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David Ippen

David Ippen was born and raised in Germany. He studied Philosophy in Munich, Germany and is a licensed Physiotherapist. He has been studying traditional Taekwon-Do since 1990 and currently holds the rank of 5th Dan. He has been teaching Taekwon-Do since 1995. In February 2009, he opened the Traditional Taekwon-Do Center Honolulu. His Dojang (school) focuses exclusively on teaching traditional Taekwon-Do. 

In addition to his martial arts training, David Ippen studied Kahuna Bodywork under Kahuna Abraham Kawai’i and Ho’okahi Ho’oulu. This style of bodywork and its principles are based on Hawaiian martial arts. He has extensive training in the recognition of and balancing of energies in people, land, building structures, and generating Mana.

The Art of Self

He is also the author of the book the Art of Self which describes the philosophy of Traditional Taekwon-Do.
The Art of Self is currently available in both English and German on

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