Nicky Ryan And Ethan Crelinsten Promoted To Black Belt

Nicky Ryan And Ethan Crelinsten Promoted To Black Belt

John Danaher promoted Nicky Ryan and Ethan Crelinsten today in the blue basement.

Nov 2, 2020 by Corey Stockton
Nicky Ryan And Ethan Crelinsten Promoted To Black Belt
They’ve been hunting some of the most talented black belts in the world for years. Now, Nicky Ryan and Ethan Crelinsten are, themselves, black belts.

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They’ve been hunting some of the most talented black belts in the world for years. Now, Nicky Ryan and Ethan Crelinsten are, themselves, black belts.

John Danaher promoted Ryan and Crelinsten today in the blue basement.

Crelinsten, a two-time ADCC trials winner and an ADCC veteran, has been considered one of the toughest brown belts on the no-gi scene for years. He’s currently ranked no. 8 at 77 kg, and holds victories over Enrico Coco, Andrew Tackett, Junny Ocasio, and Jonnatas Gracie.

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Nicky Ryan is often considered John Danaher’s prodigy. He has appeared at ADCC twice. The first time, he was a late fill-in, and he became the youngest competitor in ADCC history. The second time, he earned his way, winning each of his five matches at the West Coast Trails in 2018.

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Danaher promoted Ryan to brown belt last September after ADCC, where Ryan defeated Shane Jamil Hill-Taylor in the opening round before losing to Paulo Miyao. While he’s only 19 years old, Nicky Ryan has already defeated a long list of black belts and legends including Geo Martinez, Masakazu Imanari, and JZ Cavalcante.

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