Valley Women: Carol Tegner – Teen Judo Instructor

Photograph caption dated July 17, 1956 reads, "Carol Tegner, 19 and 5 foot 4, demonstrates elementary judo defense hold with James Widenot, another judo instructor. Carol has been teaching since she was 9. She's also expert skater, swimmer, tennis player and dancer."

Photograph caption dated July 17, 1956 reads, “Carol Tegner, 19 and 5 foot 4, demonstrates elementary judo defense hold with James Widenot, another judo instructor. Carol has been teaching since she was 9. She’s also expert skater, swimmer, tennis player and dancer.”

Photograph caption dated July 17, 1956 reads, "Up and over-Carol Tegner flips student Allen Smith, 18, of Pacoima, in spectacular over-the-shoulder throw in demonstration for students at school she operates with her brother Bruce. Their parents, too, are judo teachers."

Photograph caption dated July 17, 1956 reads, “Up and over-Carol Tegner flips student Allen Smith, 18, of Pacoima, in spectacular over-the-shoulder throw in demonstration for students at school she operates with her brother Bruce. Their parents, too, are judo teachers.”

Photograph caption dated July 17, 1956 reads, "Size doesn't matter - 'Bigger they are, the harder they fall,' says Carol Tegner as she blocks club swung by George Cruse, of Northridge during Valley judo class."

Photograph caption dated July 17, 1956 reads, “Size doesn’t matter – ‘Bigger they are, the harder they fall,’ says Carol Tegner as she blocks club swung by George Cruse, of Northridge during Valley judo class.”

One thought on “Valley Women: Carol Tegner – Teen Judo Instructor

  1. Vin

    Wow, she was very much ahead of her time, especially in a time when there were very few women in martial arts. Sounds like she was also one of the earliest Judo prodigies, flipping men around like a sack of potatos must have been quite jaw dropping to onlookers of the 1950s. Respect.

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