Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bruce Tegner would've been 85 years old today!!

Happy Birthday Bruce Tegner!!

One of America's early martial artists who was a 'mixed martial artist'! His books were inspiration to many American martial artists to take up the Martial Way. He would've been 85 today!

Happy 85th Birthday Bruce Tegner!!

Birth: Oct. 29, 1929
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Aug. 28, 1985
Ventura County
California, USA

Bruce Tegner was a lifelong martial artist and prolific writer of martial arts books, numbering some 25 books in print. Tegner's parents were themselves professional adherents of judo and jujutsu. At age 2, Tegner began his martial arts training under his parents, a curriculum that would last his lifetime. Over his lifetime, Bruce Tegner studied judo, jujutsu, aikido, karate, Japanese sword and stick fighting, Savate (French foot and fist fighting), tai chi, and other Chinese kung fu forms.

Bruce Tegner recounted in his books that he originally trained in the highly traditional and stylized Asian regimen of martial arts training. But as an adult he became concerned that much of the stylization and formality had no place in modern application. There was the prevalent belief that it took a lifetime of rigorous training to become a proficient martial artist. More, a martial arts adherent was expected to athletically proficient. Tegner acknowledged that these long-held beliefs arose from ancient history where warriors did indeed practice their occupation for a lifetime and in doing so remained athletically capable, because they had to. But in modern civilization, man did not need to be a full time warrior, nor could he afford to be unless he or she were in a military occupation. Yet, modern man needed some means of practical self-defense because the physical threats to life and safety remained out there.

Bruce Tegner set out to prove that modern practical self-defense was feasible and did not require many years of rigorous physical regimen nor did an ordinary citizen have to be an athlete in order to defend himself. Yet Tegner remained consistent with his martial arts roots as many of his books are introductions to the traditional martial arts. Bruce Tegner integrated self-defense techniques of judo, jujutsu, and karate into a practical self-defense instructional program he termed, 'jukado'. He did not require physical fitness prowess although he strongly encouraged physical fitness for health reasons and for the obvious that it improved one's training and chances in self-defense. Bruce Tegner led an active martial arts career. He instructed U.S. military instructors; devised law enforcement self-defense courses; created fight scenes for film studios, and for a time, operated his own martial arts dojo in Hollywood, California between 1952 and 1967. Bruce Tegner would later personally instruct several notable Hollywood actors who found the instruction useful in their acting careers.

Like his contemporary, the late Bruce Lee (d. 1973), Bruce Tegner encountered criticism and opposition to his ideas of minimizing highly traditional and stylized elements of martial arts thought to be superfluous or redundant in the search for a practical, more versatile form of modern self-defense. Tegner and Lee were not iconoclasts as many critics accused. They preferred to think of themselves as modern martial artists who hoped to modernize the empty hand martial arts. There was no minimization of the traditional honorable dojo ettiquette that respected the dignity and safety of fellow dojo students. In recent years the concept of modernized, empty hand, self-defense martial arts has become more accepted and received greater study in the U.S. and abroad. But Bruce Tegner would not receive the pioneering credit he was due. After his death in 1985, Bruce Tegner was largely and quietly forgotten. His books on traditional martial arts and modern self-defense are out of print, but remain available for purchase on the Internet from typically individual book owners.

In the mid-1970s, Bruce Tegner taught judo at Moorpark College and Ventura College, both in Southern California. Bruce Tegner served as judo instructor for the Self-Defense program in the Criminology Department at Moorpark College. Bruce Tegner married Alice Greenfield McGrath, of Calgary; Alberta, Canada, a prominent political activist, on April 5, 1977 and remained married to her till his death in 1985. She passed away on November 27, 2009, in Ventura, California.

CAUSE OF DEATH: Heart Attack

Family links:
Spouse: Alice Greenfield McGrath (1917 - 2009)

Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: Ashes scattered at sea near Ventura Harbor

Created by: Jeff Young
Record added: Feb 14, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48116464

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Sincerest gratitude to my friend "The Stewed Owl" for some of the video links from this thread:

Mom demo'ing with Bruce

Ricky Nelson practicing Karate with Bruce Tegner on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (Season 9, Episode 27 - 29 Mar. 1961) in the episode, "The Manly Arts"

I don't know if this was him... can't tell because it's fast as well as the video being unclear ... Julie Newmar's The Marriage-go_round (1961) - according to IMDB, he was uncredited as "Judo Man" on an episode.

Can you spot Bruce Tegner in this GIF of a scene in James Coburn's Our Man Flint?

