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Bob Wall – Bruce Lee’s ‘Nemesis’? Don’t believe the hype!


For most people, Bob Wall is famous for one thing, one role actually. He’s famous for being ‘O’Hara’ in ‘Enter the Dragon’. Walk into Athena and you can see him, broken bottles in hand, staring with hatred at his foe.

This isn’t all there is to Bob however. Not many people know this but for years, Bob was a force on the tournament circuit placing 1st or 2nd in every major karate championship from 1965 to 1972. Bob was also a member of the legendary quintet of Chuck Norris, Mike Stone, Joe Lewis, and Skipper Mullins sweeping the world professional titles for 1970, 71, & 72.

Bob and Chuck became such firm friends that in 1967, Chuck and Bob formed a partnership with two Karate studios, and grew them into a large chain of studios. In 1968 Chuck and Bob formed the world’s first Martial Art school finance company, Martial Art Acceptance.

Bob trained in many styles and systems, with some of the most prominent martial arts legends. He studied judo under the legendary Gene LeBell, and Al Thomas, Okinawa-te under Gordon Doversola and Shorin-Ryu under Joe Lewis, Boxing under Chuck “The Hurricane Kid” Simonini, Jujitsu under the world famous Machado Brothers, and Tae Kwon Do under Chuck Norris. “Joe and Gene toughened me up”, Bob said. “But it was Chuck Norris that turned me into a complete martial artist and in the process taught me a lot of life’s lessons”.

In 1975, Bob then went on to write the first, “Who’s Who in the Martial Arts and Directory of Black Belts”, including over 5,000 martial art schools. This books lists and honours the men and women whose success and achievements laid the foundation for generations of future martial artists.

Bob has continued along this theme and is one of the founder members of WorldBlackBelt.com, who are now promoting the ‘Be Safe’ program alongside the Amberwatch Foundation.

Bob was also the only actor to appear in three Bruce Lee movies. His most notable role was as the evil O’Hara in “Enter The Dragon,” one of Warner Brothers top ten grossing films of all time. Despite the rumours of personal grudges, and fight challenges, Bob and Bruce were very close friends, sharing a bond that lasted until Bruce’s death.

With regard to media coverage, Bob has appeared on the cover of 41 magazines including, “Black Belt”, “Official Karate”, “Fighting Stars”, “Karate Illustrated”, “Professional Karate”, “Martial Arts Legends”, “Budo”, “Inside Karate”, “Karate News”, “Fighter”, “Karate Budo”, “Fighting Spirit” and “Karate Review”.

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Filmography
Sci-Fighter – 2004
Walker Texas Ranger – 1997 – 2001
Hero and the Terror – 1988
Enter the Ninja – 1981
Game of Death – 1978
Black Belt Jones – 1974
Enter the Dragon – 1973
Way of the Dragon – 1972
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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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