The Art of Self

An Interpretation of Traditional Taekwon-Do

David Ippen

The Art of Self

David Ippen

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

128 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/4 | © 2014
Paper $13.00 ISBN: 9783777423920 Published February 2015 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA only
Taekwon-do is a well-trod path to self-improvement, an “art of self." The philosophy of taekwon-do is simple yet profoundly powerful: To cultivate a strong body and sound ethical and moral character in each practitioner is to contribute to a more peaceful world. If you practice, you will develop increased physical fitness, but you will also discover new stores of mental and spiritual strength.

David Ippen is a fifth-degree black belt and a Grandmaster in taekwon-do. He has taught traditional taekwon-do since 1995 and opened a dojang, the Traditional Taekwon-Do Center in Honolulu, in 2009. The Art of Self is the culmination of almost twenty years of intense study and practice, offering Ippen’s interpretation of the traditional taekwon-do philosophy. Elucidating the aspects of a taekwon-do practice, Ippen guides practitioners and non-practitioners alike through an accessible process for incorporating the moral and philosophical precepts of taekwon-do to achieve an empowered and harmonious state of mind.
1. What is Taekwon-Do?

2. The Three Parts of Traditional Taekwon-Do
2.1 Hyeong
2.2 Taeryon
2.3 Breaking (Kyek Pa)

3. Training Taekwon-Do
3.1 Technique
3.2 Stretching
3.3 Conditioning
3.4 Mental Conditioning

4. Teaching

5. Moral Culture
5.1 Courtesy (Ye Ui)
5.2 Integrity (Yom Chi)
5.3 Perseverance (In Nae)
5.4 Self-Control (Guk Gi)
5.5 Indomitable Spirit (Baekjul Boolgool)

6. Spiritual Aspects


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