The Works Of The Late Bruce Tegnér 

The late Bruce Tegnér —— True Pioneer and Master Teacher of Self-Defense.

The late Bruce Tegnér —— True Pioneer and Master Teacher of Self-Defense.

STRICTLY speaking, this isn’t a book review. It is a personal endorsement of a selection of books that were written by Bruce Tegnér.

Tegnér, as we pointed out decades ago in our bibliographic study of books on the combat arts, was a much-maligned and by far under appreciated teacher of practical self-defense.

Critics are dime-a-dozen second-handers —— and all of us who do this professionally have them. Intelligent and honest people rely on their own firsthand personal experience and objective judgment of that which an individual has produced; not on the opinions of second-handers whose motives for criticizing that individual are invariably tied to envy, personal resentment, and a bitterness born of their own failings and their desire to elevate themselves by attacking someone else and his accomplishments. We urge all with common sense who are interested in self-defense: do not rely upon the detractors who have assailed Bruce Tegnér and his works in order to form an opinion of what this man produced! There is great value in what Bruce Tegnér wrote and taught.

Teaching the actress Joan Crawford at his studio in Hollywood, Tegnér — former California State Judo Champion — takes a hard fall.

Teaching the actress Joan Crawford at his studio in Hollywood, Tegnér — former California State Judo Champion — takes a hard fall.

Tegnér wrote many books. Our personal focus has always been on realistic close combat and self-defense, and so we will not address those books which Tegnér wrote that deal with other forms and other approaches to the martial arts.

In our personal opinion the very best work that Bruce Tegnér did, and the very best written works that he produced, dealt with practical self-defense. We strongly recommend the following Tegnér books:

1. The Bruce Tegnér Method of Self-Defense

2. Stick Fighting For Self-Defense

3. Instant Self-Defense

4. Bruce Tegnér’s Complete Book of Self-Defense

5. Jukado

6. Judo and Karate For Law Enforcement Officers

An early edition of one of our highly recommended Bruce Tegnér books on practical self-defense.

An early edition of one of our highly recommended Bruce Tegnér books on practical self-defense.

Tegnér did write other books on self-defense, but we rate the above six as his very best, and we recommend that every person who teaches or trains seriously in personal defense obtain them and study them.

It is not necessary to agree completely with either the techniques or with the philosophy of self-defense that Tegnér presents (we do not), in order to derive much of significant value.

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