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    Defendu

    Developed by William E Fairborn is fighting form of close quarter, hand to hand combat system that is not regarded as a martial art or a sport but more a systemised method of ending physical confrontation as quickly as possible.
    Fairbarn borrowed heavily, from his training at the famed Kodokan School in Tokyo adding many techniques from Jiu-Jitsu, and added with it practical experience of hand to hand fighting gained while serving in the Shanghai Municipal Police in China, which was at the time, known as the roughest police beat in the world.

    Fairbarn first published a book about his methods of Defendu in 1926; but later modified the system and refined it into a system known as ‘Close Quarter Combat’ which he taught to allied forces in the second world war.

    This second system focussed less on restraining techniques and holds and instead concentrated on the use of lethal techniques to end conflict immediately. After a stint with the Royal Marines, where Fairbarn was noted for introducing new techniques of bayonet work and a short service as guard for the British Consol in South Korea, he found himself in Shanghai and it was on a routine patrol of the notorious red light district one evening where he was confronted by a group of Triads, otherwise known as ‘Hatchet Men’, who were brutal in their dealings, that Fairbarn was seriously beaten and left for dead. This really signalled the beginning of Fairbarn’s obsession with finding an ultimate method of self defence in order that he should not have to suffer a similar beating again. For the next three and a half years, and on a daily basis, Fairbarn trained with a Japanese Jiu-Jitsu expert and bone setter who was also based in Shanghai.
    In the subsequent years he also studied to a high degree, Chinese systems that were regularly taught in Shanghai at the time. Notably he trained under Master Tsai Ching Fung, who was reputed to have been a former Imperial Palace instructor.

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    Author of this article Chris Crudelli is a Graduate of London University’s SOAS & Beijing Shi Fan University. He is also a Kung Fu & Taiji Master, Author & TV Host best known for his self-penned BBC TV series 'Mind Body Kick Ass Moves' broadcast in over 180 countries worldwide.
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      I love this guys story

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      Great lesson around using failure as a lesson and reason to better yourself regardless of what level you have already obtained. Thank you for the share Sifu

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      Thats a great point linda,, failure is the best teacher.
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