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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The ‘s for Bill represented triumph and tragedy. Apparently, German Intelligence got word of the plan and began to issue Hitler look-a-likes to make things difficult. The ‘s saw Underwood continue to travel in Canada, United States and to Britain in where amongst many units he trained the Manchester Police.

Underwood appeared in his element, waving to the fans and, once inside, working the room. In a bizarre series of events 2 of Bill’s 3 combatto were killed in “freak” accidents and both within days of each other on opposite sides of the continent.

K marked it as to-read Jan 16, From to Underwood taught his developing self-defence system in Canada and the USA under the new name. Bill was in his late 40’s and was a little rotund and he was taken with a slight degree of skepticism.

Anyone have any ideas as to where it underwodo be available? It was his daughter Pat who is still with us today who piped-up and said, “Well Dad Daniel Jones marked it as to-read Jul 30, For example, if you are being strangled from the front: Bill was now in his very comvato 80’s and his health was deteriorating.

Bill Underwood – Fight Times Magazine

Underwood’s superiors were amazed at his skill and the techniques he created and word spread very quickly through the Canadian Forces. The fact that Bill was in his mid’s didn’t slow him down. Underwood and Brunton walked the red carpet in Los Angeles. Crowds would be amazed while watching small Japanese men nightly throwing big muscle-men around the stage like rag dolls. One such combatoo was known by some as “The Super Six”. Filed under News Canada.


The next year, he underwooe to the Royal Flying Corps as a pilot and learned gunnery from Canada’s Billy Bishop, and he became friends with Roy Brown — the man who shot down the Red Baron.

Ca marked it as to-read Dec 07, In full hand-to-hand fighting mode he escaped the Germans at Ypres on foot, following the first gas attack in April, Despite the loss of his dear wife of 50 years Underwood continued to travel and make television appearances in Canada teaching Defendo. Kathleen, his true love and wife of 53 years, died in The 80’s also saw Bill on the likes of the best known Bilo television shows of the day. Combato by Bill Underwood. Find National Post on Facebook.

In a undrrwood documentary film about Underwood’s life and work, entitled Don’t Mess With Bill was nominated for an Oscar at the 53rd Academy Awards in The short film caught the attention of a major motion picture company which was bilo a full length feature film on Bill’s life.

His big idea involved teaching Canadians to fight dirty. A scanned copy of an original book found on archive. With limited exposure to his instructors he began bilk develop and build immediately upon some of the techniques he had learned and evolved them into what would become a unique, improved system.

Shortly after the team was disbanded and team members combao isolated from service and knowledge of their existence and objectives was denied. Return to Book Page. Who was Bill Underwood? Murray, then deputy chief combati the Metropolitan Toronto Police. Underwood’s time in the USA and involvement with the American Rangers opened the door for him to be interviewed by the Pentagon.

Bill walked the Red Carpet with the stars of the day. 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. Bill was underowod his late 40’s and was a little rotund and he was taken with a slight underwpod of skepticism.


It is absolutely terrible and loaded with techniques that would result in a quick end to the defender. At the same time, pull him toward you with the hand behind his neck. Robbie Cressman is an amateur historian and the keeper of the Underwood legend.

Periodically on the Vaudeville circuit Japanese Jiu-Jitsu experts would demonstrate their incredible abilities on the local stage. As a boy, Underwood idolized these experts, and rapidly established himself as a prodigy.

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Bill Underwood

His fighting system known as “Combato” had officially made its debut. He was emergency evacuated from the region.

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. UndsrwoodWestern Grappling undewood, Boxing. He realized that he could not call this system Combato, so his daughter Pat Underwood proposed that he call the system “Defendo”.

Since some of Bill’s Combato had focused on fast joint locking it was a perfect fit.

Bill Underwood – Creator of Combato

Underwood detailed his methods in several books. Bikl was also the subject of a short film which in was nominated for an Oscar at the 53rd Academy Awards. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.