How i met Chuck Noris

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 William Louis Wallace, also known as "Superfoot," is a legendary figure in the world of martial arts. Born on December 1, 1945, in Portland, Indiana, Wallace is considered one of the first American superstars of kickboxing. He is a former professional kickboxer, actor, and karateka who has left an indelible mark on the sport.

Wallace comes from a background of Scottish ancestry and was involved in wrestling during his high school years. He began his martial arts journey with Judo in 1966 but had to stop due to a knee injury. He then turned to Shorin-ryu Karate under the guidance of Michael Gneck while serving in the U.S. Air Force. After finding success in point fighting tournaments, Wallace transitioned to full-contact competition.

With the mentorship of renowned fighter Jim 'Ronin' Harrison, Wallace achieved an impressive feat of winning 23 consecutive professional fights between 1974 and 1980. This remarkable run solidified his position as the Professional Karate Association middleweight world full-contact karate champion, retiring with an undefeated record. Wallace's signature moves were his lightning-fast left leg kicks, particularly his roundhouse kick and hook kick, known to reach speeds of approximately 60 mph.

Despite facing challenges such as a Judo-related knee injury and the loss of a testicle due to a kick during a tournament, Wallace remained resilient and dedicated to his craft. He embraced his nickname "Superfoot," coined by PKA President Don Quine, as a testament to his exceptional skills and agility in the ring.

In a memorable exhibition match in 1990, Wallace faced off against his friend and fellow martial arts legend, Joe Lewis. Despite their age disqualifying them from obtaining a boxing license, the exhibition ended in a draw, showcasing the enduring prowess and spirit of both fighters.

Even after retiring from active competition, Wallace continues to contribute to the martial arts community as the International Ambassador for PKA Worldwide. With a 10th dan black belt and the esteemed title of soke (grandmaster) in Shorin-ryu Karate, William Louis Wallace's legacy as "Superfoot" lives on as an inspiration to aspiring martial artists around the world.