Longtime Black Belt magazine writer Floyd Burk did some digging on full-contact karate legend Bill Wallace -- and what he found may surprise you!
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6. Bill Wallace competed in kata on several occasions. He never did very well, though, because his leg injury hindered his performance of certain stances and kicks.
7. Even though Bill Wallace gained fame as a sparring and full-contact karate champion, he's just as old school as anyone. For testing purposes, he had to learn the five pinan kata and the three naihanchi kata, as well as saisan and ananku. He also learned all the kobudo weapons. He was always a bit irked by weapons training, though. His point of view: If the word “karate" means “empty hand," why would anyone focus on weapons?