World War II Combatives – Defendu


Defendu is a modern martial art developed by William E. Fairbairn and Eric A. Sykes prior to World War II. It is a hand-to-hand combat system based on practical experience mixed with jujutsu and boxing that was developed to train the Shanghai Municipal Police, and was later taught in expanded form to Office of Strategic Services and Special Operations Executive members during World War II.


Unarmed Combat (Defendu) – British Army, Home Guard 1941

Fighting Unarmed – James Hipkiss British Royal Air Force 1943

Personal Protection – United States Air Force 1967

Defensive Hand to Hand Combat – United States Navy 1943