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    Bruce Tegner

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    Last edited by Justme; 5/18/2004 7:56am, .

    #2
    Of course. he was the real first MMAer. Studied and wrote about ten different styles before anyone else. he's not even on the poll.

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      #3
      I will put him on the Top Western Martial Artists

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        #4
        The guy was a hit back in the 'early days' of karate in America. I have read some of his books. When they were published, they were a gold mine of information, because there were few other works on the subject. Better books have been published since then (Of course that was expected, being that it's been around 20 years! ;) )

        Some say that he probably wouldn't stack up to today's crowd. However, I believe that many of today's group of martial artists got into it at least partly as a result of the publicity generated by his work. So, credit where credit is due.

        The last I heared of him, he wrote or contributed to the entry for "Martial Arts" in a 1980's edition of a well-known academic Encyclopedia (I think it was Grolier's).

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          #5
          I still have many of his books. I havnt a clue what happen to him. But he was a revolutionary for the widespread of martial art books for his time.
          I dont know what happen to Al Thomas either of "American Budojujitsu". He was a top notch teacher as well.
          Ghost of Charles Dickens

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            #6
            My first books on the MA were by Bruce Tegner.

            Judo, and Self Defense.

            I can say, that after reading his books back when I was 8 started the real fire to train. Well that and getting my assed kicked.
            Originally posted by Sifu Rudy Abel
            "Just what makes a pure grappler think he can survive with an experienced striker. Especially if that striker isn't following any particular rule set and is well aware of what the grapplers strategies are".

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              #7
              i still have ALL of tegner's books and quite a few articles
              8 years till retirement.

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                #8
                That's really interesting... I found an old paperback Tai Chi and Kung Fu book (Chinese Karate and Exercices) in my grampa's shack/garage (it was my uncles probably before I was born.

                I mentioned his (Bruce Tegner) name to the Shaolin Kenpo guys in the "United Martial Arts Studios of Self Defence" or whatever's dojo and they thought I ment Bruce Lee. They do a lot of cardio kickboxing and teach a lot of retarded kids how to fight with exotic shaolin weaponry.

                And that's the truth.

                I might try and read some of his other (better) books... I kinda skimmed through most of the book. (I skipped over kata forms and whatnot)

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                  #9
                  I think that there are so much better martial artists in San Diego than I think considering we have an olympic training center out here in Chula Vista and of course Frank Shamrock lives here I think (my sister is a friend of his son and I met him there is no doubt the resemblance, physical ability, and some traits is enough to convince me)

                  The martial arts "Blue Dragon Karate" school that I have my eyes on almost brought tears of joy to my eyes as I see the kids class doing groundfighting and I hear a few "ows" and I see the head man correcting this kid's armbar as it was incorrect and sorta scolding the kid's partner who wasn't tapping and later briefly lecturing the class that saying "ow" means stop and that you are tapping too late if it hurts. Not to mention of all things it is indeed a karate school that I am thinking of going to. Of course I will have to check his resume (I am going to check his training with Frank Shamrock and the judo olympian first and if I get good results well ^_^).

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                    #10
                    Bruce Tegner

                    My name is Bob Rosenbaum, I'm a black belt in jukado self-defense from Bruce Tegner, i trained with Bruce from 1959 till he closed his school in 1967, and stayed in touch till his death in 1985. Bruce was a black belt in judo and was the Calif. state judo champion at 17, he than retired from competition. to concentrate on teaching. both of his parents were black belts in judo in an era when judo was not just the sport , but a total martial arts system, think atemi waza/ karate, jiu jitsu/aikido, and self-defense, think world war II, close combat. he had a school in Hollywood ca. then in 1959 he started writing martial arts training books, with to goal of introducing martial arts and self-defense to the general public, not just the few who wanted to make m/a their life. if you read the judo/karate and self-defense books, you'll see that what was written is still valid to this day, the aikido and kung fu books used his name but the work that was shown was done by individuals with rank in those arts.

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                      #11
                      Bob, thanks for posting. We'd love to hear more about your experiences with Mr. Tegner.

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                        #12
                        justme: I really can't answer that as i started with Bruce in 1959 and didn't get deep in to martial arts till late 1960. by that time Gene Labell was teaching judo at his own school in the Hollywood area, i do know that Bruce and Gene knew each other, but they were both in to their own things by this time. Bruce retired from judo competition in about 1947, and Gene did not start till a few years later, as he won the national judo championship in 1954 and 1955, before being declared a professional. to the best of my knowldge Bruce got along with and was friends with most of the martial artest of this era.

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                          #13
                          Wasnt Bruce training wrestling under Gene as well?
                          Ghost of Charles Dickens

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                            #14
                            One thing for sure if Bruce actually lived long enough Jeet Kun Do mixed with judo and wrestling would have made it a very complete system. Dan Inosantos already added the escrima portion to the art.
                            Ghost of Charles Dickens

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                              #15
                              My dad has one of his old books, "Judo for Law Officers" or something like that. He said he used to use that stuff when he worked as a PI, and the restraining holds in there work really well for me. Teaches some rudimentary striking too. Pretty solid stuff, from what I could gather.
                              sudo make me a sandwich!

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