Modern Science vs. W.E. Fairbairn
By: Christopher Grosz and Michael D. Janich

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CONTEMPORARY KNIFE TARGETING By: Christopher Grosz and Michael D. Janich

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    William E. Fairbairn’s Timetable of Death—a section in his book ,All-In Fighting that identifies the major arteries of the human body and lists the amount of time it would take to bleed to unconsciousness or death when these blood vessels are severed—has been used for years as a standard reference by students of edged-weapon tactics. But when Colorado police officer Christopher Grosz took a critical look at the timetable to validate it as a reference for law-enforcement training, he made a surprising discovery: the information in it was seriously flawed.

    Grosz began a thorough analysis of Fairbairn’s work, human anatomy, and the realities of effective knife targeting and later teamed up with knife expert Michael Janich to document it all in Contemporary Knife Targeting. The research in this book was conducted with the help of recognized experts in both the medical and tactical fields. It takes full advantage of state-of-the-art medical studies directly related to the effects of edged weapons on the human body. It also reveals the real purpose behind Fairbairn’s original timetable and expands its scope to include the full spectrum of targets on the human body that are vulnerable to knife attacks. The result is a modern, medically accurate version of Fairbairn’s original timetable. It also includes contemporary self-defense applications of the updated data, making it the new definitive resource for all students of edged-weapon tactics. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, softcover, photos, 152 pp.

    Christopher Grosz was a defense tactics master instructor, a martial artist, a decorated officer of the Littleton, Colorado police department, and a student and training partner of Michael Janich. He passed away on Oct. 13, 2005, shortly after the public version of this book was contracted. Michael Janich completed the book as a tribute to Chris and signed all royalties over to his wife and children.