A training technical session Bill Wallace

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William Louis Wallace, known as "Superfoot," is an acclaimed American martial artist, actor, and former professional kickboxer. Born on December 1, 1945, Wallace rose to fame as one of the first American kickboxing superstars. He holds the title of Professional Karate Association (PKA) World Full-Contact Champion and Middleweight Kickboxing Champion, with an impressive undefeated record of 23-0-0. Wallace, who currently serves as the International Ambassador for PKA Worldwide, is a 10th dan black belt and grandmaster in shōrin-ryū karate.

Growing up in Portland, Indiana, Wallace of Scottish descent, initially trained in wrestling during his high school years. Following an injury to his right knee while practicing judo, Wallace switched to Shōrin-ryū Karate under Michael Gneck in 1967 while serving in the U.S. Air Force. He transitioned to full-contact competition, winning 23 consecutive bouts between 1974 and 1980 under the guidance of veteran fighter Jim 'Ronin' Harrison.

Wallace's signature move was his lightning-fast left leg kicks, particularly his roundhouse kick and hook kick, which was recorded at an impressive speed of about 60 mph. Due to a judo-related injury to his right knee, Wallace focused on developing his left leg as his primary attacking limb. Despite facing setbacks such as a lost testicle from a kick to the groin during a point fighting tournament, Wallace continued to dominate the professional karate scene.

In a historic exhibition match in 1990, Wallace faced off against his friend Joe Lewis in a kickboxing/karate bout on pay per view. Although both fighters were denied boxing licenses due to their age, the match ended in a draw, with one judge in favor of Wallace and the other two scoring it as a tie.

Throughout his career, Wallace's exceptional skills, dedication, and resilience have solidified his legacy as one of the greatest martial artists of his time.