Bart Vale

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Bart Vale
Born (1957-06-04) June 4, 1957 (age 59)
Miami, Florida, United States
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 251 lb (114 kg; 17.9 st)
Division Heavyweight
Style Shootfighting, American Kenpo
Fighting out of Miami, Florida, United States
Team Tigers & Dragon Karate Gym
Rank      10th degree black belt in American Kenpō
Years active 1993–2000
Kickboxing record
Total 2
Wins 0
Losses 2
By knockout 2
Draws 0
Mixed martial arts record
Total 3
Wins 1
By submission 1
Losses 2
By knockout 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Bart Vale (born June 4, 1957) is an American tracys kenpo instructor He is known for his "old school" American martial arts look, consisting of a mustache, mullet and American flag trunks.[1]


Bart Vale began his martial arts training in 1970 with Kenpo, Bart claims he holds a 10th degree black belt.[2] He later traveled to Japan where he was a professional wrestler and learned the ins and outs of working fake fights the Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Gumi (a shoot-style professional wrestling organization) champion for close to three years. In Japan, he also studied a number of other styles and coined the term "shootfighting", a martial art that combines striking and grappling. He co-founded the International Shootfighting Association and in 1992, began the Shootfighting World Championships.[3]

Vale began participating in events for Fighting Network Rings in March 1993. He appeared in 5 matches for Rings, 4 of which took place during the organization's pro wrestling period. Rings began promoting mixed martial arts bouts rather than shoot-style works in 1995.[4]

In October 1995, Vale competed in the World Combat Championships. In the first round of the tournament he defeated Mike Bitonio via first-round submission. Fighting at 260 lbs, Vale outweighed Bitonio by 45 lbs.[5] Bart Vale was to face Renzo Gracie in the semi finals but Vale wasn't able to continue due to head lacerations. He had two further MMA bouts, in which he lost to Kazunari Murakami and Dan Severn. In addition to this, he also competed in the K-1 kickboxing promotion twice. In 1996, he was invited into the K-1 World Grand Prix and was defeated by Andy Hug. His next bout, against Nobuaki Kakuda in 1998, also ended in defeat. In the early days of MMA, back when it was still called NHB, Vale was introduced as the man who beat Ken Shamrock in reference to a pro wrestling bout that occurred in Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Gumi on May 15, 1992.[6]

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

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Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Mixed martial arts record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest


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