1929 - 1985
Bruce Tegnér was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1929. Tegnér was literally born into the martial arts as both his mother and father were professional teachers of judo and jujitsu; they began Bruce's instruction in the martial arts when he was two years old.
At the age of twenty-one, after becoming California
state judo champion, he gave up competition to devote himself to research,
course development, teaching, and teacher-training. In the U.S. armed
forces Tegnér trained instructors to teach unarmed combat. He
also taught military police and coached sport judo teams. From 1952-1967
he operated his own school in Hollywood, Calif. Among his students were
many famous actors.
Despite all that Tegnér did in the martial
arts he was never really "accepted" by the martial arts community.
Perhaps this is due to his approach. Tegnér's books exposed the
many myths that exist in the martial arts, myths that many teachers
of the arts would rather play upon in order to profit from or build
their status from. He stripped much of this away and delivered a far
different message. Tegner recognized that much of what was (and still
is) being taught was too rigid, too traditional, too impractical and
Tegnér died in the early 80's (I believe) and is now largely forgotten, but his message is as valid and valuable now as it was twenty or thirty years ago. His books are in nearly every public and school library in North America and have been published in several different languages. Tegnér's books cover many aspects of the martial arts including: the sport martial arts; traditional martial arts; and practical methods of self-defense for civilians and for law enforcement.
Dave Walmsley - CANADIAN
Judo for Fun
Written in 1961
Isometric Power Exercises
Written in 1964
Contributed by Jeffrey Crews
Karate & Judo Exercises
Written in 1972
Contributed by Pete Luckin
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