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History[ edit ] Combato had its beginning in the Liverpool theatres with jujutsu demonstrations by travelling Japanese wrestlers, Yukio Tani and Taro Miyake. As a boy, Underwood idolized these experts, and rapidly established himself as a prodigy. Underwood was frequently requested by American and Canadian Law Enforcement Agencies to teach his Combato system during World War II , but as the war had ended he refused on the basis that Combato was too aggressive. Underwood was asked to modify the system to remove its lethal applications and instead focus on the Law Enforcement applications of self-defence, compliance and control tactics. He realized that he could not call this system Combato, so his daughter Pat Underwood proposed that he call the system "Defendo".

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Lou Ferrigno. Bill was also the subject of a short film which in was nominated for an Oscar at the 53rd Academy Awards.

Underwood was a fascinating and talented man with an incredible story. Who was Bill Underwood? The five foot, 2 inches, gentle looking man called the "Human Atomic Bomb"- "Mighty Atom" — "Little Giant Killer" as a 12 year old boy in Liverpool England, made after school pocket money selling programmes at the Vaudeville Pavilion Theatre. Periodically on the Vaudeville circuit Japanese Jiu-Jitsu experts would demonstrate their incredible abilities on the local stage. Crowds would be amazed while watching small Japanese men nightly throwing big muscle-men around the stage like rag dolls.

Between acts backstage Bill developed a friendship with world famous Jiu-Jitsu experts Yukio Tani and Tara Maki and they began to teach him in a short period of time some of the basic techniques of their craft. Unbeknown to anyone, Bill was a prodigy in the making. 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.

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

He continued to develop his fighting system and extricated himself from numerous life and death situations during the war using his Combato. In full hand-to-hand fighting mode he escaped the Germans at Ypres on foot, following the first gas attack in April, Bill was very patriotic and refused to let the issue go. Bill simply asked them to provide a handful of their toughest young men and he would take care of them.

At an Army Camp in Long Branch Etobicoke, Toronto he put three of their biggest soldiers all with wrestling experience into the hospital. His fighting system known as "Combato" had officially made its debut. Underwood was immediately requested to begin training men in the Canadian Army, Navy, and Air Force at training camps throughout the country.

During this time Underwood began to travel within the USA. Among many engagements, Bill demonstrated his fighting system at U. The Underwood family has distinct memories of Bill being at the centre for meetings and work which they were completely unaware of.

Fleming modeled his character after Sir William Stevenson — Intrepid. Underwood trained Spies and Assassins at the Camp and off-site at classified temporary training locations.

One such unit was known by some as "The Super Six". Their key objective was to be dropped behind enemy lines on a one way assassination mission to remove Hitler himself. Apparently, German Intelligence got word of the plan and begun to issue Hitler look-a-likes to make things difficult. 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.

He was emergency evacuated from the region. Shortly after the team was disbanded and team members were isolated from service and knowledge of their existence and objectives was denied. After the war in Underwood began to receive requests from North American Law Enforcement Agencies to teach their officers Combato.

Underwood refused as the nature of Combato was far too aggressive. He was then asked if he could modify his system to incorporate more of a defensive posture and include compliance and escort techniques.

At a dinner table conversation on VJ day in Bill was expressing his bewilderment at what to call his new system. 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.

More and more he began to move away from the direct killing techniques to self-protection, compliance and control options. The family was deeply saddened by the loss of his wife Kathleen in Despite the loss of his dear wife of 50 years Underwood continued to travel and make television appearances in Canada teaching Defendo. The family was devastated and it took a heavy toll on both Bill and his daughter Pat but they managed to pick-up and continue forward.

A massive development for Bill was the nomination of his short film for an Oscar at the 53rd Academy Awards in Bill walked the Red Carpet with the stars of the day. The short film was a real boost for Insight Productions which later moved on to large projects like "Robin Hood" with Kevin Costner. He continued to provide regular professional instruction to Military, Law Enforcement, Security and Body Guards while his own Toronto training centre was teaching students who traveled literally from around the world to learn his system.

Johnny loved Bill Underwood and had him demonstrate and teach Defendo to many world renown celebrities. Using finger and pressure point applications he easily took control of the giant. Alec Guiness and Mickey Rooney were interested and were preparing to read for the roles.

An off-site accident while training Body Guards for an American Senator made it more and more difficult for him to operate physically. Bill entered a nursing home in Newmarket, Ontario where he passed away quietly of natural causes at the age of 90 on February 8th,

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Lou Ferrigno. Bill was also the subject of a short film which in was nominated for an Oscar at the 53rd Academy Awards. Underwood was a fascinating and talented man with an incredible story. Who was Bill Underwood? The five foot, 2 inches, gentle looking man called the "Human Atomic Bomb"- "Mighty Atom" — "Little Giant Killer" as a 12 year old boy in Liverpool England, made after school pocket money selling programmes at the Vaudeville Pavilion Theatre. Periodically on the Vaudeville circuit Japanese Jiu-Jitsu experts would demonstrate their incredible abilities on the local stage. Crowds would be amazed while watching small Japanese men nightly throwing big muscle-men around the stage like rag dolls.

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Lou Ferrigno. Bill was also the subject of a short film which in was nominated for an Oscar at the 53rd Academy Awards. Underwood was a fascinating and talented man with an incredible story. Who was Bill Underwood? The five foot, 2 inches, gentle looking man called the "Human Atomic Bomb"- "Mighty Atom" - "Little Giant Killer" as a 12 year old boy in , made after school pocket money selling programmes at the Vaudeville Pavilion Theatre. Periodically on the Vaudeville circuit Japanese Jiu-Jitsu experts would demonstrate their incredible abilities on the local stage. Crowds would be amazed while watching small Japanese men nightly throwing big muscle-men around the stage like rag dolls.

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Shaktinos 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. His big idea involved teaching Canadians to fight dirty. Just a moment while we sign you co,bato to your Goodreads account. Construction began next door — and then, they say, the nightmare began. He was born in Combato had its beginning in the Liverpool theatres with jujutsu demonstrations by travelling Japanese wrestlers, Yukio Tani and Taro Miyake. Vill film was produced by Pen Densham and John Watson.

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