In 1967, Larry Carnahan began training in Korean Tae Kwon Do in Ft. Worth, Texas. In July of 1970 he was promoted to black belt in the Grand Master Jhoon Rhee's style of Tae Kwon Do and he began teaching that same year.
He taught for two years in Fort Worth, Texas, and then he moved to the headquarters of the Jhoon Rhee Institutes located in Washington D.C. During his five years in Washington D. C., he earned the Jhoon Rhee "Top Instructor Award" and the "School of Champions Award."
In 1977, Mr. Carnahan joined with Mr. John Worley in Minnesota and the two continued Worley's work in forming the current National Karate School organization.
Mr. Carnahan was an active sport karate competitor, and he was voted "Black Belt Rookie of the Year" by the Southwest Karate Association and chosen as a member of the Texas Black Belt Competition Team in 1970.
Mr. Carnahan was honored as one of the "Top Ten" black belts in the nation by Karate Illustrated Magazine in 1975 after capturing top lightweight honors in such highly rated national tournaments as the "Battle of Atlanta" in Atlanta, Georgia; the "United States Karate Championships" in Dallas, Texas; and the "U.S. Open" in Maryland.
Mr. Carnahan become involved in kickboxing in 1975 and he was rated in the top ten lightweights in the world from 1976 to 1982 by the "Professional Karate Association".
In 1990 Mr. Carnahan was elected President of the North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) and still holds the office today. NASKA is the world's largest sport karate sanctioning body.
As a director of JLB Productions, Inc., Mr. Carnahan has helped build the "Diamond National Karate Championships" into the number one tournament in North America.
Mr. Carnahan, his wife Elaine and their three children make their home in Shoreview, Minnesota.