Imagine being so desperate to escape the drug-infested inner-city of Baltimore, that you make up Kung Fu moves, string them together and then climb on a bus and travel around the country to compete in karate tournaments.

That’s exactly what Willie “The Bam” Johnson did as a teenager. Eventually, he began to win in both forms and weapons. Finally, he won big at the US Open where he defeated some of the top forms competitors in the world, including your humble host.

When he returned home on the bus, he was excited about his win. Rather than being celebrated for his win, he was saddled with a life-changing ultimate. Continue to compete in martial arts tournaments or sell drugs in the same neighborhood he so tried so hard to leave. That’s where we pick up the amazing story of Willie “The” Bam Johnson.