[QUOTE= He's supposed to be one of only 2 judans in Judo in the world.
I am afraid O sensei (He is not frigging Irish!!) may have awarded himself that Judan. His USMA is known to be, shall we say, keen to give people rank. I have received several invites to be nominated as a Hall of Fame member, as long as I shell out a cool $500. All from being on the same e-mail list......
IJF promoted Anton Geesink and Charles Palmer to Judan a few years ago, and I think Geesink might be the only living Judan (officially recognized from IJF or Kodokan). However, I would be happy to be corrected.
However dodgy Porters ranking may be, I have only heard good things about his skill, and would take the opportunity to train with him if I could.