Get Tough. by Major W. E. Fairbairn. Edition: First Edition. Book condition: Very Good Condition. Jacket condition: No Dust Jacket. Book Description. W. E. Fairbairn, taught the famed British Commandos from this classic, long-out- of-print manual on unarmed combat. Known for his “get tough” attitude, Fairbairn . Get Tough! by W E Fairbairn, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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Preview — Get Tough! The father of modern hand-to-hand combat, Capt. Fairbairn, taught the famed British Commandos from this classic, long-out-of-print manual on unarmed combat. Known for his “get tough” attitude, Fairbairn designed these practical methods after years of training troops and watching ruffians, thugs, bandits and bullies. Now you can profit from his experience.
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One of the people that has had the most impact on how people fight and kill other people without using firearms in the modern era is William E. Fairbairn was a Police Commisioner in Shanghai in the s, was one of the first non-Japanese black belts in Judo certified by the founder of Judo, Jigoro Kanoand during his time in Shanghai, devised systems of both close-range gunfighting and hand-to-hand combat–assets that were desperately needed for him and his men both westerners an One of the people that has had the most impact on how people fight and kill other people without using firearms in the modern era is William E.
Fairbairn was a Police Commisioner in Shanghai in the s, was one of the first non-Japanese black belts in Judo certified by the founder of Judo, Jigoro Kanoand during his time in Shanghai, devised systems of both close-range gunfighting and hand-to-hand combat–assets that were desperately needed for him and his men both westerners and ethnic Chinese when locked in lethal struggle with the ruthless Triad gangs many of whom were crack shots, and highly skilled in Chinese Boxing, aka: He called this system “Defendu”, and it was one of the first “Western Hybrid” arts, derived from elements of Japanese and Chinese fighting arts.
The art of Defendu addressed unarmed combat as well as the use of sticks, knives and improvised weaponry as well as defending against same with a feral savagery that seems to be distinctly different from other systems of the time.
At the onset of WW2, Fairbairn provided his services and insights to the British and American forces fighting the Axis threat. His method, which became known during WW2 as “Gutter Fighting” or “the Silent Killing” course and which was constantly refined and perfected through the course of the warwas taught to commandos and other Special Forces units, guerillas, saboteurs, and the agents of the Office of Strategic Services OSS, the precursors to the modern CIA, via his student Col.
It is still taught to people who have a real need to have hard skills to manage and survive a violent encounter, and is one of the most tested and effective methods of hand-to-hand fighting to date. Nov 02, Amanda Alexandre rated it liked it Shelves: Maiming an opponent with your bare hands is easier than it sounds. You can knock someone unconscious with a matchbox!
And kick break someone’s spine by throwing your opponent to the floor!
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I only read this for research, but damn, I felt like training this with my mother she is 40 pounds heavier, way stronger than me and once knocked some heavy-builded year-old man with the side of a knife – he had the mark “Tramontina” in his back for days and turning into some girly form of badass-ery! I’ve read “Get Tough” in the past, which is a version of “All-in Fighting” that was edited for the American market.
The difference in content is that “Get Tough” w.e.fairbaairn the final chapter of “All-in Fighting”, w.e.fairbainr covers the use of the bayonet. This book is an important cultural artifact, in that it encapsulates the teachings of Fairbairn as given to British forces. Ni, as a book on effective combatives, it falls flat. Several points of technique either overstate the effectiveness of their p I’ve read “Get Tough” in the past, which is a version of “All-in Fighting” that was edited for the American market.
Several w.e.fairbalrn of technique either overstate the effectiveness of their performance, while others are far too reliant on your opponent’s compliance. Some of Fairbairn’s assertions are flat-out wrong, w.e.faurbairn as his statements on falling and ground fighting; it certainly does not require “years of daily practice” to learn how to fall correctly or fight while on the ground.
It’s not all bad, though, and several good points are still offered even if some of the content is a little out there. Further informal analysis can be found at this webforum: If you’re looking for a piece of history, this is a great read. If you’re looking for a how-to on individual combatives, there ger better places to begin. Jul 24, John Szucs rated it really liked it Shelves: One of the seminal books on unarmed combat, with practical, effective techniques proven on the battlefields of World War II and still very relevant to w.e.afirbairn on today’s battlefields, law enforcement officers on the thin blue line, or civilians interested in self-defense.
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Just remember that reading a book is no substitute for training with a competent instructor for example, DefendU and practice. There are also techniques from judo, aikido, aikijitsu, jujitsu, Hough Maga, and armed self-defens One of the seminal books on unarmed combat, with practical, effective techniques proven on the battlefields of World War II and still very relevant to soldiers on today’s battlefields, law enforcement officers on the thin blue line, or civilians interested in self-defense.
There are also techniques from judo, aikido, aikijitsu, jujitsu, Krav Maga, and armed self-defense that should w.e.fairbzirn integrated to form a complete, modern system of self-defense. Jun 04, Gigi S. I love how blunt it is. Seize both his hands with your right and flip him downwards Finish him off with a kick to the face. The drawings are really good and it’s actually quite interesting to read. It’s written so that it’s easy to access and it is relevant for people interested in self defense.
It has pretty much every situation you’d be in and a slightly bad sportsmanship way to get out of every one. I’m going to spend all of tomorrow practicing it on my friends. Probably one of tougb most concise, practical, and comprehensive fough I have ever read on fighting. This tpugh be in every martial artist’s library as well as anyone interested in self-defense.
I would like anyone who trains with me to read it, as, as far as hand-to-hand combat, this are many aspects of what we do here. I came across a reference to Fairbairn in a thriller and was interested enough to track him down. If you were thinking of writing a WWII action book that involved hand-to-hand combat this would be an excellent reference.
Feb 05, Steve Scott rated it really liked w.e.fairbain Shelves: I read this years ago. In fact, I think I had a copy at one time. I didn’t appreciate it much then.
Now, older and wiser, I see its value.
While some of the techniques may be outdates or ineffective, the spirt of the book is there. Keep self defense or your offense simple, brutal, and effective. I’m glad I re-read it. Mar 28, Rob Allen rated it it w.e.fairbirn amazing.
Brilliant book, well presented and timeless self protection manual. E Fairburn was doing mixed martial arts long before many, many others.
Cannot recommend highly enough Brilliant book welcome addition bt any library. Dec 08, Xenophon Hendrix rated it it was amazing. This is the self-defense manual for the rest of us.
The goal isn’t to make one a martial artist; it is to teach some of the most brutal techniques conceived by the mind of man for saving one’s life when things go very bad. Jun 29, Fredrick Danysh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Touh served as the Shanghai police chief under British rule. He developed fighting and defense techniques for his native policemen as well as for the British coomandos and American Marines.
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