Polaroid Project: A Day In The Life With The Danaher Death Squad

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Last month I took a trip to the East Coast to spend a few days with the infamous "Danaher Death Squad" to see their daily routine from sun up to sun down. The experience will be documented in our upcoming series "All Access."

Gordon Ryan, Garry Tonon, John Danaher, and the whole squad were on hand as they trained in the blue basement of Renzo Gracie Academy in New York and prepared for the biggest tournament of the year, the ADCC World Championships on Sept. 23-24 in Espoo, Finland. The training was grueling. The days were long, and the experience was unforgettable. 

Just recently I picked up a new Fuji polaroid camera and decided to bring it along with me on some of my jiu-jitsu adventures. The toughest challenge when shooting with this camera was that I only had 10 exposures! I had to be really stingy with what I took pictures of, which is a much different experience compared to my normal shooting endeavors. 

​Check out the story below and keep an eye out for further installments of my Polaroid Project!



8 AM -- Early Training at Renzo Gracie Academy
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​Gordon Ryan rolls with UFC contender David Branch.

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​John Danaher and Garry Tonon discuss the day's training.


10 AM -- Recovery
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​A poor soul tries to catch his breath after class.


12:30 PM -- Mid-Day Training
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​Tom Deblass has arrived.


5 PM -- Back to Jersey To Teach
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​Garry teaching gi fundamentals at Brunswick BJJ.


6 PM -- Hit The Weights
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​Gordon Ryan and his S&C coach Natalia pose after a workout


8 PM -- Final Training Session
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​The crew calls it a night after Nicky Ryan gets a black eye.




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