Danaher Death Squad Teammates Nicky Ryan and Ethan Crelinsten have been awarded their black belt from coach and 5th degree black belt John Danaher. Nicky Ryan is the younger brother of world champion No Gi grappler Gordon Ryan, and at just 19 years old has accomplished so much on the grappling scene – taking home wins from older and more experienced competitors such as Phil Harris and Masakazu Imanari.
Nicky Ryan received his purple belt in 2017, two years later he was then awarded his brown belt in October 2019 after putting on an impressive performance at ADCC with a close fight against renowned Brazilian black belt Paulo Miyao – losing by just one point. A year later the BJJ prodigy has been awarded his black belt. Impressive to say the least.
Also now a black belt under Danaher is Canadian, Ethan Crelinsten, – a tough professional submission grappler who trains under two world renowned coaches, John Danaher and Firas Zahabi – representing both the New York based Renzo Gracie Academy and Montreal’s TriStar Gym. Both are fast rising stars in the competitive circuit, and big names already in BJJ – two black belts very well earned. Congratulations to both!
In the social media posts, both grapplers showed off their new belts and hunting knives, a customary gift that Danaher gives to his students for important milestones. Renzo Gracie New York members such as Gordon Ryan and Garry Tonon already own a number of knives gifted from Danaher.
Speaking of the pairs promotion Gordon Ryan posted,