Fairbairn and Eric A. Also known for their eponymous Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife , Fairbairn and Sykes had worked in the British Armed Forces and helped teach the Shanghai Municipal Police SMP  quick, effective, and simple techniques for fighting with or without weapons in melee situations. Fairbairn at one point called this system Defendu and published on it, as did their American colleague Rex Applegate. Fairbairn often referred to the technique as "gutter fighting," a term which Applegate used, along with "the Fairbairn system. The prevalence and style of combatives training often changes based on perceived need, and even in times of peace, special forces and commando units tend to have a much higher emphasis on close combat than most personnel, as may embassy guards or paramilitary units such as police SWAT teams. De-emphasized in the United States after World War II, insurgency conflicts such as the Vietnam War , low intensity conflict , and urban warfare tend to encourage more attention to combatives.
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This is the first edition, and first printing of this manual. This manual is a comprehensive manual based on Jiu Jitsu. It covers everything from hand to hand defense with an unarmed enemy, to disarming a bayonet or sword wielding assailant This manual is still being used in its revised format.
The War Department got this one right on the first draft! One very interesting thing about this particular copy of the manual, is the hand written name and inscription by the original owner. Nichol, P. The P. That makes this book a very early piece of WW2 Military Police history!
Camp Bullis was a sub-post inside Fort Sam Houston. All in all I would highly recommend this manual to any collector of US militaria or anyone interested in a great manual of practical self defense. It is profusely illustrated with photographs on nearly every page, has outstanding and easy to understand instructions, and according to the many martial arts reviews I have read online, it is a recommended standard in its field. Here are a few examples from the pages of this manual Posted by.
FM 21-150, ARMY FIELD MANUAL 21-150: COMBATIVES (30-SEP-1992) [S/S BY FM 3-25.150]
Note: So that they better match the text, the numbers of some figures have been changed from the original. Overall technical assessment of this section: The attacks shown would be sensible if the setting were a self-defense class for high school girls, but are improbable given the military hand-to-hand setting. Meanwhile the defenses shown are too complex for a recruit training scenario. You immediately step forward with either foot, in this case Figure the right one, at the same time bending the arms so that the elbows are close to the lower abdomen.
FM 21-150 Unarmed Defense for The American Soldier, 1942
Yotaur File:FMCombatives. Require strict discipline of all soldiers. The defender should also try to place stationary objects between himself and the attacker. Maintain a buffer zone of 6 feet from retainer wall and demonstration area during all training, especially training requiring throws and takedowns by students. He maintains control of the weapon and lunges his entire body weight into the eye gouge to drive the attacker backward and off balance. As he does this, the defender can strike downwar d with the left forear m or the wrist onto the forearm or wrist of the attacker FigureStep 3 1.