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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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Bruce Dewar added it Jun 21, Periodically on the Vaudeville uncerwood Japanese Jiu-Jitsu experts would demonstrate their incredible abilities on the local stage. Recent comments Ealdwita Mon 28 Nov Books by Bill Underwood. He was emergency evacuated from the region. One such unit was known by some as “The Super Six”. K marked it as to-read Jan 16, His fighting system known as “Combato” had officially made its debut.

Bill Underwood

Underwood was a fascinating and talented man with an incredible story. His big idea involved teaching Canadians to fight dirty. Underwood would bring Tani and Maki tea and cigarettes between shows and ask them to demonstrate some tricks. Apparently, German Intelligence got word of the plan and begun to issue Hitler look-a-likes to make things difficult.

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He was evacuated from the region. Underwood was puttering around Toronto in a beat-up blue station wagon, teaching Defendo. Fleming modeled his character after Undrewood William Stevenson — Intrepid.

Paul Rivero marked it as to-read Nov 28, Underwood had created Combato ina “non- boxing or wrestling ” unarmed combat system which he taught in MontrealQuebecand TorontoOntarioand Defendo grew out of this system.

Who was Bill Underwood?

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 uhderwood the Special Operations Executive’s S. After the war in Underwood began to receive requests from North American Law Enforcement Agencies to teach their officers Combato.

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His father, John, was a chef and a miserable drunk. Our upload feature allows website visitors to add related WW2 images and other historic combaato for educational purposes. Before Underwood came along, Canadian army recruits were taught to box and wrestle, gentlemanly stuff, featuring combatants bobbing and weaving and rolling around on a mat.

The 80’s also saw Bill on the likes of the best known American television shows of the day. A scanned copy of an original book found on archive. Despite the loss of his dear wife of 50 years Underwood continued to travel and make television appearances in Canada teaching Defendo.


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Combato was too dangerous, he said. John Parry marked it as to-read Jun 15, It includes a forward written by John R. Crowds would be amazed while watching small Japanese men nightly throwing big muscle-men around the stage like rag dolls. For Soldier and Civilian” and “Combato: Between acts backstage Bill developed a friendship with world famous Jiu-Jitsu experts Yukio Tani and Tara Maki and they began to teach him in bilo short period of time some of the basic techniques of their craft. Their undsrwood objective was to be dropped behind enemy lines on a one way assassination mission to remove Hitler himself.

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