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SIElF-DEF ENSE' for WOMEN

By MAJOR

W. E. FAIRBAIRN
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Th.eTE'are many persons with an erroneous impression 'COD-' cerning the Art o~ jiu-jitsn. Quite a number of them are underthe impression that it is only nec~ssary to tailt€ one or two :1 essons, - after ,vhrnch thev win be able to throw their t opponents ove r the it heads, There are others who believe that irn:nnedhatel~.y a Jiu-jlhsu expert catches hold of his opponent he will, by some secret Orientat mesbod, t!hit'OW' him and break l~L, at m' 01 1,"" tn_ renner '~,~, unconscious. '-I~I-' :red~Oi1l ror' ~~I-' rum -.5 ," i2g ne ,-"'--, - ,I:',:
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tlris being SO generally befieved iSI~a_rdy the fact that any tW() persons, w:~,tl~iOut slightest knowledge of any method of the wrestling, could, wirh ~t fe'~v' rehearsals, stage a demonstration tl rat would easily decei ve those not acquainted with the J1iTt~ and partlythe pre&e:llt dJD,y public demand for the spectacu]a,r.
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pi HH.!C _ hcrsc 11, r u Wa r J:-] dnl~h] so, Vifhc.tber you tarry un, ,~J~ h~HTIeor in business. UI w Ill,ther: ,H] frt~c a man for the fr-(Jn t by taking his placeII n I I e ~ll'I~e]:nb~'y Iirie or QU the farm, the confidence you 1[<V'Hl IH rw
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having learned

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protect yourself, from knol,ving

situation 't,~~itb w J d .h you may ha V'I; to deal, ~~d1 im measurabl y increa se yo ur 1' l Iliciencv and value to the war effort, I ,hope that this book. 'W,j 11 be widely read, and ,kno'\v' that the 'result iii. Ill be as I have said, - 1. .! !e basic methods of attack a nd de fense in IJ and ~ hand toJi,ghting-desclribed in rny previous book, "Get Tough] ',~!H-;n: carefully worked out and developed during hny many yc'ars service w-ith the Shanghai Municipal Police. Those u U:: th ods were desi g~l d pr imaril y for use b y rnen, t hn ugh e it Is true that man Y' of the 111 are qui te feasi bl e for ",v(fll en. The methods of self-defense explained, and illustrated in the present 'volume, however, have been especially selected for t I s.e by women taking in to acco LU ] t the usual di sad van cages of weight .. bui ld, and strength. They are all practicable, and marry are origins worked out in answer (0 the question: J11 hat s h 0 iiI d I do we~~eI t Q be etta eked li ka t Idj? I t is '(0 be expected that some of the more drastic measures advocated here: will perhaps be considered distasteful and sh ockins. It iSo ql.l ite na rural to f e e 1 th is "i.''i,;''a but a morn e nf s co nsi dera ti 0 1'1 l,V il 1~ I am :S,UT e co 11. vin ce th e reader tha t any methods=so long as they be eff,ectiv-e--are justifiable against a ruthless as sailant. In conclusion, a. word about the handbag ..handkerchief, or
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glove whj h are frequently mentioned as effective ,!veapOlll) of defense, In the hands or an expert ye <: ut· he veraze woman, as. compared to a Ulan. is handicapped [(1:1' tt)CJ much in lV'eicrbtt nd strength to n:ly upon disposing 'E her ,21; ailant ~ a Hick in the !.ye 'with UlrH~.of these articles, Su h a measure would dcuhtlcs: onI}J! enrace 1'1101. rh,e' went . method [0 f IJO'N . re enough. ,rudy them .. arefully, practice them diligentl " and, If d1C time- ever come when Y' ru mnst us . th. .In. pur LlH-~lTI int . effect suddenly and without restraint. 'To take the ba ttl into your o~]Ipone.ll.f anrp, ltD latch him off hi guard. is vent, -:11 per cent or the bartlc ,\r{)TIJ. ... ·e
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CONTENTS
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vVrist Hold

(One Hand)

2

'.'Vrin Hold (Two r.~Ial1ds)
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Beillg Strangled.

(One Hand]

How to Apply tlte· F'FChjn_ J ab~1 Being St.rangled (T wo Hands)
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"Bear I-lng('J·~-}TOllJ in Front ..,.
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., BeaT I-Ing'~-:fi'-romBebind 1;.Vaist Hold-c -From
in Front

Hair 1-:]'01d--F:ro m 13 nd chi
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Hold
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Coatl-]©:ld.

