1973 1st World Taekwondo Championship Silver Medalists - USA
Mr. Absher began his martial arts study in 1960. His initial training was
in Kempo Karate under
Sensei Joseph Gorecki in Albuquerque New Mexico. Mr. Absher attended the
of Engineers School in Ft. Belvoir, VA where he began the study of Judo.
transfer to Europe with the US Army provided Mr. Absher the opportunity to
and Tae Kwon Do, receiving his 1st Degree Black Belt from the Tae Won Do
Seoul Korea, 1964. The following year he opened his first Karate school in
New Mexico. Today this organization has twenty-seven clubs located primarily
western United States and representatives in fourteen countries.
Between 1960 and 1974 Mr. Absher maintained an active competitive Martial
career, participated as a judge, and organized Martial Arts competitions.
Mr. Absher's competitive career he won state, regional and national
culminating in 1973 when he was named Captain of the United States team to
First World Tae Kwon Do Championships in Seoul, Korea. (See above photo)
Additional background info is available at
TAEKWONDO HALL OF FAME.
Fred Absher attributes much of his success as a competitor to his former
Kim Soo whom he says....
"No aspect of Tae Kwon Do experience would have been possible without
In 1975 Mr. Absher was named Chief Instructor for the International Kojosho
Federation. He has been the State Director for AAU Karate and the New
Karate Association, President of the New Mexico Karate Black Belt
and is currently the Regional Director for the United States Karate Alliance.
has developed curriculum for and instructed at St. Johns College, The University
New Mexico and New Mexico State University. He has authored and co-authored
several books and articles about the Martial Arts and the Kojosho System.
Mr. Absher's Kyu Dan, 9th Degree Black Belt, is certified by the Zen Bei
Hanshi Richard Kim and the United States Karate Alliance Hanshi James
He also holds a 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo which was awarded to him
Master Kim Chong Soo in August of 1973.
Mr. Absher may be contacted
by letter at:
PO Box 688
Tijeras, New Mexico 87059
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