| On Friday, December 3, 2004, approximately
65 students (from WMA and other schools) attended the Bill "Superfoot"
Wallace Seminar that covered stretching, kicking, and paired drills for
sparring. For those of you who do not know who Bill Wallace is, he is an
"American Karate Champion, instructor, author, actor, and referee.
He was rated top fighter in the country three times by Black Belt Magazine.
Wallace conducted seminars in Europe, South America, England, and throughout
the U.S. He once taught at the Elvis Presley-owned studio, the Tennessee
Karate Institute where Presley trained with Wallace briefly. Wallace co-starred
in the Chuck Norris film, A Force of One. He is a Member of Who's Who in
the Martial Arts. A Tae Kwon Do/ Shorin-Ryu stylist, he is noted for his
fast left roundhouse kick and left hook kick. In the pro ring he is remembered
for his quick left leg, which gave him the name "Superfoot." Wallace's
ring history is 21-0, 11 KO's. He is the only full contact world champion
to retire undefeated."
The seminar, which took place from 7:00 to 9:30 pm, was intense yet entertaining. Many attendees noted that Mr. Wallace was focused and informative, yet lacked no sense of humor when it came to sharing experiences and illustrating points. Beginning with stretching exercises, there was no lack of wincing as students were continuously stretched a little more and then a little more. Following stretching Mr. Wallace covered kicking drills and how to use them to surprise an opponent. In fact, a large focus of the seminar was "setting up an opponent" so that the most benefit from the techniques could be had. To conclude the seminar, Mr. Wallace discussed four basic boxing punches/techniques, and finished up with a round of shadow boxing. After the seminar, everyone was given the opportunity to have Wallace sign posters and take pictures.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the seminar and felt that they had learned something new or had picked up a new perspective on a technique they already knew (or both). The 16 students of Sweetwater Christian School, a private school that has expanded their P.E. program to include martial arts instruction from Wang's Martial Arts, were especially thrilled. These students (which were compiled from the top students in each grade) were offered the seminar for their hard work and focus and as an incentive to "keep up the good work" and continue bettering their martial arts. Each student had a poster autographed to take home and was given the opportunity to take photos with "Superfoot." With smiles and sore muscles, everyone left with something new and valuable.
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