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Bruce Tegner's Complete book of jujitsu Hardcover – 1977


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Bruce Tegner was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1929. Both of his parents were professional teachers of judo and jujitsu; they began his formal instruction in the martial arts when Bruce was two years old!

In a field where most individuals concentrate on a narrow specialty, Bruce Tegner's experience was unusual. His education covered many aspects of weaponless fighting of many styles, as well as sword and stick techniques. At the age of 21, after becoming the 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, Mr. Tegner trained instructors to teach unarmed combat; he taught military police tactics; he coached sport judo teams. Later, he trained actors and devised choreographed fight scenes for movies and television. From 1952-1957 he operated his own school in Hollywood, California. There, he taught men, women, and children of very different abilities. Some students were naturally gifted in the martial arts, while others were blind and disabled. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Thor Pub. Co; 1st edition (1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874075165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874075168
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,914,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Randy D. Strausbaugh on May 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
Yeah, yeah... I know. It's sort of like claiming to be the best winemaker in Idaho. Still, just about everyone who reads martial arts books has read Tegner, and this is one of his best. It's probably significant that he doesn't appear in the book. The book is, however, rather inexpensive, and does show jujutsu techniques which will work okay (if you can manage to apply them). Tegner was making a fair case for the utility of jujutsu way back when it wasn't fashionable. After all, back then, jujutsu was "old hat" and was often thought of as just another name for judo. So all in all, this book is alright for beginners who want to decide which martial art to pursue. It will give them a slight taste of what stand-up jujutsu looks like. If they wish to delve any deeper, they must look elsewhere.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bruce A Laue on September 19, 2000
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This book features many, many techniques, but it is not intended for the beginner. You won't find much instruction, mostly composed of one series of photo's depicting one technique after another. For the experienced Judoka/Ju-Jitsuka, this book deserves a 4-star rating; for beginners, or those interested in learning more about the art of Ju-Jitsu, this book ranks a 1-star rating. This is NOT a how-to book, nor does it contain discussions of ethics, legal consequences of your actions, nor does it discuss the history of the art much. If you have a few years of Judo/Ju-Jitsu training behind you, this book will be VERY useful in expanding your repertoire. With 10 years experience in Judo and Ju-Jitsu, I find Tegner's books helpful, but sometimes difficult because of his editorial comments. Most of his books are better suited to experienced martial artists, so choose carefully.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Ramos VINE VOICE on June 17, 2000
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I bought this book in 1977, it is still valid today. It is a very good book for beginners. Many of the new books just show the same techniques as are shown here.All techniques have a series of photos, so they are easy to follow. And the all work. i have taught and used them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Little on July 25, 2003
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I recommend this book for anyone who just wants to find out how to perform a specific technique, and doesn't want to read a long example, or anyone who just wants to brush up on his or her Jiu-Jitsu. I find that I can lookup what I need in just a mater of seconds, without having to read a long example that is not related to the, specific grip, hold, technique etc. that I want to learn.
I'd recommend this book for teaching purposes, as well as learning on your own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1998
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I just bought this book and have had an opportunity to put it through its paces. I've found the text to be very readable and instructive. Unlike many martial arts "Manuals" this one doesn't try to shroud the techniques in mystery, or pretend that you can become a black belt just by reading the book. Instead, it presents the material in an easy to read format that accurately describes the action in the photographs. A word of caution though, it reads a bit like a text book and the smallish black and white photos sometimes make it hard to see exactly what's going on. Overall, it is an excellent introduction to the art of ju jitsu for those who would like to either explore the martial arts, or experienced stylists who wish to expand their knowledge.
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I know a lot of traditional martial artists hate the late Bruce Tegner, but many of his books provided an excellent introduction for new students without the mystical mumbo jumbo found in other books. In my opinion, this is one of his better books because it includes a fantastic introduction to the art of Jujitsu. I would not say you can learn the techniques from merely reading this book, but when used in combination with training under a competent Jujitsu instructor, it can serve as a good basic guide.

Unlike many other Jujitsu books which focuses on one particular system, this volume shows a wide variety of pure Jujitsu techniques taken from numerous Budo systems.

Rating: 5 Stars Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Bushi Satori Ryu Official Jujitsu Manual).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jujitsu enthusiest on May 12, 2010
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Bruce Tegner's Complete Book of Jujitsu is among the greatest of instructional books on the art of Jujitsu. Mr. Tegner is excellent at explaining the techniques, and it is well illustrated with accompanying photos of the techniques. There are a few minor errors in the text, such as mentioning a technique using the right hand when the photo illustration shows the left hand being used, or saying a particular action should be done counterclockwise when actually clockwise is meant. Other than such minor flaws the book is excellent and I would recommend it to anyone interested in beginning in the practice of Jujitsu.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1998
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I like Tegner. Unlike the comments of a previous reviewer i find Tegner is grounded in reality. He gives you the facts about movies/TV and how what is shown is vastly different than real life. He explains how to do things in a practical way, and how a lifetime of study is not required. Tegner was a pioneer, long before Bruce Lee asked people to question tradition, Tegner was already giving the answers. The introduction in his book "Complete Book of Self-Defense" is pure gold. It contains solid information that puts self-defense into it's proper perspective.
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