Reb Ho1d
14. Simple Counters U01bn~Ha Drill 16

Being Held from in Front The 'Theatre Hold . 3i'

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DEFENSEA'GAINST

VARIOUS

H'OLDS

Your assailant seizes your r.lght lNrbt '\'v:ith. his left h£ilnd, Fig, L To make hila release his 1101d: bend your arm from the dbow; upwards 3;11d towards your body, then twist you,:r wrist towards and over his thumb, Fig. 2", NlOrte: The above must be one continuous, r ted ou t wi th speed. movement and
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DEFENSE AGAI NST VARIOUS HOLDS

Fig,. 3. To make him release his hole}; bend your arrns towards 'your body and twist your wrists in. the direction of his thumbs. Or: jerk your hands t(lf"ir\1';(Jrd.s your body" at the same time hitting him, In the race: with the top of yOUl' head, Fig, .:1.
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assailant seizes you by both

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D_~FE:NS'E .AG,AINST VARIOUS

HOLDS

Your assailant ". izes vou 'by . he throat with hi f, rdl1~; you back ag~,inst a 1i'\ all, Fig. !J. I" ''Vi:h a sl ,(11'1 blow of your right lrlnd std. wrist town rd If left-hand side.
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l'.ioh_ hand} his right
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2.. If necessary, knee him in the pit of the stomach YOUT rig-hl knee. Fig. 6"
Noite: 'The _ isition

demonstra ted in

Fie, 5 -Fur ed back

was selected because it 81.1 1\1S the only po Ition,\, h rc .it 'would be possible; hy means ' f a Snansrl Hold for an a sailant to' do YUH any harm. I, 1 the I vent 0 arryone a ttcn ptililp; to tran~'1e yl Jill with only one hand, rnu1 yon are clear o[ ill. wall ' r other obstruction, all that is necessr :ry IW br. ak 'he 11,,},1, 1suddenly t ' st·..P backwards or si ],\ 'ays in he Iir cti m of his thumb. I'he bC8~ demon tr~ti.oI1l!o~ defense ag'"ain' t this One-

£l'Q'ainst a wall]

Ham ,d Hold

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i th po, ition'hu,,~ n in Fi~'. 5-Again t a Further! if ',our assai L HI' puts ail his strena h an ~
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\,\,'ight in to' the hold, so mue.h the better. A sharp blow as in Fie, 6, with the palm of the right h md on the thumbside of hi > wrist, is all that is necessa j' to. make

him release his hold,

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DEF[N,S'E AGAINST

VARIOUS HOLDS

In Defense Holds No. S, Being Strangled Cr1MO Hands): No, 8, "N;3i~r Hold Fro'JrII the Frrmt; and No. i o, Hair Hold (From Behind) .. it will be noted one of the methods i8 referred to as a, .'Chin, _fa b.' This blow [s stn,ll(:k 'wi~h the base or heel of the palm of the hand at the "Poi nt of the Chin," and, if ~lpp,~kd correctly, is, Iiahle UJ render rOUT assailant unconserous, CA'UT!,()N: TIle "Chin jab" should be used only when circumstances j ustify such drastic methods, Students ate advised, to practice :-H: "Shadow DrUl/'nDt 01:1 their friends. I,. Ucnd the right arm. from the elbow, turning the palm of the hand to the front, Fig. ,. 2, Bend ;~ll:e' palm of tile hand backwards as far as possible, t~xten([ing the fingers and thu mb, and keep them bent (Fig. 8) 50 that, in the event. of your l"Irlis!:ii.ngyour .as~ sailanr's chin, they will reach his eyes, should the situation .i ustify such drastic action, NCiit~~ The force of this b]OliV docs not depend upon the strength or the penon appl ying It, l'H1t 'tlpcm l{~eping the p,~JIYl of the hand bent backwards. This. pennit..s one to deliver a ·'rock-crushing" blow with a follow-through from the shoulder and no possibiHlj? of htl(ting one's ownbaud when :apFiolying it.. ,3, 'Th e pend. ti on. )f the hand in Fig. 8lva:s sel ected as the best to dernonstrate the relative position LJ,f the ·fin~gers,. thumb, and palrn 01: the hand, Students will find that a posi tion somewhat as in Fig. 9 wi]] 'be a more practical position from which to start this blow,

