Elvis' Friend Bill Superfoot Wallace to Speak at Conversations on Elvis

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Elvis' Friend Bill Superfoot Wallace to Speak at Conversations on Elvis

Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, a friend of Elvis' and karate champion, will join author Peter Guralnick as a speaker at Conversations on Elvis on Thursday, January 8.

Wallace retired as the undefeated Professional Karate Association Middleweight Champion in June 1980 after defeating Robert Biggs in a 12-round bout. His 23rd straight victory signaled an end to an illustrious 15-year career in tournament and full contact fighting. Known to the karate world as "Superfoot," symbolic of his powerful left leg, which was once clocked in excess of 60 mph, he left a string of battered and bruised bodies along the martial arts fighting trail. He used his foot as others would use their hands, faking opponents with two or three rapid kicks and following with one solid knockout technique. 

Wallace captured virtually every major event on the tournament circuit. He took home three U.S. Championships and two Top Ten Nationals. Black Belt magazine named him to its Hall of Fame three times in seven years, twice as "Competitor of the Year" and once as "Man of the Year."  He's received numerous Hall of Fame honors from around the globe, and Century Martial Arts has given him a Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 1973, Superfoot suffered what was considered to be a career-ending injury. His friend Elvis stepped in, moved him into Graceland and called a renowned acupuncturist from Los Angeles to treat him. A year later, Superfoot turned professional and captured the PKA middleweight karate championship.

He's continued to be one of martial arts' most popular figures since his retirement. He's written three books, "Karate: Basic Concepts & Skills," "Dynamic Kicking and Stretching," and "The Ultimate Kick." He's also released a series of videos.

Wallace has starred in films such as "A Force of One" with Chuck Norris; "Kill Point" with Cameron Mitchell; "The Protector" with Jackie Chan and "A Prayer for the Dying" with Mickey Rourke. He has nearly 20 films under his "black belt" and continues to be involved in the entertainment industry. Learn more about Bill "Superfoot" Wallace.

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