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Green Hornet episode 08 - Beautiful Dreamer (Part 2) (28 Oct 1966)

48 years ago on this date of Oct 28 in the year 1966, the 8th episode of the new TV series, The Green Hornet, aired.

Posted this episode to mirror the airdate from 48 years ago. If you didn't watch Part 1, kindly find it here:


Green Hornet episode 08 - Beautiful Dreamer (Part 2) (28 Oct 1966)

After Eden tried to have Britt killed by brainwashing Casey, Britt as the Green Hornet goes to Eden and tells him that he knows what he's doing and that he wants in. Eden tells him where his next job is. But instead he brainwashes Vanessa and sends her to see him and places some explosive in her purse.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Happy 66th Birthday Coach Dan Gable!!

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Today marks the 66th birthday of one of the most famous coaches/wrestlers, Dan Gable, in history. Just in case you don't know of him, a list of his major accomplishments is in order:

  • Wrestled for 3 years at Iowa State University and won 2 NCAA titles while compiling a 181-1 record. His only defeat was his last match.
  • Won the Gold Medal at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, in the Lightweight Division of Wrestling. Get this:  he did not give up a single point against World-class Olympic-caliber athletes!
  • During his 21 years tenure as head coach at the University of Iowa, he won 16 NCAA team titles between 1976 and 1997.

Posting a documentary in honor of Coach Gable. Enjoy!!

Happy 66th Birthday Coach Gable!! 

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

GIFs of Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse from Marvel Agents of SHIELD S02E05 (Baton in TV)

This past Tuesday night, October 21st, the TV series, Marvel Agents of SHIELD featured some baton usage in their fifth episode of season two. I'm just a GIF-making geek! One of my Projects is to make animated GIFs of batons in use from Movies and TV. Imagine my delight as I watched the episode.

Adrianne Palicki as Agent Bobbi Morse made her first appearance on the series. In the comics, Bobbi Morse is also known as "Mockingbird" and is the wife of Clint Barton aka "Hawkeye". Looking forward to more scenes of Palicki using the batons!

Below this GIF set, there are links to previous animated GIFs I've made of Batons in Movies and TV in case you missed them.


Here is a GIF of the above 5 GIFs all-in-one:

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THIS DATE IN HISTORY: 63 yrs ago today, Gracie vs. Kimura - October 23, 1951 (Maracanã Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)

63 years ago today on October 23, 1951, Helio Gracie faced Masahiko Kimura who outweighed him by nearly 80 lbs. The match took place in the Maracanã Stadium at Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. It was the first time that a jiu-jitsu world championship match would be held outside of Japan. Kimura was so confident of victory that he declared that if Helio could last for more than 3 minutes, he should be declared the winner. After 13 minutes, Kimura caught Helio in the shoulder lock that, today, bears Kimura's name. Helio wouldn't tap, so Carlos Gracie threw in the towel forfeiting the match to the Japanese giant. His loss to Kimura was consider one of the greatest victories of Helio Gracie's career.

Enjoy this historic match! 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Green Hornet episode 07 - Beautiful Dreamer (Part 1) (21 Oct 1966)

48 years ago on this date of Oct 21 in the year 1966, the seventh episode of the new TV series, The Green Hornet, aired.

Posted this episode to mirror the airdate from 48 years ago.


Green Hornet E7 Beautiful Dreamer (Part 1) (21 Oct 1966)

A wave of thefts by prominent citizens, & a car explosion which kills a psychology professor baffle police. The citizens claim to remember nothing of their heists. But The Green Hornet discovers an armored car rammed the professor's auto, and a tipster steers him to the Vale of Eden, an upscale spa. As Britt, he tours the health club, becoming suspicious that the rejuvenation method includes individualized relaxation audiotapes, and the clientèle includes some of the thieves.

You can find Part 2 here:

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Alexander Fu Sheng - "Heroes Two" Animated GIFs

Alexander Fu Sheng's birthday was yesterday. I posted about it here:

Today, a followup, a set of GIFs of him in Heroes Two.

Enjoy the GIFs!

Other entries on Alexander Fu Sheng:

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生日快樂郭追!! Happy 63rd Birthday Philip Kwok!!


Happy 63rd Birthday Philip Kwok!!

What did you say? You don't know who Philip Kwok is? Perhaps you recognize his name as "Kuo Chui"? Wait? What?! You still don't know him?!!?!?!? OK, how about "The Lizard"? Yeah, knew you know him!

I didn't like the previous set of GIFs I've made of The Lizard, so I made a new set in honor of his birthday today.

Enjoy this new GIF set!

The Intro Head-shot!

The Lizard showing his particular specialty!

This next GIF is a combo of the second through sixth GIFs


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