Nicky Ryan Promoted to Brown Belt by John Danaher

One of the youngest talents that the ADCC saw this year was 18 year old Nicky Ryan. After an impressive run at the 2019 ADCC, Nicky beat Jamil Hill-Taylor and lost to the legend that is Paulo Miyao, (by only 1 point). He has already beaten the likes of Urijah Faber and Geo Martinez (10th Planet). If this list isn’t already impressive enough, he beat Imanari on Polaris 2018 and became featherweight champion!

He is 18!

Nicky wrote on Instagram earlier, thanking his teammates and coach, John Danaher and ADCC legend – Garry Tonon (who managed the quickest submission this year in the ADCC tournament). Nicky, at such a young age is already surrounded and coached by some of the worlds greatest, including his older brother, Gordon Ryan, who managed to submit Garry Tonon in the ADCC this year.

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Nicky wrote:

Today I received my brown belt from @danaherjohn, I just want to say thank you to the 3 people in this photo @garrytonon @danaherjohn and @gordonlovesjiujjitsu for all they have done for me. If it weren’t for these guys I would still be some fat loser who did nothing but eat and play video games all day, instead they turned me into one of the best nogi competitors in the world and I will forever be grateful for that. @futurekimonos’

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After such an impressive year, Nicky receives his brown belt after 2 years at purple. Professor John Danaher is infamous for his ability to coach and make incredible competitors, and Nicky is no exception. Nicky is now a firm ‘Danaher Death Squad’ member and was promoted to brown belt, which is not only well deserved but incredibly exciting. We’re all looking forward to seeing what this young man is going to do and achieve over the next decade or so!

Adam Phillips

BJJ 1 tag blue belt under Trevor Birmingham (T.Birmingham Academy) and Japanese Jujitsu 2nd Dan Blackbelt under Alexei Roberts and Michael McGarry, Adam haswon the AMA Nationals 3 times and is a 3 time Silver Medallist for Team GB in BJJ and Sports Jujitsu. He has also got tons of medals from regional comps. Trains at Kyouken MMA & Jujitsu, based in Andover and trains with MMA Stars, Mike 'Gip' Cutting and Alexei 'Boom' Roberts. Adam joined Grappling Insider following a request on UK BJJ Underground and has proven to have a real passion for all sorts of MMA, inc. BJJ, in particular. Adam is a huge fan of Mike Bidwell (BJJ over 40 legend) and says that he's very privileged to be able to contact huge sports stars and interview them!

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