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Bruce Tegner's Complete Book of Self-defense [Paperback]

Bruce Tegner
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  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Thor Publishing Company; Completely New Ed edition (Jun 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874070309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874070309
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,258,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Explains and illustrates in step-by-step photographs all the self-defense movements used in the Oriental fighting arts.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good solid introduction to self defense 15 April 1999
By A Customer
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I bought this book when it was first published as a teen also studying shotokan karate.I have to admit that I find the methods in this book to be more practical than the karate I took.I don't agree with everything Tegner wrote, but if you are looking to learn practical self defense without spending years in a martial arts class, then this book could really help you.I would recommend that you also read Rex Applegate, Fairbairn or Brad Steiner to add some real dirty methods to your overall training.But overall, a good book as a foundation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great primer for self-taught self-defense 20 Sep 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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In response to the review that had an agenda to discourage people from picking up a book to learn the basics of self-defense...I'd just like to say that one of my best friends was attacked one day while walking from the grocery store by three of his enemies from school (how they became his enemies is another story) and one of these individuals was armed with a switch-blade and used it without reserve in his attack. My buddy not only escaped with his life but inflicted injuries on all three of the assaliants leaving them more hurt than he was. Afterwards the police were informed but the assailants were never caught. Nonetheless my friend attributes his successful defense to what he taught himself from books which included Bruce Lee's Fighting Method and one of Bruce Tegner's guides (I believe it was Bruce Tegner's Kung Fu and Tai Chi).
So while I understand why many people like to think they're giving good advice when they express platitudes such as "you must not learn defense from a book!", they're not speaking from the truth but rather, in my opinion, from a very deep denial that SOME ONE ELSE can actually spend less money and time teaching themselves something that took them (the ones spending years in a martial arts class) years and expenses to obtain. Now, I am not knocking martial arts classes. I've simply been shown that they are by no means the only way of learning defense.
Bruce Tegner's Complete Book of Self-Defense is a rather impressive guide. The text is just as enlightening as the photos...Tegner has a very distinct way of writing that you can tell comes from the heart. He details an accesible and intelligent method for self-defense which is very inspiring. Tegner himself suggests studying his methods with a partner. Unfortunately he does not express his view on someone using the concept of an imaginary opponent in case they do not have a partner to practice with.
The only reason I do not give it 5 stars instead of 4 is because he left out many useful things that have appeared in one of his pervious books, Defense Tactics for Law Enforcement. In that book he covers many areas that should have been listed in this book such as how to disarm someone with a gun as well as a more detailed account on how to deal with multiple assaliants (in this book he gives some vague advice which is very good, but lacking).
All in all, I would read this along with Defense Tactics for Law Enfrocement. That book fills in the gaps left out by this one.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Companion to Combat Hapkido class 9 Nov 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Learning Martial Arts requires a good teacher and fellow students to practice with. Especially so, in martial arts like Aikido, Jujitsu, Hapkido etc. where trapping, grappling and throws are involved.
While no book can replace a teacher and participation in a class, this book is an excellent companion if you are taking any of the afore-mentioned martial arts classes.
This book does not provide you with lessons in history and philosophy of jujitsu. If that's what you are looking for try other books.
This one gives you the stuff you need to know and use - plain and simple.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good solid introduction to self defense 15 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book when it was first published as a teen also studying shotokan karate.I have to admit that I find the methods in this book to be more practical than the karate I took.I don't agree with everything Tegner wrote, but if you are looking to learn practical self defense without spending years in a martial arts class, then this book could really help you.I would recommend that you also read Rex Applegate, Fairbairn or Brad Steiner to add some real dirty methods to your overall training.But overall, a good book as a foundation.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Purists hate this author, but he writes for a non-expert population 2 Nov 2008
By Joseph C. McDaniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This guy is a seminal martial arts teacher.

I have purist martial arts expert buddies who sneer at him because his technique isn't the same as the technique taught in their styles. Or because he doesn't teach obviously vicious and death-dealing techniques.

Well, too bad!

What they don't understand is that Tegner was writing to a civilian population in a relatively safe, law abiding world, where most guys were going to deal, at worst, with some bullying and a challenge to "take it outside". He was not, in this book, preparing guys to be commandos or inner-city cops.

Tegner knew that most of the people who read his books were not going to spend ten or twenty years in a dojo learning techniques that had only some application to the real world.

Tegner was a serious judo guy. He'd studied all his life. And judo guys aren't sissies; they call it the gentle way, but when a judo guy hits you with the biggest weapon around (the planet Earth) it doesn't feel very gentle. And you can get seriously hurt in judo if you aren't lucky.

He'd also studied broadly, and had a good knowledge of what techniques were available for hand to hand combat of all sorts.

He made intelligent choices in techniques that laymen without a lot of time or energy to spend on training could practice some and improve their chances of surviving a fight.

If you are a beginner to martial arts and want to read an author who has balanced ease of study, length of practice, and likelihood that the techniques will send you to Sing Sing after the fistfight, this is a perfectly good place to start.

Bear in mind that no book can teach you to fight, and that you'll need to practice with a partner and on a bag. Also bear in mind that the laws of self defense differ from one to another jurisdiction.

In any case, buying all the Tegner books there are and reviewing the sorts of tricks he teaches is a perfectly good way to begin a study of self defense.

And I give this guy five stars partly because of the cost to technique ratio!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Self-Defense Manual 9 Jan 2007
By John Terry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This was one of the first books on self-defense and the martial arts I owned as a child, and being able to find this in print again was exciting. Bruce Tegner remains one of the best authors in the area of self-defense, and this book offers a wealth of information to the reader. Filled with pictures and practical tips, this is an excellent self-study course, or can be used in conjunction with an existing martial arts program.
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