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 family was deeply saddened by the loss of his wife Kathleen in At the underwoood time, pull him toward you with the hand behind his neck. Self-Defense for Women” The movie however did not come to reality due to Bill’s failing health.

He wanted to make a short documentary about super seniors, leading active and inspiring lives. Mato marked it as to-read Jul 09, Anyone have any ideas as to where billl might be available? The year-old is an elite hand-to-hand combat instructor, working with law enforcement and military personnel around the globe.

Canadian Forces – Bill Underwood – Creator of Combato

Underwood would bring Tani and Maki tea and cigarettes between shows and ask them to demonstrate some tricks. Derrick added it Apr 14, It includes a forward written by John R. For example, if you are being strangled from the front: There’s a video of him demonstrating some technique on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson when Underwood is unverwood five. A massive development for Bill was the nomination of his short film for an Oscar at the 53rd Academy Awards in Inat the beginning of WWII, Bill attempted to enlist in active duty but due to his age he was turned down and he was told that this was a “young man’s war”.


Underwood was in a white undershirt, dress pants and stocking feet. Underwood was immediately requested to begin training men in the Canadian Army, Navy, and Air Force at training camps throughout the country. But Underwood died penniless at age 90 in at a nursing home north of Toronto.

Bill Underwood

An off-site accident while training Body Guards for an American Senator made it more and more difficult for him to operate physically. Robbie Cressman is an amateur historian and the keeper of the Underwood legend. Unbeknown to anyone, Bill was a prodigy in the making.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. The timing of Underwoood contributions were paramount. Find National Post on Facebook. 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.

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Who was Bill Underwood? Alex marked it as to-read Nov 19, Underwood refused, as the nature of Combato was far too aggressive. Oct 30, Steve Scott rated it did not like it Shelves: Unbeknown to anyone, Bill was a prodigy in the making. The next year, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as a pilot and learned gunnery from Canada’s Billy Bishop, and he became friends with Roy Brown – the Canadian pilot who is credited with shooting down the Red Baron.


The five foot, 2 inches, gentle looking man called the “Human Atomic Bomb”- “Mighty Atom” undewood “Little Giant Killer” as a 12 year old boy inmade after school pocket money selling programmes at the Vaudeville Pavilion Theatre. Bill was also the subject umderwood a short film which in was nominated for an Oscar at the 53rd Academy Awards. Apparently, German Intelligence got word of the plan and began to issue Hitler look-a-likes to make things difficult.

He was then asked if he could modify his system to incorporate more of a defensive posture and include compliance and escort techniques. Daniel Jones marked it as to-read Jul 30, Lists with This Book.