Are you quoting from some document or are these your words?
Originally Posted by Chris Guardian
Who would be able to provide first hand testimony as to his conduct regarding the offering/sale of high yudansha rank?
Porter's judo skills are legit, as far as I know, but he was on the "losing" side of a debate with the rest of the USJA about how money should be spent. I think it was a question more of replacing him with someone more money-savy then anything else, as I don't believe any sort of criminal charges were ever levied at him.
To the best of my understanding, which is various judo gossip things, there is no doubt that Sensei Porter is an extremely talented judoka. As I recall (again, judo gossip), at some point it was felt that the main judo governing body was holding rank back from deserving Americans (arguably true), and this was remedied by the formation of another judo governing body, which then perhaps went a bit overboard, leading to charges of rank inflation. (I mean Yamashita is what, a fifth dan?)
While there is no doubt that Sensei Porter is a very talented Judoka, there is some argument over the propriety of his granting of the rank of 10th dan to himself.
He is selling rank.
Originally Posted by MaverickZ
I know people that went from judo ikkyu to judo rokudan with him within very few years. Something that would take decades or olympic wins using propper channels.
This is the state he left his judo org in before he started USMAA:
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
To: All USJA Supporters:
...We are aware that you may have little confidence in us or our Organization at this moment, but the United States Judo Association is standing at the very edge of complete financial collapse.
We have perhaps two months of operating funds left. We have implemented staff reductions and are in the process of selling the USJA buildings. Until sold however, the mortgage payments are killing us, as is the debt load and the associated interest payments that we have incurred from legal entanglements.
Our revenues are flat or declining. This tells us that you, our members have voted with your pocketbooks and do not believe that we can provide the service that you want....
No investigation is necessary. Go to judoforum.com and read the threads.
Mr.Porter was at one time at the head of the table in martial arts circles. His credentials were outstanding and he was a dedicated master to masters. Something must have happened in the mid 1990's and he literaly turned to the dark side. He must have become cynical, perhaps he had given so much he now wanted monetary return. His current organization is considered a front for a diploma mill. You send the money they sent the rank. It's a pathetic way to be remembered for an individual that was once a role model to thousands.
He did a seminar at my school a long while back. He seems like a nice guy and is a good martial artist. It just seems like he sells diplomas. He offered my instructor a black belt in jui jitsu and a black belt in judo when only spending a few hours at my schools and rolling with my instructor a bit. nice gesture to my instructor, who turned it down, but a bit odd. i think his original intentions were well meant, but turned into something else.
The USMAA is a DISCRACE and Porter, despite his Judo knowledge, is a crazy old man. Associating with the USMAA only hurts a school's rep.
While I don't know anything about this guy, remember that someone who is talented or downright awesome at MA can still be Bullshido. If Chuck Lidell sold BB in MMA we would all consider him Bullshido even though he could kick all our asses.
Originally Posted by Chris Guardian
Porter-sensei is fucking awesome. Great Judo-ka, been doing it for 60+ years. If you have a chance to take a seminar with him well worth it.
His org is McDojo-ish, but My JJJ instuctor who trained under him many years ago and still take seminars from him has nothing but good things to say.
Judo skill are very legit.
Edit: Despite that I wouldn't take USMA org rank as legit.
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Alot of the guys in this org are in the "Sokeship Council", thats a statement in itself. Looking at the ranks, a "5th degree " in boxing jumps out. How would you rank boxers? There is also one "Tae Kwon Dance Style" , that seems interesting. Also, the web page layout is a very similar to the Dr. Braff, Dr. Hufford (Dragon Fire Martial Arts) and Bantu org web pages. These guys just move around.