A photo of Corporal W.J. (Bill) Underwood, creator of Defendo and Combato martial arts and self-defence disciplines — a uniquely Canadian. Combato has 1 rating and 1 review. Steve said: This was a old book of self defense and combative techniques by author Bill Underwood. Bill Underwood (The “Little Giant Killer”) was Canada’s top Unarmed Unarmed Combat by way of his system known as ”Combato” ().

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Underwood detailed his methods in several books. For the system developed by Fairbairn and Sykes, see Defendu. In he published under copyright combbato, Police System of Self-Defence”, [1] which became one of the first open-hand police tactics manuals used by police departments in Canada and the United States [ citation needed ]. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Underwood’s superiors were amazed at his skill and the techniques he created and word spread very quickly through the Canadian Forces. Alex marked it as to-read Nov 19, He never forgot their lessons, and after immigrating to Canada inbuilt upon them, creating something new.

He was that, and more. Construction began next door — and then, they say, the nightmare began. Since some of Bill’s Combato had focused on fast joint locking it was a perfect fit.

Bill Underwood

Bill simply asked them to provide a handful of their toughest young men and he would take care of them. Bill then emigrated to Canada, and in came back overseas with the Grenadier Guards of the Royal Montreal Regiment.


Among many engagements, Bill demonstrated his cojbato system at U. Underwood was a fascinating and talented man with an incredible story. WW2inColor is made up of a large WW2 photograph collection of over 45 thousand images which have been viewed over million times over the last few years. When he spoke, his accent betrayed his British roots, while his preference for tea — two bags to a cup — did not hint at any internal menace or capacity to cause grave bodily harm.

In full hand-to-hand fighting mode he escaped the Germans at Ypres on foot, following the first gas attack in April, The five foot, 2 inches, gentle looking man called the “Human Atomic Bomb”- “Mighty Atom” — “Little Giant Killer” as a 12 year old boy in Liverpool England, made after school pocket money selling programmes at the Vaudeville Pavilion Theatre.

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Paul Rivero marked it as to-read Nov 28, Bill was very patriotic and refused to let the issue go. Underwood, being a reservist and very patriotic, refused to take regular pay for his services but received income from the sale of his first two books “Combato: Kathleen, his true love and wife of 53 years, died in Bill was in his late 40’s and was a little rotund and he was taken with a slight degree of skepticism.

Defendo is a Canadian martial art and a self defence system created in for law enforcement structures by Bill Underwood. Underwood was underaood requested by American and Canadian Law Enforcement Agencies to teach his Combato system during World War IIbut as the war had ended he refused on the basis that Combato was too aggressive. It is absolutely terrible and loaded with techniques that would result in a quick end to the defender.


Preview — Combato by Bill Underwood. For Soldier and Civilian” and “Combato: He also appeared at that time on all of Hollywood ‘s major talk shows including Real PeopleThat’s Incredibleand Merv Griffin ; on all occasions, promoting and teaching his system of Defendo.

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Raise your combaot hand and point your thumb. If anyone can find you what you are looking for, they can! He wanted to make a short documentary about super seniors, leading active and inspiring lives. Daniel Jones marked it as to-read Jul 30, Despite the loss of his dear wife of 50 years Underwood continued to travel and make television appearances in Canada teaching Defendo. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. You can make Grover swear, or not, depending on which sentence you’re thinking about at the time.

Derrick added it Apr 14, He was evacuated from the region. The Art of Self-Defense here: