A Personal Welcome from Sensei Porta
I would like to take this opportunity to personally
welcome you to our website. We are excited to be
providing the online community with information about
traditional Okinawan Goju - Ryu Karate - Do and
Okinawan Kobudo. In addition, you will find we also
have many items of interest to any traditional martial
artist. Please browse through our pages at your leisure
and let us know if you have any questions or comments. ~ Sensei John Porta
Porta Sensei began his training in the martial arts in 1954. From 1959 to 1966 he served as martial arts and weapons instructor for the United States Treasury Department. In 1966 Porta Sensei founded Porta's Karate-Do & Kobudo Academy. Sensei Porta received a Bachelor's Degree in Bible Philosophy in 1974, a Ministerial Studies degree from Berean University, Springfield, Missouri, in 1996 and an Honorary Doctorate degree in 2000.
Over the years Porta Sensei has made numerous trips to Okinawa and has traveled throughout Japan. On several occasions Porta Sensei was responsible for organizing and leading demonstration groups, including delegations for Japanese National Television, the 30th anniversary of the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Goju-Kai, the 30th anniversary of the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Shobukan Organization, and the Okinawan Uchinanchu Festivals.
In 1990, Porta Sensei was awarded the 7th dan black belt and the title "Kyoshi" by Sensei Masanobu Shinjo. At the same time he was appointed the United States Representative for the Okinawa Goju-Ryu Shobukan Organization. In 1994, Sensei Porta's responsibilities were expanded significantly when he was appointed the International Representative for the Shobukan Organization. Porta Sensei is the senior American student of the late Master Masanobu Shinjo. In 1998, Sensei Porta was awarded the teaching grade of "Kyoshi" by the Okinawa-Ken Karate-Do Rengo-Kai.The certification was awarded by: Norimasa Taba, organization Chairman, Meitoku Yagi, Naha-Te and Moriyoshi Itosu, Uechi-Ryu.
Porta Sensei received the rank of 9th degree black belt with teaching grade of Hanshi awarded by the Okinawa Goju-Kai and Okinawa Goju-Ryu Shobukan Association, Okinawa, Japan, Masashi Shinjo Kancho on June 30, 2006.
In addition to his role in the karate world, Porta Sensei also holds a 6th degree black belt and the title of "Renshi" in the Zen Okinawa Kobudo Renmei (All Okinawa Kobudo Federation, for which he is also a Branch Representative).