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William Fairbairn : Biography of a Close Combat Specialist

William Fairbairn : Biography of a Close Combat Specialist

William Fairbairn is considered one of the most effective close combat specialist's, that has ever lived.  After being stabbed repeatedly and left for dead, he went out to learn Japanese and Chinese Martial Arts, then spent the rest of his career, resetting the scales to the favor of the law and those who were targetted victims.

His biography is a stark contrast of Sun Lu Tang's, who brought a philosophical approach to Martial Arts.  Fairbairn brought a pragmatic and unwavering objective mindset.  

During this episode:

  • How did his martial arts begin as a young man
  • What were the first 2 Turning Points in his life?
  • What made him different?



Biographical Sketch of William Fairbairn Pt 1

The Father of Close Quarter Combat



Mentioned in this Podcast: 

Britain's Imperial Retreat from China, 1900-1931 by Professor Phoebe Chow

The Legend of W.E. Fairbairn, Gentleman and Warrior: The Shanghai Years

Free Download : Get Tough Ebook by William Fairbairn (When you login)

Biographical Sketch of William Fairbairn Pt 2

  • A Turning Point in Fairbairn's Career that takes him international.
  • The basic techniques of his system
  • Key components that every martial artist should consider
  • Comparing him to another legend of martial arts
  • Facts pertaining to your self protective analysis


Pt 2: The Father of Close Quarter Combat


The X'tra Follows Fairbairn from ShangHai to his role in WW2 and the legends that come associated with his work.

Primary References for 'The Fairbairn X'tra'

How to be a Spy: The World War II SOE Training Manual (Secret History Files) by Denis Ridgen

Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler's Defeat by Giles Milton

Canadians Behind Enemy Lines

Lynn Hodgson author of Camp-x website


Posted by TW. Smith

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2 Comments To "William Fairbairn : Biography of a Close Combat Specialist"

Travis On 06.09.2017
Pt 2: excellent, again. Fairbairn should be considered the father of rbsd. Reply to this comment
Travis On 06.09.2017
Excellent work Sifu. I've heard a lot about Fairbairn in the past few years, but haven't researched him too much. Great summary so far and look forward to put 2! Reply to this comment

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