Bruce Tegner

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Bruce Tegner (1929–1985) was an American author and martial artist who practiced judo and jujitsu. Tegner authored several books on self-defense, including Bruce Tegner's Complete Book of Self-Defense Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Savate, Yawara, Aikido, and Ate-Waza. In all, he published some 80 titles in the United States.

Tegner's parents were also martial artists who began teaching Bruce judo and jujutsu at the age of 2. By the age of 21, Bruce had already won California's State title.[citation needed]

In one of his books, the model posing for the techniques was Ricky Nelson, famous singer and co-star of Ozzie and Harriet TV show, who went on to win his black belt under Tegner's instruction. James Coburn was another celebrity pupil, as was George Reeves, who portrayed Superman on the popular television series.[citation needed]

While based in Hollywood in the 1950s and 60's, Tegner also worked behind the scenes as a movie fight choreographer. The spectacular fight scene between actors Frank Sinatra and Henry Silva in the original Manchurian Candidate (1962) was devised by Bruce Tegner.[citation needed]


Bruce Tegner "Bruce Tegner's Complete Book of Jukado Self-Defense : Judo, Karate, Aikido (Jiu Jitsu Modernized), White Belt through Black Belt" (1999 and later reprints)