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DEFENSE AGAINST

VARIOUS

HOLDS

....... !D'Eung S·' .... tra,ng I·=.IIT l wo 'Henc Si e,c ;-: d'~ N ,0,. 5. 'Do
Yo.ur assai 1ant seizes )'OU by the throa t wi th both forcing you La rk against '1 :\1:1111 Fig.. l. o,
han ds ~

Note.i In the event of 'being a ttacked in this manner ~drastic methods 111-'-' caned :1:0' and are justifia ble, We strongly recommend the application of the "Chin Jab:'
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sailant and

put him off his guard, Then suddenly shoot J.;b.
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both. our hands up inside his arms and strike him on
the point of the du11t-'4Chil1
:2~, Keep your fingers and rhum bs e:ctended

rind endeavour

to reach hi" eves with the 'points of your fingers or thumb of one of your bands, Simultaneously knee him in. the pit of the stomach, Fig, ] o,

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DEFENSE AGl\INST VARIOUS

HOLDS

Your assailant, with both arms, seizes you around the body, nnprieoning your arms, Fig. 11.I. Kick him on the shins. 2. Knee hirn in the pit or the stomach, 3. Stamp on his feeL 4. B Lllnp him in the f'l("e with your head.

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DEFENSE AGAINST
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No., 7., ~ B"e,ar H,U9~ [From Be,hind)
Your assailant, with both arms, seizes you around imprisoning your arms, Fig. 1. s.
I. Stamp on l~j,$feet.

the 'body;

2. Kkk Irirn on the shins" 3:, ],8, UI11p h im in the face with the back. of your head.

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DEFENSE AGAINST VAR~OUS H'OLDS

No"

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Waist, 'H old (From in Front)
the 'body from in front,

Your assailant seizes you around lea ving your arms free
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Place you.r left ,hand around and in to the small of hIs back, simuhaneously striking him on the puint of the chin ("Chin J atl'), If nece.ssary,.knee hi.111 in the stomach, . ig., 1"~.
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2:. Seize lhisneck with both hands, fingers totu;:hing behind, thumbs in front the points one on either aide of the "Adam's apple." Force inwards and upviards with the points of your thumbs and towards yQU with the po in ts rtf your fingers=then Jerk his head sharply backwards,
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Note,: 'The average person is very susceptible to the discomfort caused by this neck bold. as shown in Fig. 14, and students are advised not to practice it on their friends.

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DEFENSE AGAINST VARIOUS

HOLDS

Your assailant
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seizes. you around the waist Irom behind, vo . Ur arms 'free. j ..
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I. Strik the 1 ack of his hand knuckles, Figs. l!5 and. ISA.
'2;,; Seize ei th er 0 I: I 1is ] it de lingers

sharp

blow 'with ycur

and bend 'j t back wa rd s:
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break it, Figs.

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Note:: It should he. noted that

'he' Httle-linser hold is the only hold on tl, e fingers that is effectiv ."], here are many , ,Ct or s who coo Id s 'and the Vlh I. of ha 'ing 01 e of their other iHng' rs 1.roken, but it i. fairly safe to stutc that
not. more than ant' pi;;T~Hl in a hundred could stand the pain. of ha ving the l iule fll.lger treated in the same way. Further, it is a SHt~ 111.thod of Dl;J,kirlg' your assailant release hi hold.

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on his feet
striking

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c heel of vmH' shoe sirnul~ him In the Iace 'with the hack of

head,

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DEFENSE

A'GAINST VARIOUS H'OLDS

No, I (1. Hair H,old fFrom, Behind')
Your assailant righr hand. seizes you liy th e hair) from behi rid, wieh his,

I," Bend backws rds and seize his hand fr' 111 above, keep:il1g a finn ~:rrip"with yot:l'T' hands, force your head into his hartd to prevent him letti'ng go" Irig; 17',
~2. Turn in towards your assailant; this will twist his 'wrist" 1; 'Tee you.r head u1 and bend his wrist in, ards, away Irnm hi') elbow, Fig, ] 8. of th is m e t hod depe nd 111 n1 y n pUll. the ai speed with which it is COin pleted and the continuo us upward ~pT'e.ssul"e' your head against his hand , combined of with. tile' finn grip .Qlct hIS hand by Doth of yours. IF, when YOll are in the position shown in Fig, 1,8, you]" assailant attempts to u e his left hand azain t you, immediately release your ]1 Id with the Tight hand and
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Note: The' 5uc.

strike him on the point

or the chin

("Chin Jab"), Fig. 19,

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DEFENSE

AGAINST VARIOUS HOLDS

No.

