For two decades Bob Wall was a force on the tournament circuit placing 1st or 2nd in every major karate championship from 1965 to 1972. Mr. Wall was also a member of the legendary quintet of Chuck Norris, Mike Stone, Joe Lewis, and Skipper Mullins sweeping the world professional titles for 1970, 71, & 72.
In addition to his championship career in the ring, Mr. Wall was also the only actor to appear in three Bruce Lee movies. His most notable role was as the evil O’Hara in "Enter The Dragon," one of Warner Brothers top ten grossing films of all time. Mr. Wall and Mr. Lee were very close friends; they shared a special bond that lasted until Mr. Lee’s untimely death. To this day Mr. Wall speaks often and fondly of his departed friend.
Mr. Wall also appeared in "Law Man Jeans", "Hai Karate" and "Black Belt Cologne" commercials and has made numerous guest appearances on "Walker, Texas Ranger", Hong Kong TV’s "Enjoy Yourself Tonight", "Hollywood Squares" and "Family Matters", to name a few.
Mr. Wall is also one of the most featured personalities appearing on the cover of 41 magazines including, "Black Belt", "Official Karate", "Fighting Stars", "Karate Illustrated", "Professional Karate", "Martial Arts Legends", "Budo", "Inside Karate", "Karate News", "Fighter", "Karate Budo", "Fighting Spirit" and "Karate Review".
Additional honors include four Hall of Fame induction’s and the Karate Pioneer & Martial Arts Museum Awards. Along with his many martial arts awards and accolades Mr. Wall is also a successful California’s Real Estate entrepreneur. In 1983 and 1984, Mr. Wall was listed in "Who’s Who" in California and "Who’s Who" in Business and Finance in 1998. In 1967 the legendary Chuck Norris and Bob formed a partnership with two Karate studios and grew them into a large chain of studios. In 1968 Chuck and Bob formed the first Martial Art school finance company, Martial Art Acceptance. The former Karate Champion, film star, trainer, manager, author and martial arts pioneer never allowed himself to be chained to a specific style or system. It’s been said that if there is a part of the martial arts world untouched by Bob Wall, it must not have importance.
In 1975 Mr. Wall authored the first, "Who’s Who in the Martial Arts and Directory of Black Belts" which included over 5,000 martial art schools. This archive pays honor to the men and women whose success and achievements laid the foundation for generations of future martial artists. Today Mr. Wall continues his vision and is the driving force and inspiration behind "WorldBlackBelt.com".
Mr. Wall has trained in many styles and systems with some of the most prominent martial arts legends. He studied judo under "Judo" Gene LeBell and Al Thomas, Okinawa-te under Gordon Doversola and Shorin-Ryu under Joe Lewis, Boxing under Chuck "The Hurricane Kid” Simonini, Jujitsu under the world famous Machado Brothers, and Tae Kwon Do under Chuck Norris. "Joe and Gene toughened me up", Mr. Wall said. "But it was Chuck Norris that turned me into a complete martial artist and in the process taught me a lot of life’s lessons".
Bob Wall continues to lead by example. In the dojo, on the mat, in the ring, or in the board room this high-energy martial arts and business Icon is a proven winner. Armed with a vision of things to come through WorldBlackBelt, Mr. Wall is leading the martial arts community into the 21st century with the same zeal and determination that he brought to the competition circuit 4 decades ago.