Newspaper article The Florida Times Union
Martial Arts Family Helps Conduct Karate Tourney
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. …