last updated 20 vii 2016
photo source: http://wwmaa.org/phil-porter/
Philip S. Porter began his Martial Arts career as a boxer in 1943 at age 18. He was later a member of the West Point Boxing Team; and in 1950, Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the Western Area of the Air Training Command, USAF. Porter graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1948, and served in the U.S. Army and Air Force for 25 years, retiring as a major in 1967. He started Judo, JuJitsu, and Karate training in 1951 while serving on a Strategic Air Command (SAC) combat crew at Travis Air Force Base, California.
Porter started competing in Judo in 1951, and had a competitive career spanning over 50 years. He was US Air Force USAFE champion in 1957, won a Bronze Medal in the US Senior Nationals in 1963, won the US National Masters Championship four times (1975,1977, 1980 and 1981), and won two gold and a silver medal in the 1998 World Masterathlete Games in Ottawa, Canada in 1998.
Porter served three years as National Chairman of the AAU Judo Committee
He coached the National Judo Team at the NJI (1984-1992).