W.E. Fairbairn and Self Defense

William E. Fairbairn (1885-1960) was a self-defense expert whose popular works in self-defense remain important classics in the field. He wrote  his popular Get Tough, which remains a classic. He also wrote a manual on knife fighting. These are great works, true classics. There’s an excellent blogpost on Fairbairn’s life, in the context of the history of self defense, here. He studied Judo and Jujutsu, among other styles (including Chinese styles), and had boatloads of actual self-defense experience on the street, working as a police officer in Shanghai’s mean streets before the Communist take over of China. He also helped create a popular fighting knife, the Fairbairn-Sykes Knife, which is still available for sale. The more effective, in my opinion, Applegate-Fairbairn Knife is modeled on that earlier version. My favorite version of this is Boker’s black model, which I think is one of the best combat knives available on the market. He has a number of other books, including Shooting to Live with the One Hand Gun, and Scientific Self Defense. His works are seriously neglected nowadays, but you would do well to review them. They may not be much help for someone with no background in martial arts or self-defense, but they include easy to learn moves, that are extremely effective. Students of Jujutsu and Judo will recognize many of these moves. No nonsense, street smart moves. Very effective. Also check out some of my own works on self-defense, including my popular Palm Stick Self-Defense Guide, my Essential Self-Defense Tips, and my brand new A Cup of Coffee and Other Improvised Weapons of Self Defense.

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W.E. Fairbairn and Self Defense

2 thoughts on “W.E. Fairbairn and Self Defense

    1. patricksmithmartialarts says:

      Thanks for your interest! I have looked over your Judo blog, and it looks really good. It is very informative. I read through all the posts you have up so far. I will go through and try to comment more on your site when I have some time. Just to clarify, though, I’m no Judo expert. I’ve never formally studied Judo, although some of the synthetic styles I have studied did incorporate some Judo, and some of my instructors themselves studied Judo. Thanks for stopping by.

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