BJJ black belt and BJJAfter40 founder Mike 'Spider Ninja' Bidwell is one of the most creative and innovative teachers out there, and his instructional videos have helped thousands take their Jiu Jitsu to a level they didn't think was possible.
His journey to the black belt, however, was far from straightforward, and he spent astonishing 13 years at brown belt level. Suffering from health problems and having gained weight and lost fitness, Mike lost motivation and almost gave up on jiu jitsu altogether.
But Mike managed to turn things around and lost close to fifty pounds, got in the best shape of his life and earned his BJJ black belt. Watch the video below and be inspired by Mike's incredible story:
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