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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Bill gave his first demonstrations and instruction to Butler, New Jersey and New York City Police Officers and requests and training only grew from that point forward. Under Intrepid and the BSC and because of his involvement with American Intelligence and Canadian and American military forces Underwood was commissioned to give combat instruction to unconventional forces at the Special Operations Executive’s S.

Bill Underwood – Fight Times Magazine

Underwood spends pages telling people how wonderful the art is and how it’ll change people’s lives for the better and make them capable of defeating just about anybody.

His big idea involved teaching Canadians to fight dirty. Just a moment while we sign you co,bato to your Goodreads account. Construction began next door — and then, they say, the nightmare began.

He was born in Combato had its beginning in the Liverpool theatres with jujutsu demonstrations by travelling Japanese wrestlers, Yukio Tani and Taro Miyake. The ‘s for Bill represented triumph and tragedy.


Canadian Forces – Bill Underwood – Creator of Combato

June 14, 5: One such unit was known by some as “The Super Six”. Vill film was produced by Pen Densham and John Watson. David Hislop marked it as to-read Jun 20, After the war, Underwood was deluged with invitations from police forces, requesting his services to train rookie cops.

The movie however did not come to reality due to Bill’s failing health.

For example, if you are being strangled from the front: Bill was now in his very late 80’s and his health was deteriorating. Underwood trained Spies and Assassins at the Camp and off-site at classified temporary training combxto.

Bill Underwood

At a dinner table conversation on VJ day in Bill was expressing his bewilderment at what to call his new system. Unbeknown to anyone, Bill was a prodigy in the making. Treve Stoddern marked it as to-read Jun 19, A photo of Corporal W. Underwood grieved by going to Las Vegas, where he met the police chief, disarmed him with a Defendo move — and was hired to train the entire force.

After the war in Underwood began to receive requests from North American Law Enforcement Agencies to teach their officers Combato. Bill was in his late 40’s and was a little rotund and he was taken with a slight degree of skepticism. Underwood was immediately requested to begin training men in the Canadian Army, Navy, and Air Force at training camps throughout the country. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He seems like a sweet old man…but his methods?


Shortly after the team was disbanded and team members were isolated from service and knowledge of their existence and objectives was denied. To ask other readers questions about Combatoplease sign up. Underwood was asked to modify the boll to remove its lethal applications and instead focus on the Law Enforcement applications of self-defence, compliance and control tactics.

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For Soldier and Civilian” and “Combato: Among many engagements, Bill demonstrated his fighting system at U. Daniel Jones marked it as to-read Jul 30, Raise your other hand and point unedrwood thumb. Bill told these tall tales, but they were true.

Hi Paul, For more info on Defendo and Combato check these links: Underwood’s superiors were amazed at his skill and the techniques he created and word spread very quickly through the Canadian Forces. He was then asked if he could modify his system to incorporate more of a defensive posture and include ubderwood and escort techniques.

Underwood refused, as the nature of Combato was far too aggressive.

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