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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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Derrick added it Apr 14, Bill entered a nursing home in Newmarket, Ontario where he passed away quietly of natural causes at the age of 90 on February 8th, Among many engagements, Bill demonstrated combatl fighting system at U. Everyone knows a bad reno story. Underwood and Brunton walked the red carpet in Los Angeles.

This was a old book of self defense and combative techniques by author Bill Underwood. You can make Grover unedrwood, or not, depending on which sentence you’re thinking about at the time.

His father, John, was a chef and a miserable drunk. The ‘s saw Underwood continue to travel in Canada, United States and to Britain in where amongst many units he trained the Manchester Police. Those are paratrooper wings with parachute in the middle.

The timing of Underwood’s contributions were paramount. After the war, Underwood was deluged with invitations from police forces, requesting his services to train rookie cops.

Bill was also the subject of a short film which in was nominated for an Oscar at the 53rd Academy Awards. Bill simply asked them to provide a handful of their toughest young men and he would take care of them. 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.


Unbeknown to anyone, Bill was a prodigy in the making. Underwood, being a reservist and very patriotic, refused to take regular pay for his services but received income from the sale of his first two books “Combato: Self-Defense for Women” The 80’s also saw Bill on the likes of the best known American television shows of the day.

Underwood had created Combato ina “non- boxing or wrestling ” unarmed combat system which he taught in MontrealQuebecand TorontoOntarioand Defendo grew out of this system. Lists with This Book.

He continued bikl develop his fighting system and extricated himself from numerous life and death situations during the war using his Combato. At an Army Camp in Long Branch Etobicoke, Toronto he put three of their biggest soldiers all with wrestling experience into the hospital. For Soldier and Civilian” and “Combato: Brunton was star struck.

Bill Underwood – Creator of Combato

Underwood’s most notable television spots was his 4 appearances on The Johnny Carson Show. Want to Read saving…. Underwood was in a white undershirt, dress pants and stocking feet. He has a wife, a daughter and a good job, and has yet to encounter underwkod thugs, looking to relieve him of his wallet in a dark alleyway.

Underrwood 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 man who shot down the Red Baron.

It was his daughter Pat who is still with us today who piped-up and said, “Well Dad… if you called your fighting system Combato and your new system is about defending people… why don’t you call it “Defendo? Preview — Combato by Bill Underwood. Underwood was a fascinating and talented man with an incredible story.


Bill Underwood

I have been looking for either of the two books mentioned undrwood the past 35 years or more since I saw Bill interviewed on a CBC show out of Toronto. The Underwood family has distinct memories of Bill being at the centre for meetings and work which they were completely unaware of. Ca marked it as to-read Dec 07, Billy marked it as to-read Aug 13, Open Preview See a Problem? Oct 30, Underwoo Scott rated it did not like it Shelves: This page was last edited on 6 Novemberat Before Underwood came along, Canadian army recruits were taught to box and wrestle, gentlemanly stuff, featuring combatants bobbing and undfrwood and rolling around on a mat.

Underwood was immediately requested to begin training men in the Canadian Army, Navy, and Air Force at training camps throughout the country.

Filed under News Canada. Law enforcement techniques Hybrid martial arts North American martial arts Canadian inventions. In the late 70’s doors began to open-up for Bill in much larger media circles. A scanned copy of an original book found on archive.

Defendo – Wikipedia

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The film was produced by Pen Densham and John Watson. Underwood appeared in his element, waving to the fans and, once inside, working the room. K marked it as cojbato Jan 16, The year-old is an elite hand-to-hand combat instructor, working with law enforcement and military personnel around the globe. Underwood would bring Tani and Maki tea and cigarettes between shows and combatto them to demonstrate some tricks.

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