I 'I" C,oat Hold

Your assailant seizes you by the J eEt shoulder with his, right hand, l~ig,. ~ o.
'I. Seize 1:1 is

righ t hand 1,,1ith you r rig ht han d aile"] prevent him from releasing hts :hold.

2. Seize his right elbow with your left hand, your thumb to the Ie hi Fig, 21.,
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"Vi th a circular upward

then (kq!~1l1"ljVar,tlrnotion of your left harrd on the elhn'ii!J'" turn sharply 011 rwards towards yonr rigl,I.t~.hand side by pivoting on yotn 'right foot and st.<:!pping across his Ircnt lIvith your left leg,
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4. Keep

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firm grip with, your right hand to' prevent Irim releasing "his hold and apply a downward pressure on his dhow wi th :,your left hand,

Note: It shouldhe noted in Nos, 11, and 'W,a, Coat Holds, and, No, i 3, Belt Hold, that your assailant having caught hold of YOttt dot.l':dng, etc., has placed himself at a great disadvantage andi t :is Ior this reason that you should endeavour to nreven [ him From releasinz his hold until J yuu have eflecti vely dealt with hirn,
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DEFENSE A'GA!lt~ST VARIOUS HOLDS

Y Ur assa.ilant . eizes you by the left ho rlder with his right hand,
I:. Seize hi

Ibcw with your left hand from underneath: at LI!e same time p;;t...s, your right hand over the ... arm and seize the elbow wi th your righ t hand above your lell Fig. 23.
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'2. 1,Vith a cir ul ar upward a nrl {krw[l'l:vanl rnotiort ( ,f vour band, n his' Ibow turn shtol'rpl)l' outward toward ~ our light-hand si <e. This will hring: ou into. the po' "don show n in l' ig.~'4.

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Force h is elbow towards Y()L1T bod,y and push 1'1p with y01JT left shoulder. This '~vill prevent him from releasing hi, arm, If necessary, smash him ]:.11 the face with ymu r~~)'h~' knee ,,~o ,,~
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DEFIENSE AGA.INST VA:RIOUS No. 13. 'Belt Hold
Your assailant

HOLDS

seizes you by tJH~ belt with his righ .. hand. t

~.. Seize IlL right

hand from above with your right hand and prevent hirn from releasing his hold.
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2.. Seize his; right. el t nli\T 'N~rJ.I. your left hand neath, thumb tu the left .. Fig, .25.

under-

Note~The success of the method depends. "iLlpOn the correct position .. f your left band ulon your a.""ail:~ullt's. ]fighit

elhnw, and special atteutio n must be laid
o.f your lef thumb,

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the position

J., ''''lith a cireul r upward and then du\,vnwanl. motion of "!I'OlJ.1" 1 "n: harrd on the elbow, turn sharply towards "'\lOUT J right-hand side by piv ut:i.l1.g' on your ·dg;ht f Of; simultaneously stepping across his front with. your Ieft leg.
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Not@:: Providing

yuu have prevented him from releasing his hold of YOUT bel chis wil'l he found to be: a ·very effec ti ve hold.

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VARIOUS

HOLDS

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(A) Harui

happens 'that you meet a per.'lOll '.... is very pT611cl of his g:ripping po-w'er.s and rho takes great pi easu re , 'when shak ingl) an ds, in gripping; your hand with an his strength, ,3L]J!pffil"1entl y with the idea of convincing you that he it> ,,,J real "he-man Fig. OJ?"
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It is a very simple matter for yOl;t to take the conceit oue him=Place the poit),t of yotl'r right thumb {In the back, of his hand between the thumb and index finger as in Fig. <j,7A~

or

NOire:: Only a v,ery small amount

of pressure with the point of: your thumb is necessary to counteract his grip, and as du~'n.tentiof1: is to take the conceit out of him, do not i make it obvious by applying more pressure than isueces-

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(B) Ag(1)in,~t Being Lilt:e(t. ,A pcrs:.o11.::Ittel(]pt~ to Jift you up
by catching hold OK you under the arm-pits, To prevent this: force the points of vour thumbs up and irnto his neck close alongside 'the jaw bone as in Figs, ~8 and ~8A,. Push upwards and force his bead slightlybackwards, which win place hi.lO of:!:balance, making it impossible for him to Ii It yo u,

