The King's Bodyguard (paperback)
A Martial Arts Legend Meets the King of Rock ‘n Roll
Dave Hebler, a surviving member of the Memphis Mafia, was Elvis’ Kenpo Karate instructor and personal bodyguard on tour, on the road and at home from 1972–1976. This book illustrates how Elvis used many moves he learned from Hebler on stage to drive fans wild. It also contains new information about how martial arts informed Elvis Presley’s life.
“Dave Hebler’s The King’s Bodyguard will serve as an inspiration to many martial arts fans and aspiring fighters for his tenacity and loyalty, and as a standup Kenpo Karate pioneer. He earned the right to defend the King of Rock ‘n Roll.”
- Donnie Williams, Bishop and Co-Founder of the BFK (Black Karate Federation) Grand Master 10th degree Kenpo, martial arts Hall of Fame member, actor - “Enter The Dragon”, “A Force Of One.”
“Elvis could not have made a better choice of people to guard him against harm. Dave Hebler lives by the code of the Bushido, the ancient Japanese set of ethics for samurai warriors, although our Art doesn’t require it. He’s as loyal as a Pitbull and twice as fierce under fire. The King was always in good hands when Dave Hebler was on the job.”
- Chuck Sullivan, Filmmaker, Author, and a Grandmaster 10th Degree Black Belt and longest documented practitioner of Kenpo Karate in the United States
“Dave Hebler’s The King’s Bodyguard brings me all the way back to the golden days of martial arts and Kenpo karate. Dave’s account is authentic and stirring.”
- Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Actor and Pioneer Martial Artist, World Middleweight Kickboxing Champion and Professional Karate Association World full-contact Karate Champion
DAVE HEBLER is the author of The Elvis Experience (2018) and three other books: Solutions, Making it out Alive, and How to Survive Encounters of the Worst Kind. He is also co-author of Elvis What Happened? He lives in Wichita Falls, Texas.