of attack. Suspend a vegetable from a tree, etc.

Hold the knife as in Fig. STand slightly less than arms length and to the right of the object. Make a slashing cut to the left, by a circular inward motion of your arm and wrist, cutting the vegetable in half. Hold the knife as Fig. Make a slashing cut to the right by a circular outward motion of your arm and wrist. This permits you to carry out a "follow-through" motion of your arm. Cutting the vegetable in half with the Left Slash and then cutting the falling piece by means of a Right Slash, before it reaches the ground.

Note - This calls for the utmost possible speed if you are going to catch the falling piece of vegetable before it reaches the ground. This is a precautionary measure during the initial training of a recruit, in case he should loose his grip of the knife.

The Fairbairn Manual Of Knife Fighting

It should be noted that when the "COBRA" Fighting Knife is held in this manner that it is a prolongation of the arm and the point is in alignment with the tumb. Bring the left foot forward directly back of the right and make an instantaneous forward lunge by stepping off with the right foot, accompanied by a gliding thrust forward with your forearm. Danger of one's knife becoming entangled in the clothing or equipment of an adversary renders the thrust into the throat advisable.

The reason for this is obvious. When making a "Thrust" you are in a lunging position, with your arm extended forward to its full length, leaving you "wide open" to attach by one or more of your other opponents. The Circular-Backward slash is a continuation of the slash to the Right and is usually made from shoulder height. Knife held as in Fig. On the command GO, make a right slash, the full length of the arm, simultaneously jump and twist the body as far around as possible, aiming to strike your opponent's face.

Note - Provifing this slash is made with the utmost possible speed and strength, the momentum of the right arm will considerably help in twisting the body around. The remainder including the Instructor, must be at least 20 yards in the rear.

This is a precautionary measure and should be strictly adhered to, until such time as the students have shown that they can retain their grip upon their knives. In the event of insufficient room, Tap Dancing is a good loosing-up exercise. Our answer to that is: This, we contend, is full justification for the soundness of our unorthodox methods. Fairbairn's professional reticence prevented him from fully disclosing the precise character of his most celebrated students: These individuals and their exploits were the ultimate test of Fairbairn's methods and the greatest testament to his success.

Part "A". In open country Warning - For obvious reasons, only one student should be exercised at a time. The remainder should remain in the rear "at ease" and told to provide "off stage noises". The student should be briefed, somewhat as follows a. You are making your way in the dark through the ENemy's Lines and are liable to be attacked from all sides. On the command GO you will draw your knife and advance at the run in the direction indicated.

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. In the event of being tripped or falling down, you must continue fighting, getting up as quickly as possible and advance until ordered to stop. Instructors Note: Each student should be given a ten minutes "Rest" after completing the course. Part "B". Down a wooded slope.

Note - Where possible select a slope with second-growth trees. Where they permit, these trees should be grasped with the disengaged hand, permitting you to make a leap downward of several feet. 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". The Student should be briefed as follows: You will be given the direction from which the attack is coming and will immediately counter-attack with a slashing-cuts, etc.

The Instructor will direct the attack from the top of the slope - using a megaphone if necessary and insisting that the attacks swiftly and with full strength. Note - The commands should be given somewhat as in the previous exercise.

In , the above was considered unorthodox and, unkindly, a trifle foolish. Today we know a good deal more about the power of pre-visualization exercises.

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We have also relearned what we once in an era gone by knew about physical conditioning for edged weapons. Any exercise that tends to lend strength and agility to the Latissimus Dorsi, Fascia Infraspinata, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor, Teres Major, and 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.

At that distance, or less, he is a very dangerous man. This is not so difficult to understand when you realize that the length of a man's arm, plus the knife, is approximately three feet, thus leaving only two feet to be covered to make contact with the knife on your person.These fighting techniques will take the form of basic one time stops and strikes, and Basic double techniques.

Additional restrictions on use also apply. If your opponent is in a standing position and you are determined to take him down, you can, but only if you are willing to pay the price. Do not close with your attacker.

The Student should be briefed as follows: Hold the knife in the right hand, the thumb full length along the back of the hilt, the knife resting on the index finger, between the first and middle joint. When fighting for real, there should be more impor- tance placed on who is fighting than what techniques arc being used by VOu or your opponent.

I shall be content for the present if the reader will concede me at least a title to my views and I hope to fortify the title subsequently by statistics of actual results of shooting affrays with one-hand-guns over a number of years which took place in Shanghai. Ko matter how tough arid determined you are during full-contact training, you must remember that it is only training. Your shoulders face your opponent squarely.

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