Martial Arts Family Helps Conduct Karate Tourney

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Anyone who registers for karate classes with the Porters is

bound to get a kick out of it.

Larry and Bryan Porter, a father and son team, teach

traditional karate at the United House of Karate off Foster

Drive on the Southside. Father Larry has been teaching since

1965. Bryan, 37, the reigning U.S. Open black-belt champion in

the middleweight division, is continuing the family legacy. The

Porters' school is helping to sponsor the Florida-Georgia Open

Karate Championships at Craig field on Nov. 8.

Bryan Porter, who has been involved in the sport since he was 5

years old, said his students, ages 5 to 50, get into the sport

for many reasons. Some compete to stay in shape; others want to

learn self-defense. Porter said kids who get involved learn more

than just the physical aspects.

"It builds self-esteem, confidence and promotes better grades

in school," Porter said. "Our students do well in school."

The cost of the tournament is $35 to $40, depending on number

of events entered. Porter stresses that someone cannot compete

in the event without prior karate experience. And he encourages

people to come out and see what the sport is about before

joining classes. …