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Martial Arts

Bill ‘Superfoot’ Wallace – Martial Arts Superstar


Bill Wallace is one of the best-known full-contact fighters in the world. Given the title ‘Superfoot’ due to his tremendous kicking ability he is one of full-contact’s greatest ambassadors.

Bill’s left leg was once clocked in excess of 60 mph, and as a result of his amazing ability to kick, Bill left a string of battered and bruised bodies along the martial arts fighting trail.

Bill became renowned for using his foot as others would use their hands, faking opponents with two or three rapid fake kicks and following with one solid knockout technique. His power was amazing, his precision astounding. He became famous for being able to throw any type of kick from one chamber, never telegraphing and always keeping his opponent guessing as to which kick was coming next.

Bill began studying karate in February 1967 after suffering a serious injury to his right knee in a judo accident. He completely ripped the ligaments in his knee! The injury left him unable to compete in Judo, and so he moved into Shorin-Ryu Karate.

Over the next seven years, Bill dominated the point-tournament circuit and became National Champion in points fighting three years in a row. Not satisfied with that, Bill won practically every major event on the tournament circuit. The more prestigious victories included: the U.S. Championships (3 times), the USKA Grand Nationals (3 times), and the Top Ten Nationals (twice).

Unfortunately for Bill, the injuries continued and he suffered the loss of one testicle during a point fighting tournament, when his protective cup was struck at an unfortunate angle.

Bill became so dominant in his area of the martial arts that Black Belt magazine, named him in its Hall of Fame three times in seven years — twice as “Competitor of the Year” and once as “Man of the Year.”

In 1973, Wallace, whose education includes a bachelor’s degree (1971) in physical education from Ball State University and a master’s degree (1976) in kinesiology (the study of human movement) from Memphis State University, suffered what many considered a career-ending injury. However, one of Wallace’s friends, the late Elvis Presley, flew in a Los Angeles acupuncturist to treat the Karate champion at Graceland Manor.

In 1974, and with the coaching help of veteran ‘Blood-n-Guts’ champion fighter Jim ‘Ronin’ Harrison, Bill moved into full-contact karate (which was later to become known as Kickboxing). He then turned professional, and captured the PKA middleweight karate championship with a second-round knockout (hook kick) of West German Bernd Grothe in Los Angeles.

Bill retired as the undefeated Professional Karate Association (PKA) Middleweight Champion, after defeating Bill Biggs in a 12-round bout in June 1980. The victory, Wallace’s 23rd straight, signalled the end to an illustrious 15-year career in tournament and full contact fighting.

On top of his fighting career, Bill is also the author of three books: Karate: Basic Concepts & Skills, Dynamic Kicking & Stretching, and The Ultimate Kick and has been in a number of films.

 

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Filmography:

The Falkland Man – 2001
Silent Assassins – 1988
American Hunter – 1988
Fight to win – 1987
Sword of Heaven – 1985
The Protector – 1985
Manchurian Avenger – 1985
Los Angeles Streetfighter – 1985
Get a Job – 1985
Killpoint – 1984
Sword of Heaven – 1981
A Force of One – 1979

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About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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