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David Thommen

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Rank: Graduate 5

David was born in Oregon City, Oregon and raised in Estacada, Oregon. David has become a respected Theology and Greek professor and was promoted to Assistant Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Western Seminary. Dave has served in this role for three years and is continuing his own theological education in pursuit of a doctorate degree himself. Dave is also the Senior Pastor at New Life Robinwood Church in West Linn.

Dave’s martial arts journey has led him to train in a variety of martial arts since he was 18, including Shito-ryu Karate, Wu Ying Tao, and Aikido. Dave was drawn to Krav Maga because of its fitness aspects and its real world applications. Dave has trained in Krav Maga for four years in dedicated many hours on the mats to earning the rank Graduate 5 by Master 1 Zeev Cohen.

Dave lives by the quote “Give up or Get Up.” And says it applies to training and to life. You can give up when you are knocked down, but you will never be better or stronger. Or you can get up when knocked down to be better and stronger.

Dave resides in the Oregon City area with his wife and has a daughter, two sons and one grand-daughter.

Give up or Get Up.

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