Bill Wallace

From The Martial Arts Encyclopedia

Bill Wallace is a Martial Artist noted for his success in American Kickboxing in the 1970's.


Background

Born in Portland, Indiana, Wallace began his study of Judo and (in February 1967) Shorin-ryu Karate while serving in the U.S. Air Force. After entering the point fighting tournament scene and achieving success there, he switched to full-contact [Kickboxing]. He won 23 consecutive professional fights between 1974 and 1980, becoming the Professional Karate Association middleweight world champion and retiring undefeated.

Controversy

Bill Wallace

In the April edition of Black Belt Magazine, Wallace is quoted making several disparaging remarks about Mixed Martial Arts as a sport and about its participants betraying a gross ignorance of the sport, full contact competition, and what some assume is bitterness at changes in the Martial Arts community that overshadow or invalidate his accomplishments. See also Old Buck Syndrome.

Quotes include:

I keep asking myself how two boxers can pound the crap out of each other for twelve rounds without anybody getting knocked down, while an MMA guy can hit his opponent with a straight right and drop him-even though it doesnt look that strong.

And

...Hopefully MMA has run its course and will start to shrink. Many of the Martial Artists I meet at seminars think the same way I do. They know how much time they spend perfecting their punches and kicks, then look at MMA guys and can tell that they arent practicing that much. Study their punching techniques and you'll see what I mean. Often they look like they're bottom fisting a bag instead of throwing jabs, crosses, hooks, and uppercuts...

Discussion Threads

Bill Wallace... Jealous Much] Thread by oldman34 discussing the controversial quotes.

External Links

Bill Wallace's website

Sources