MVP74: From selling drugs to the Hall of Fame – Willie Johnson’s story of redemption through martial arts

Willie “the Bam” Johnson is a Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame martial artist, a 7th degree black belt in karate and a 5th degree black belt in Wushu Kung Fu. However, his story started very differently.

Born in a poor neighbourhood to a disabled mother, Willie spent time between tournaments selling drugs and running the street. A pivotal moment while incarcerated turned his life around and he’s spent the last 30 years giving back to the community he came from. This is a raw, emotional and powerful story you shouldn’t miss.

Learn more about Willie at

Pick up a copy of his book here:

While you’re at it, grab a copy of Joe’s new book, Neon Jungle, here:

As always, bonus content is available on our Patreon at

Listen to this interview on your podcast platform of choice, all links available here:

Enjoy the show and would like to send Joe a tip? This is the place:

If you’re interested in booking Joe to speak or teach your group, head on over here:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *