Bill Wallace (martial artist)

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Bill Wallace
Bill Wallace, Karate World Champion 2011.jpg
Born William Louis Wallace
(1945-12-01) December 1, 1945 (age 68)
Portland, Indiana, US
Other names Superfoot
Nationality United States American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 166 lb (75 kg; 11.9 st)
Style Shorin-ryu Karate, Kickboxing, Boxing, Judo, Wrestling
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Daytona Beach, Florida
Teacher(s) Michael Gneck
Trainer Jim "Ronin" Harrison
Rank      10th dan black belt Soke
Years active 1974–1980
Kickboxing record
Total 23
Wins 23
By knockout 13
Losses 0
By knockout 0
Draws 0
Website http://superfoot.com

William "Bill" Louis Wallace (born December 1, 1945) is an American martial artist who was a Professional Karate Association world full-contact karate champion. He was the Professional Karate Association (PKA) Middleweight Champion kickboxer for almost six years.

Background[edit]

Wallace was born in Chickasha, Indiana, and trained in wrestling during his high school years.[1] He began his study of Judo in 1966 and was forced to discontinue his Judo related activities because of an injury he suffered to his right knee during practice.[1] He then began to study Shorin-ryu Karate under Michael Gneck[2] in February 1967 while serving in the U.S. Air Force. After entering the point fighting tournament scene and achieving success there, he switched to full-contact kickboxing.

With the coaching help of veteran fighter Jim 'Ronin' Harrison, Wallace won 23 consecutive professional fights between 1974 and 1980,[3] becoming the Professional Karate Association middleweight world full-contact karate champion and retiring undefeated.[2][4] He was known for his fast left leg kicks,[5] especially his roundhouse kick and his hook kick, which was clocked at about 60 mph.[4] He focused on his left leg because of the Judo-related injury to his right knee, using the right leg primarily as a base. He also suffered the loss of one testicle during a point fighting tournament, when his protective cup was struck at an unfortunate angle. He saved the testicle and showed it to football running back legend Jim Brown at the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (which also featured commentating from Wallace).[6][dubious ]

A year later, Wallace turned professional and captured the PKA middleweight karate championship with a second-round knockout. He relinquished the crown in 1980, undefeated. The PKA promoted the sport of full-contact karate. Full-contact karate differed from kickboxing in that leg kicks were allowed in kickboxing and forbidden in full-contact karate.

In 1990 Bill Wallace (166 lbs) fought one last exhibition kickboxing/karate match with friend Joe Lewis (198 lbs) on pay per view. Both Wallace and Lewis were refused a boxing license because of their age. The exhibition ended with one judge in favor for Wallace, another in favor for Lewis, and the third judge scored the bout a tie, ending the exhibition in a draw.

Education[edit]

Wallace studied at Ball State University, earning a bachelor's degree in 1971 in physical education.[5] In 1976, he earned a master's degree in Kinesiology from Memphis State University.[5]

Accomplishments[edit]

Wallace has taught karate, judo, wrestling and weight lifting at Memphis State University. The author of a college textbook about karate and kinesiology, he continues to teach seminars across the United States and abroad.[5] He has acted, most notably in A Force of One starring Chuck Norris.[7] Wallace was the play-by-play commentator for the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view event in 1993 alongside fellow kickboxer Kathy Long and NFL Hall of famer Jim Brown.[3] Wallace administers an organization of karate schools under his "Superfoot" system. He was elected to Black Belt Magazine's Hall of Fame in 1973 as "Tournament Karate Fighter of the Year" and again in 1978 as "Man of the Year."[8] His film credits include A Force of One with Chuck Norris; Kill Point, with Cameron Mitchell; Continental Divide and Neighbors, with John Belushi; The Protector, with Jackie Chan; Los Bravos with Hector Echavarria; A Prayer for the Dying, with Mickey Rourke; Ninja Turf; and Sword of Heaven.[9]

Trivia[edit]

Bill Wallace was a personal trainer and close friend of both Elvis Presley and John Belushi. On March 5, 1982, Bill Wallace found John Belushi dead of a cocaine and heroin overdose, in his room in Bungalow 3, at the Chateau Marmont Hotel, on Sunset Boulevard, in Hollywood, California. [10] [11]


Wallace has written and co-written a number of books, including:

  • The Best of Bill Wallace[12]
  • Competitive Karate: Featuring the Superfoot System[13]
  • The Ultimate Kick [14]
  • Dynamic Kicking & Stretching [15]
  • Karate: Basic Concepts & Skills [16]

DVD format:

  • BOOST Karate for Children[17]
  • Karate: Basic Concepts & Skills [18]

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://kiyojuteryu.org:8084/soke/articles/wallace.shtml
  2. ^ a b Corcoran, John and Farkas, Emil (1983). Martial Arts: Traditions, History, People. Gallery Books. p. 392. 
  3. ^ a b Biography for Bill Wallace at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ a b "Bill "Superfoot" Wallace". Fightingmaster.com. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Bill Wallace IMDB Biography". Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ A Force of One (1979)
  8. ^ Black Belt Hall of Fame Awards[dead link]
  9. ^ "Bill Wallace IMDB Listing". 
  10. ^ McFadden, Robert D. (March 6, 1982). "John Belushi, Manic Comic of TV and Films Dies.". New York Times. Retrieved September 25, 2007. "John Belushi, the manic, rotund comedian whose outrageous antics and spastic impersonations on the Saturday Night Live television show propelled him to stardom in the 1970s, was found dead yesterday in a rented bungalow in Hollywood, where he had launched a film career in recent years. The 33-year-old actor ..." 
  11. ^ "John Belushi". Citizendium. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  12. ^ Wallace, Bill. The Best of Bill Wallace. Black Belt Communications (April 2005) ISBN 0-89750-146-2
  13. ^ Gibson, Adam, and Wallace, Bill. Competitive Karate: Featuring the Superfoot System Human Kinetics; 1 edition (January 27, 2004) ISBN 0-7360-4492-2
  14. ^ Wallace, Bill. The Ultimate Kick. Unique Publications (January 1987) ISBN 0-86568-088-4
  15. ^ Wallace, Bill. Dynamic Kicking & Stretching. Unique Publications (November 1981) ISBN 0-86568-018-3
  16. ^ Schroeder, Charles Roy and Wallace, Bill. Karate: Basic Concepts and Skills. Addison Wesley Publishing Company (July 1976) ISBN 0-201-06837-0
  17. ^ Ferguson, Robert and Wallace, Bill. BOOST Karate for Children Black Belt Communications (May 1, 2005) ASIN: B0009T2JN8
  18. ^ ASIN B000LBZLTI
  19. ^ "Bill Wallace's record at STAR". Starsystemkickboxing.net. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 

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