Defendu – British Military Martial Arts Style
Defendu was a British military martial arts created by William Fairbairn and Eric Sykes. This unarmed combat system was taught to Office of Strategic Services agents and Allied troops in World War 2. Defendu combines techniques from Boxing, Jujutsu, Wrestling and other martial arts styles.
Unfortunately, after the war, much of this system was lost as countries quickly reduced their militaries to meet peacetime requirements. However, fortunately for martial artists, many of Defendu’s techniques are contained in a 1931 book by Fairbairn called “Scientific Self Defence”.
Defendu should not be confused with the more modern Defendo Alliance.
Defendu – unarmed combat techniques start around 8:50