Nicky Rodriguez Talks Gordon Ryan, DDS Breakup: ‘We cut the poison out for a reason’

Ever since John Danaher announced earlier this year that the famed Danaher Death Squad had broken up, the jiu-jitsu world has been abuzz with speculation about the group’s decision to split up. Adding to that speculation, Craig Jones and a three of his former DDS teammates — Ethan Crelinsten, Nicky

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Gordon Ryan Announces Date, Location of First Class He’s Teaching in Austin, TX

Following the unexpected break-up of the Danaher Death Squad several weeks ago, many of the team’s key players have moved to Austin, TX. Among those key players is, of course, current top pound-for-pound grappler Gordon Ryan. Ryan has previously announced his plans to open an academy in Austin with John

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Gordon Ryan Explains His Reason for Leaving Puerto Rico

In late 2020, the famed grappling team the Danaher Death Squad announced its move from New York City to Puerto Rico. In late July of this year, John Danaher announced the end of DDS, explaining that the team had split up and would be leaving its short-lived home of Puerto

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Firas Zahabi Comments on Gordon Ryan’s Potential Transition to MMA

Firas Zahabi is one of the most accomplished and universally respected coaches in MMA. A black belt under John Danaher, Zahabi has coached many of MMA’s best fighters, including Georges St-Pierre, Rory MacDonald, and Kenny Florian. Owing to his background in BJJ, Zahabi is also widely respected within the jiu-jitsu

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19-Year Old DDS Prospect Daniel Manasoiu Wins ADCC Romania Nationals as Blue Belt

Although the Danaher Death Squad might no longer be a team, grapplers from that squad will continue to make waves. Over the weekend, Daniel Manasoui — a 19-year old grappler that had been training under John Danaher in Puerto Rico — won double gold, submitting all of his opponent at

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John Danaher Demonstrates a Basic Principle of Defending Guard Passes

John Danaher talks, and we listen. Head coach of the now-defunct Danaher Death Squad, Danaher might be the most sought-after jiu-jitsu instructor on the planet. In a recent video released by BJJ Fanatic, we see a clip of Danaher’s guard retention instructional in which he explains and demonstrates a basic

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Are Gordon Ryan and Craig Jones Forming Separate Competition Teams?

On Sunday, John Danaher dropped a bombshell on the jiu-jitsu world with the announcement that, due to differences that he didn’t specifically address, the Danaher Death Squad was ending as a competition and training unit. Shortly after that news broke, top DDS competitor Gordon Ryan announced his plan to continue

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Craig Jones Announces He Will Continue Training With Nicky Ryan, Nick Rodriguez, Ethan Crelinsten

Over the weekend, the jiu-jitsu world was shook with the news that the famed Danaher Death Squad was disbanding. In head coach John Danaher’s statement regarding the news, he didn’t mention specific plans for any team members moving forward. On Monday, Craig Jones announced that he will continue to train

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‘End of an Era’: John Danaher Announces Break-Up of Danaher Death Squad

One of the best competition teams in the history of competitive jiu-jitsu is officially no more. On Sunday, John Danaher, head coach of the legendary Danaher Death Squad, announced that the team is no longer together as a single training and competition unit. Danaher announced the news via a lengthy

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