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THE UMBRELlf\

,AS ,A 'MEANS OF DEFENSE

No.. 15. 'Umbrena

Drrul!1

The present-day umbrella, which is around 18 to 20 inches HI length, is an idea] "V "ai, OJ] for the purpose of defense against the 1110n;::: serious rneth d of attack. and students are advised to study and nl_ak€themselves thoroughly acquainted with the application of the V~dOU5 blows, as demonsrrated:

A ~ Right hand above=left hiland below. Point of umbrella to [he left-hand side, B = P: int., a ross th e stomach. C == Point up under the chin, D :::::::: Point. dOWI'l1. the faee, E = Handle, up across the f.~lr:e. . F = I P und r the chin=aim to strike your opponent's AJdOJI1'r:s apple with the center of the uml T,~Ua. Note: In th,€ Following pages only one position of attack by an assailant has been shown, This is done. ,so.as not to confuse the student when IearrringvThereare, of course, numerous other positions YQ1U assailant could adopt when attacking you bl:t t, providing' y()U make yourself proficiei t in the use 0:1: the umbrella at least one or two of the "Drill Strokes,' perhaps "vlth a slight va iation, win more than enable 'YQ!J to deal effc:ctively with, any
assailant,

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THE UMBRELLA

AS A I'llEAN.s

OF DIEFENSE

No~ 16;~ Bei.n;g Held from in: Front
CAUTION;

Never attempt to strike YCUJr assailant OV,e'iJ!" the head with your umbrella, The utmost injury that you could inflict 'with Hue handle of an IUTI brell a would] ot be sufficient to make him release his hold, and would most likely only make him annoved 'Or ;:tng,ry with you" Further, a blow at the head, with an y Vi ~ll,pon such as a stick or umbrella, is in nine out of ten Ca.SES '''lelegraphed· that it is going: 1:0 he giv'en with the result that it is. a vlery simp le matter to preve' t its reae h ing its mark-s-see Fig, ~9.
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Having been "FIeld Tp"::t. in Fig. 30; your assailant having hold of your shoulder or arms 'with one 01" both hands:
I. Hold your urnl ~I'e']] as ill Fig-. 31, right ha ... above, left a )d, hand below 'with ~UI, interval of apprcximately six

inche

between

-Y0rrr hands.

2. Strike yOtlr a5sailant with the point of the umbrella across the stoma,ch, just below or above the belt [ine, by shooting your I I't hand fnn\rard i!lnd towards your dg'h t-hand side, simultaneously ,])1,.]]1 the urnbre lla in.g backward ''!jl\-dth your right hand, This will bring' yOUI' assailant to. the position shown in Fig. j 2,

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on fJage 3r

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THE UMBRELLA AS A MEANS

OF DE:FENSE

3., Should )Iour assailant stiU retain his hold (which is most unlikely), strike him under the 'hin with the point of the umbrella by Jar)bing; upwards 'with both hands as in Fig., 3t~. 4. lD the event of mi ssing ymr ~:ssaib!nt's hin with the point of tile umbrella, strike at U;I:iS face by hiuing downwardswith -your left hand simultaneously drawing

back with ''''l~ur right hand as in Fig. J~4.
5. Continue yOUI' defense by shooting your righ t hand forward and towards your left-hand sidev striking YOUT assailant across ehe 'face in, the region. of the nose with the handle of the umbrella as in li:g. 35. 6. If ne~:~S$ny ~ strike him und er the chi n 115in Fig. 36.

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A 'DEFENSE AGAINST WANDERING HANDS

II.. You are si tti ng on a chair and a hand is placed on you)!" leftknee as. in.liig. 3.7· 2.. Catch hold 0:[ the hand with your right hand, pass1ng your .flngy:::TS and thumb under the palm of the hand as in Fjg .. ~.ft Altho ugh it is rather esscntia] th:at~;he' initial

hold o-t the o(fendin.g hand. should be ~lJS ncar ('15 possi hle to that SIJ01'IH1.. you shou ld not have an ydlfficulty in. ohtai fling it as the p erson concern eel 'I'\! i11. mos l II kd Y h(~ under the impression that you are sirnply returning his
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3.! Keeping a firm gdp on thehand, lift it Irom your knee, pu II ing i K across yo ur body towards yOUTT:ig'llt -hand
side, Fig, 39.

