Fairbairn’s Unarmed Combat Training, WWII





It was at this top secret Scottish location that Col. Rex Applegate of the U.S. Army studied under Fairbairn. Through Col. Applegate and …

37 thoughts on “Fairbairn’s Unarmed Combat Training, WWII

  1. Thiago Carvalho says:

    Se não fosse um vídeo com demonstrações de treinamento de combate desarmado que foi usado numa guerra de verdade eu aposto que os comentários estariam cheios de "bullshit". E sei disso porque já vi movimentos muito parecidos em vídeos que foram desacreditados. Provavelmente porque não estavam lutando esportivamente num octógono; só demonstrando técnicas.

  2. Barrett Nichols says:

    The advantage it gives is that the commando won't blink at killing the cage fighter by tearing his eyes and throat out. The cage fighter isn't used to fighting to kill, so he would most likely try to put the soldier in a submission hold or chokehold and try to knock him out. The WWII combatives, by their definition were designed to destroy takedown attempts and kill with surprising speed. Grappling vs palm strikes and eye gouges will not prevail. Soldiers don't spar.

  3. Patrick S says:

    What I'd really love to see is a really fit experienced Second World War 150lb commando against a cage fighter. No holds barred. I'm just interested whether lethal experience and pushing your body beyond it's limits, and facing death, gives an advantage over gym training, and steroids.

  4. myakka62 says:

    I would even offer that it is fortunate that as JJJ lost popularity to Judo, it is because of BJJ that we still have so much of the ground art. In Judo once you hit the ground you are timed, and only have a short time to achieve anything. So the chess match that is BJJ actually preserved a lot of the depth of the ground game that would have been lost otherwise.

  5. myakka62 says:

    I look at it as Japanese Ju-jitsu (samurai fighting) from which came judo by Kano, then whether B JJ came directly from one of the judo schools, or was a branch of the Japanese ju-jitsu I do not know. Only that before judo and bjj was Japanese jujitsu. But to say that bjj butchered Japanese jujistu is not fair. they had already made their fighting art into a sport themselves by making judo.

  6. myakka62 says:

    The Japanese turned it into a sport years before it hit brazil. They gutted the lethal parts, put in a time limit and called it judo. After judo was adopted to the police forces and school system, it is lucky that ju-jitsu lingered in places like brazil so that we didn't lose some of the art. It may have changed there as it was also made a sport, but still, they saved some parts of it that would have disappeared.

  7. djeq721 says:

    Too fine motor? There are thousands of different styles of Ju Jutsu around the globe ranging from the Aikido type to the Combat type. You can't blanket them all as "Barely combative" and "Too fine", the style I study is mostly gross motor skills, "dirty play" is of course included amongst a range of other things. I agree about the attitude part entirely.

  8. scopeophile says:

    the one reason why I like the school I've found is, although they have the 'traditional' approach, they don't rely on the 'flowery' nonsense. For example, when asked the best defence against a knife attack – all of the instructors stated 'keep the fuck away from the blade' not '.. oh you grab that twist this and they go down..' idiocy that gets maimed or people killed.

  9. Andhaira says:

    All the better for you to learn it then, as your opponent wont have any defence against it. A properly executed high kick with enough force behind it can knock anyone out in one strike. Then, you can do anything to your opponent, such as killing him, tying him up, etc.

    Also, Sanshou is the official martial art of the Chinese Military (PLA). They have the biggest army on the planet, all of them trained in this martial art which includes kicks to the head and chest, which are very effective.

  10. djeq721 says:

    In that day and age, who is going to go for a high kick on the battlefield? Even now, 95% of people aren't going to try and kick you in the head or chest.

    However I am a firm believer that no technique or knowledge is useless, learn EVERYTHING but drill the important stuff a lot more often.

  11. djeq721 says:

    Of course, why do some fancy wrist lock on someone pushing you when you can just drive your knee into their groin and then laugh when they are moaning on the floor clutching their genitals? I personally hate McDojos, who fool people into this false sense of security / confidence when in reality if it boils down to it, they will be screwed.

    A technique that relies on fine motor movement is basically useless unless you've spent 20 years perfecting it's use, and even then, why bother?

  12. Andhaira says:

    This is good, but again it contains lots of chops which is basically Shoto Garai in Jujutsu, aka the Knife Hand. It also doesn't seem to have any defence against high kicks, which are taught in Jujutsu. Furthermore, and much more importantly, it has no defence against the Jujutsu Nagewaza takedowns, aka Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

    On the plus side, this seems much faster to learn, and doesn't contain much of the Kata/demonstration forms bullshit that plague Japenese Martial Arts.

  13. djeq721 says:

    Everything that is shown is in Japanese Ju Jitsu basically, it's not the most complete system ever but would get the job done none the less, especially back then when less people knew anything to do with hand to hand fighting.

  14. 98vanguard says:

    why would your enemy try to bear hug you in war when they have there knife, there helmet, there shovel, there pistol, and of course there primary gun (unless they lost it), and lets not forget our fist and legs, they can even use there canteen if needed, or even there pack! ( if they carry alot of stuff in it). plus it would take a long time to kill someone with a bear hug plus it looks wierd.

  15. Wavemaninawe says:

    @Falandorn
    Nope it doesn't,. Because there isn't really much logic to Swedish grammar. -_-

    Fork is "gaffel", which wouldn't make sense in describing low blows… since it only refers to the cutlery.

  16. Falandorn says:

    @Wavemaninawe jag studera svenska och tack för det. I always mix up 'i' and 'på', the direct translation from english never works there does it, sounds like 'what is it on swedish'. 🙂

  17. Falandorn says:

    @Wavemaninawe lol vad är det i svenska? Its a bit unusual, its probably a term only used around that time, we certainly wouldnt use that term now, we would just say groin i think 🙂

  18. 11Kralle says:

    What do you do, if a german soldier is going to hug you? Fairbain knew the answer… I wonder if theres a german video: `How to hug your enemy/Wie man den Feind umarmt.´

  19. Mark H says:

    What's the word that he uses when he refers to attacking the guy's groin? Sounds like "thok" or something. He uses it at around 0:06, 0:54 and 1:13. Some kind of British slang?

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