Mini Biography - Bill "Superfoot" Wallace
Bill Wallace also known as Bill "Superfoot" Wallace is an American martial artist who got his name for his renowned fast kicks that were clocked at 60 mph. He was the Middleweight Champion Kick-boxer for over 15 years and an undefeated World Full-Contact Karate champion.
Bill began in the study of Judo but discontinued due to a knee injury. He then went on to train in Karate and from there switched to full-contact Kickboxing. He won 23 consecutive professional fights between 1974 and 1980 when he finally relinquished his crown, undefeated.
Born in Indiana, USA, he studied at Ball State University and Memphis State University where he obtained a Master's degree in Kinesiology. Bill taught Karate, Judo, and wrestling at Memphis State University. He has authored numerous books in the martial arts and continues to give seminars worldwide. He was one of the first commentators of the UFC.
Moving on to develop an acting career, Bill joined the film industry, starring in: A force of One, Sword of Heaven, Killpoint, The Protector, American Hunter, Silent Assassins, the Falkland Man, the Power of One, Walker - Texas Rangers, and numerous others.
Bill Wallace is a legend in the martial arts and Kickboxing world. Both professional and amateur Kickboxing is represented around the world and IDMA has selected a legend in its field, like Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, to bring you the Kickboxing program.
The Falkland Man (2001)
This striking sport is reported to originate from Japan around the 1950s as a combination of boxing and martial arts kicking.
The focus of Kickboxing is to strike. It is a standing sport that ends when a combatant hits the ground. Kickboxing is used for self-defense, fitness, and full contact sports. Dress for males include no shirt, shorts, gloves, groin-guard, shin-pads, kick-boots, and optional helmet. Females wear a tank-top and chest protection.
Not to be confused with Thai boxing where kicks below the belt level are allowed along with knee and elbow strikes.
For a time, Kickboxing lost its popularity until 1993 when K-1 was produced, using special Kickboxing rules. The sport rapidly spread throughout Europe and North America.
Rules for American Kickboxing include strikes above the waist with fist and feet. No knee or elbow strikes allowed. Round times and number of vary. Usually 3-12 rounds that last from 2-3 minutes. A submission, knockout, referee stop, or the judge's decision declares a winner.
European Kickboxing has three disciplines: semi contact, light contact, and full contact. Semi contact works on scoring points under controlled conditions. Light contact uses well-controlled techniques and full contact allows full power strikes with focus, speed, and determination.
Kickboxing uses jabs, crosses, hooks, and uppercuts with various variations of these for its punches. Kicks include front kick, side kick, semi-circular kick, roundhouse kick and various other kicks like spinning and jumping kicks. Knee attacks include straight knee thrust, rising knee strike, hooking knee strike, and side knee snap strike. Various other moves are used for defense and guarding.
Many martial arts are labeled as Kickboxing. Some of those include: Adithada, Lethwei, Gwon-gyokdo, Muay Thai, Yaw-Yian, and a number of others, each having its own rules, set of techniques and restrictions.