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A DEFE:NSEA.IGcAfNSTWANDERING

HANDS

4~ 'Twist the hand and arm away [rOLl).YUll •. simultaneonslv seizing his eUmw Irom above, as in Fig. ,1:0•. !!L Force th e arm downwardsby pressing on the elbow with your left hand and twisting the arm with your ·ri.ght hand, until it is in :~hepoi!Si tion shown in Fig, 4.l.,

~, .By ym:rr keepin g a reason a bl e pressu re on IIiscl bow and
a Iairly firm grip of his hand, it is. impossible for )Jenu: opponent to move, An alternative method OE holdin.g YOUT opponi:nt L~ to applypte-ssute on his elbow with. 1··... ].i'i 1'" Y s ,·, '1'" I,"·f.. for
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NOT!o:' (A) Fur the purpose of clearness the various movemen ts in Th e 'T'h ea tre H old h ;rive be-en d em 01'15 rra ted :51 to dug in. otdJnd:ry chairs in the' front I"QI'!:v., Had they been
demonstrated as tal;;.ing place in the second 0"[ hack ro"l,'\!" til e op pon en r's head woul d ha vebeen srnashed on to the backs of the front seats.
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('B) Students should note that after their opponent's nf£t!1ding hand has been secured; as demonstrated 'in Fig .. 3.8).all other movements of this. hold are continuous. The amount of pain or discomfort inflicted on your oppo~ nent depends ~UpOtl the speed with which. the various
movements are

completed,

(C) If your opponent anticipates the a.pp]i.cation of this hokl, .it naturally £0110.'v8 that it mjght be difficult to ,2Lpp 1 That bei ngso=and the circumstances .1 u 3ti[ying y. it:-~,ve recommend the ~lppl.icatio.n of one of the l'IlJIatchbox, D efenses as de 11100,15 tr ate d on pages 37' to 4~..
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THE MATCHBOX

DEFENSE

The use of the matchbox is one of the most drastic methods of defense that It h possible (00' employ and must on.ly be used when the situation c;ills for drastic action, Further, students arewarned to be extremely careful when t1(~S.dHg the force o ~ t heb 10'.11 on them se1vcs (lrig. '1,3),ot herwise it isql1], tie P05xib Ie Ior them to render themselves unconscious, The advantage of llSi'-llg: a rnarchbox, :aSCf)mp,ut~d.,,~d_th a stick or other vi!Cap'utl. Iics in the surprise and CO'011}1(":te ttnexpectedness of this Iorrn of attack, An y PCt50.tt"1 not previously a';""::1i't'e this method. ):[:defense, seeingyou 0:[ take an ordinary ITh1.l'-Ch box OUf. of a purse m!:':)()ckel:, 'would, not be suspicious or l

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on his guard.
are severa] sltnatlcns :10 'i\Thkh the use of ~t ma tchbox mighteasily be the un~y pO:!JolH)le Ineans of .clerc.lse: (A) There

You are driving a car and have picked up a hitch-hiker: he suddenly sticks a gun in YOUT ribs, (See page S9'.)
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(B) You are u:nexpecterUy st [lP1)ed on a da-rk road with a 'r' ,d.emarm I f.'G' •.-ive me . 1" n·p or ~~IJr a 19i1t :-J.zmc over t1 uag..r~ Jl~ i~ (se:e page 4 L,)

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Fi'g. 48

THE MA TCHB.OX DEFEN.Sl:

You art; drivin~ a cal' (left-band drive), and have picked up '1 hit h-hiker. I-Ie S . ddenlv, sti zks a gun in vour ribs .. .. , L Take the matchbox and hold it as in ig, 44, the top of the box be.iing' s.lightly below the fin gel' '"nd thumb, the box resting, if possible, on the Iittle fmg: r, Fig .. ~Mj"
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::L Keeping the upp~r part ,of the left arm firm 1y against the Iefr side of your body, ldth a circular upward motion 0; -your Ieft hand pivoting your body lrom "he hip {Fig'.iJi > strike your OppOJil ent 011 the jaw bone~ anywhere between the' ear and' he point of the ..hin, Fig. 47, SiUIU.1 tan eons] Yi" seize d 1e .gun from abov e wi th you I" right hand, turning the muzzle away from your body as in Fig. t18" If 'you have struck your opponent (:0 'recHy
he wil l be "OUT."

