David Croft

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  • Bill ‘Superfoot’ Wallace gets his copy of Food for Thought.

    Bill Wallace received his copy of Food for Thought following a recent seminar in Cornwall. Despite being 65 Wallace continues to travel the world showcasing his skills. He won 23 consecutive professional fights between 1974 and 1980, becoming the Professional Karate Association middleweight world full-contact karate champion and retiring undefeated. He was known for his fast left leg kicks, especially his roundhouse kick and his hook kick which was clocked at about 60 mph. He focused on his left leg because of a Judo-related injury to his right knee, using the right leg primarily as a base. The seminar took place at Ed Bryne’s martial arts academy in Cornwall. Ed Bryne started his martial arts training under 2nd Dan Sensei’s David Croft and Alistair Clark at their Dojo in Newquay. Due to having to go to London to further his career David Croft then trained with the world renowned Sensei Ticky Donovan OBE 9th Dan. Ticky Donovan later went on to become one of the most successful and highly respected coaches in the world. In turn he kindly wrote the Foreword to David Croft’s book Food for Thought mentioning that had David not gone to Bermuda to work he would have made it into the England under 21 squad. Ticky Donovan also mentions David Croft’s devastating accident, which meant that he missed out on competing in the 1980 WUKO world karate championships and inaugural World Games. Ed Bryne runs martial arts clubs while Alistair Clark now lives Australia and is the Shotokan Karate International Australia National Kata coach.

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