Dec 082012

Eric Anthony Sykes is most famous for his work with William E. Fairbairn in the development of the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife and modern British Close Quarters Battle (CQB) martial arts during World War II. The Fairbairn-Sykes knife was used by nearly every Auxilier in the UK.

Phil Matthews is a researcher into the Combative Arts and their Instructors and he firmly believe that none of the Instructors suddenly appeared out of “no-where” to serve the Allies in their time of need. He has prepared a really in-depth look at this man and has kindly shared it with us.

It can be seen here

  3 Responses to “Eric Anthony Sykes – The Forgotten Hero of Combatives”

  1. Hi Phil, What a fascinating piece on Bill Sykes. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I am writing a book on the secret life of country houses in the war and naturally enough came across Fairbairn and Sykes in Norther Scotland. May I quote your phrase ‘their brand of mayhem’ in my chapter on Arisaig? I will fully acknowledge you. Thanks, Julie Summers

    • Hi Julie,

      Not sure if yu got an email from our founder last night with Phil’s email.

      I don’t think Phil will see this post sadly.

    • I didn’t see it am afraid – I hope you did use it!!

      I’d love to know the book title if you did write it?

      All the best


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