Note: (A) Students must .in practice check lp against the
'~tel(;!gtaphing~' tl cir Intentions b, drawing back their stri ..ing hand. The. ~ blow starts from the origi1l1al position of the hand when the match box was first put into position, T'lie strength or fore ,("th e 'hlolj\F depends mainl y upon the fa UOW~

Jatal error, cOl.1l111iuE;"(1 most, by

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througl of the bod). not In the !:i-tn:..ngth ell ann. of (B) III th e event 01 vour opponent ht;]-ugon your left-hand side, take thematch box ill you.r right hand: the blow will
11e equally elfective ..

Fig'. 49

--'HE McATCHBOX

DEFENSE

Yon are unexpectedly stopped on a dark Toad 'with. a demand, '~Give me a. light'; or "Hand over you' bag." The usual method of approach is for your assailant sudeten ly to step out 01: an. alleyway or Irom behind a tree as you are about to pass" when yuur position would. be somew hat as shown in 'Fig, -19, L Tak the 'matchbox a In Fig, 50. the tc p If the box beinc 'lightly bel 'iN the :Iinger and thumb, the box resting, if possible, on the little finger.
2. It should be noted that the method of striking is somewhat clife'rent from that shown previously. In Fig" 5]., y~:,n.uop])One-rH being on his feet and very dose to -you, the blow must be delivered upwards. The force of the

blow depends on the follow-through, is,from the right hip, leg', and fOOL

which in this case

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alternative method=it the situation is serious enough to J[lstify such drastic a(ti()n-i.,,~ take a matchbox with the heads .of the, matches 011 top=strike a match and set h'['.e~ the matches, im.rnediately throwing it into to

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a isailan t' s face.

Self-Defense for Women

HANDS OFF!
By MAJOR
E. FAIRBAI:RN Authol" of "Gel T'oaab!"
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r.eaHst,j( presentation of how to counter force h:y s.tt,ateg,y and skill. A.her tho-rot! gb 1y mastering th e me tlio ds '0 f tie"1 fdefense outlined in this hook! no woman should feel afraid a:g;;dn or allow fear cf attack to interfere 'with the. pursuit of her normal, ev·,er.yd.ay duties. The direct ions 1n the book are €J!:.plicit and €~sy to understand and follow, 'The m 21 n.y clea r photographs sh ow j ust how to master the details of the instructions. fA defense against practically every conceivable form of. attack 1::J included.
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women

schooling themselves Systnil OIf Self-Defense, can. back up [heir cry with aceion-c-action that is fast and sure and which leaves Httl€

girls. afrer in the Fairbairn

room for error ~ D. ApPLETON - CENTURY New York

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Ml\]OR W. E.

FAIRBAIRN
For the last thirtry yeatS., up to- the outbreak o.f the war, Mgjor. Fairbairn was connected with tbe Shanghai MU])1,~cipa~ Potonghes~ pol ice .1,~ignm:·ent in. the world. The city was overrun lice-.:.'tbe

with gangsters and killers. 'who· terrorized dviHans in mat vicious tra de of white slav,eiY, kidnapping and 8mttgg1ing. To, con rend wi th these thugs and terrerists, Maj0( Fairbairn organi~0d and Jed the famous Shanghai Riot Squad) and devised the system of clese-eombae fight,. ing w'hkll today' bears :Pis nil,m.e-the· ~'Fal']ibaim System:' The crimin a Is ln S hangha i eal'nea the gor-y [~p'l1ltatiou of 'be'ing the most ruthless aS$ass:ins on the globe. Fairbairn's task was to:: invent a style of :fighting \vhkb W'ould e-nab'le the outnumbered COl1~
re lick the gangsters and. curthreats to' a, st~,ndsti-n< It had eo 'be betrer than. jiu,~j u rsu (judo). It had to ibepotent wi tlb, 0 r wi thou t weapons. I t:; had 'to get' results ta.s't. I t had to serve ev!!:'ry ~eqlliliem€nt of the man who cenld not can for help~whOl often b.ad to battle several assailants. come out alive ,and. br·i:rm .jIll rrhe ,el'8tw hile killers, When was was declared Major Fairbairn was called home to En,gbnd 'to teaeh his nutboos to the Cornman iI.os and Parachute T rocps ,. The Fairb~irt1 System is now standard instruction for the Bridsh Armed Forces, At present he jrs in ,che' Unite,d St'a·tes, on loan from the British ArmY·t '~eaching (~Q:ge:...eornbat stabulary

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