I guess many people will now be asking about Bill ‘Superfoot’ Wallace after the news that he will be coming to be guest judge at the 2nd All Styles Martial Arts Tournament in Port Moresby in July. Well, here is a brief profile of the martial arts legend.
Bill Wallace was born on December 1, 1945, in Portland, Indiana and practiced wrestling in high school. In 1966 he began studying judo however a knee injury forced him to discontinue the practice. A year later he began studying Shorin-ryu Karate under Michael Gneck while serving in the US Air Force. He entered point scoring tournaments and became the champion 3 consecutive years, later switching to professional karate tournaments.
Wallace retired in 1980 undefeated as the Professional Karate Association (PKA) Middle Weight Champion after defeating Bill Biggs in a 12 round match, ending his illustrious 15 year career and 23rd straight victory.
The name ‘Superfoot’ came about due to his skills with his left leg which he used much the same others used their hands. His leg was once clocked at a speed of 60 mph.
Wallace also achieved in the film industry. He starred in several films which are:
- A Force of One with Chuck Norris;
- Kill Point, with Cameron Mitchell;
- Continental Divide and Neighbors, with John Belushi, whom he acted as trainer and bodyguard;
- Protector, with Jackie Chan;
- A Prayer for the Dying, with Mickey Rourke;
- Ninja Turf, and;
- A sword of Heaven.
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