28 June 2007
CQB Services » W.E. FAIRBAIRN- THE LEGENDARY INSTRUCTOR. By Phil Matthews
Phil Matthews, one of the Liverpool Gutterfighters has written a new article titled CQB Services » W.E. FAIRBAIRN- THE LEGENDARY INSTRUCTOR.
Phil has a good understanding and excellent knowledge of Fairbairn and his contemporaries and this article has some useful facts for the student of modern combatives. Whilst his writing is not of the usual academic standard he is to commended for getting this information out there.
One issue though is Phil's constant reference to people who criticise his work or 'steal' his information. I really don't know who these people are but I'm not sure that refusing to list your sources is the way forward. To me this detracts from the authority of the article. If people are plagiarising Phil's work then he can point this out to the relevant audience. If they are quoting him then that is normal order of things. Ones cademic research works build on those of ones peers. Trying to control access to information you have published on the net is an exercise in futility.
Anyway - enjoy the article, and well done Phil.
10 June 2007
Combative Ground Work
Fight Times has an interesting article on close combat on the ground. Of particular interest is the picture below, which they describe as the Applegate Fairbairn smatchet. I wasn't aware that the smatchet had anything to do with Applegate, thinking it was a purely British-era thing. Indeed it appears in Get Tough, which has entirely WW2 material.
05 February 2007
Oh sod it...
I've cleared a bit of space, so here's Styer's Cold Steel on-line
Bill Underwood's Combato
One of my more learned internet chums sent me these scans a while back and I didn't note who sent them. It is the fascinating Defendo by Bill Underwood who taught military and civilian defensive tactics in Canada in the 40s and 50s.
Whilst it looks a little static by modern standards I think it still stand the test as a purely physical technique system.
03 February 2007
This russian site has a couple of useful texts on it, especially Cold Steel which is tricky to find on-line. It's mostly in russian but the HTML links are in English so you can use these to navigate.
I'm in the process of transfering a lot of my soft copies of useful texts on to paper so I've turned this one into a pdf. It's a bit big to be hosted here so drop me a line if you want a copy.
29 October 2006
Interesting vid of the new(ish) US Army combatives program. You may get a pop-up with boobies and the like from the d/load site and it's an 86 meg file.
Full details of the system are in FM 3-25.150.
26 October 2006
Wine and Cheese to the rescue
The Camera Never Lies?
Observer accused of fabricating comments
A Quiet Mugging
Muhammad Ali with a Blackjack
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