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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Unbeknown to anyone, Bill was a prodigy in the making. One such unit was known by some as “The Super Six”. The film was produced by Pen Densham and John Watson.

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I have been looking for either of the two books mentioned for the past 35 years or more since I saw Bill interviewed on a CBC show out of Toronto. Apparently, German Intelligence got word of the plan and began to issue Hitler look-a-likes to make things difficult. Underwood also appeared at that time on all of Hollywood ‘s major talk shows including Real JnderwoodThat’s Incredibleand Merv Griffin underaood on all occasions, promoting and teaching his system of Defendo.

With limited exposure to his instructors he began to develop and build immediately upon some of the techniques he had learned and evolved them into what would become a unique, improved system. As underrwood boy, Underwood idolized these experts, and rapidly established himself as a prodigy. Underwood detailed his methods in several books.

Since some of Bill’s Combato had focused on fast joint locking it was a perfect fit. Using finger and pressure point applications he easily took control of the giant. The movie however did not come to reality due to Bill’s failing health.

Their key objective was to be dropped behind enemy lines on a one way assassination mission to remove Hitler himself. Periodically on the Vaudeville circuit Japanese Jiu-Jitsu experts would demonstrate their incredible abilities on the local stage. Brunton met Underwood in when he was in his combatp.

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Bill Underwood – Creator of Combato

Throughout the ‘s and 60’s Bill continued to train military units when requested in Combato. Law enforcement techniques Hybrid martial arts Underaood American martial arts Canadian inventions. He realized that he could not call this system Combato, so his daughter Pat Underwood proposed that he call the system “Defendo”.

Defendo is a Canadian martial art and a self defence system created in for law enforcement structures by Bill Underwood.

He continued to develop his fighting system and extricated himself from numerous life and death situations during the war using his Combato. Among many engagements, Bill demonstrated his fighting system at U. The teams primary objective was abandoned and its members were re-assigned to seek and terminate German Intelligence Agents on the east coast of Canada and the United States.

Combato by Bill Underwood

A photo of Corporal W. Underwoood some of Bill’s Combato had focused on fast joint locking it was a perfect fit. I wouldn’t trust them.

The fact that Bill was in his mid’s didn’t slow him down. During this time Underwood began to travel within the USA. The Underwood family has distinct memories of Bill being at the centre for meetings and work which they were completely unaware of.

Underwood had created Combato ina “non- boxing or wrestling ” unarmed combat system which he taught in MontrealQuebec combxto, and TorontoOntarioand Defendo grew out of this system. Daniel Jones marked it as to-read Jul 30, The five foot, 2 inches, gentle looking man called the “Human Atomic Bomb”- “Mighty Atom” – “Little Giant Killer” as a 12 year old boy inmade after school pocket money selling programmes at the Vaudeville Pavilion Theatre.

Dustin Mon 28 Combbato Alec Guiness and Mickey Rooney were interested and were preparing to read for the roles.


It posits scenarios and steps to remedy them, with accompanying photos. Bill simply asked them to provide a handful of their toughest young men and he would take care of them. To ask other readers questions about Combatoplease sign up. Articles lacking in-text bkll from May All articles lacking in-text citations All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from February Brunton was star struck.

The art of Defendo: How a forgotten (Canadian!) martial art saved democracy

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. Devv Null is currently reading it Jun 16, For example, if you are being strangled from the front: Bill gave his first demonstrations and instruction to Butler, New Jersey and New York City Bi,l Officers and requests and training only grew from that point forward.

After the war in Underwood began to receive requests from North American Law Enforcement Agencies to teach their officers Combato.

Retrieved May 8, 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. From to Underwood taught his developing self-defence system in Canada and the USA under the new name.

Bill then emigrated to Canada, and in came back overseas with the Grenadier Guards of the Royal Montreal Regiment. Find National Post on Facebook.

Underwood appeared in his element, waving to the fans and, once inside, working the room. Refresh and try again.