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Based out of the Renzo Gracie academy in Manhattan, John Danaher is a highly-respected jiu-jitsu coach who has worked with many top grapplers including Gordon Ryan and Garry Tonon and trained MMA stars such as Georges St-Pierre and Chris Weidman.

  1. Grappling Bulletin: Coral Belt Yvonne Duarte Makes Jiu-Jitsu History

    Grappling Bulletin: Coral Belt Yvonne Duarte Makes Jiu-Jitsu History

    Aug 23, 2021

    One of the best-known slogans in grappling is "jiu-jitsu for everyone". This is the motto of Gracie Barra, the world's largest network of Brazilian jiu-jitsu gyms, and it reflects their mission of getting all kinds of people onto the mats and practicing this amazing art we all love so much.
  2. Gordon Ryan & Team Announce Plans To Open Jiu-Jitsu Academy In Austin, TX

    Gordon Ryan & Team Announce Plans To Open Jiu-Jitsu Academy In Austin, TX

    Jul 26, 2021

    Gordon Ryan announced on Instagram today that he intends to open a jiu-jitsu gym with his team in Austin, TX.
  3. Grappling Bulletin: Danaher Death Squad Announces Team Split

    Grappling Bulletin: Danaher Death Squad Announces Team Split

    Jul 26, 2021

    John Danaher released shocking news on his Instagram page yesterday, announcing the breakup of the Puerto Rico-based Danaher Death Squad.
  4. Gordon Ryan And John Danaher Seminar July 16th In Austin!

    Gordon Ryan And John Danaher Seminar July 16th In Austin!

    Jun 29, 2021

    The FloGrappling seminar series continues on Friday, July 16th, when the P4P king Gordon Ryan returns to teach another seminar, this time joined by DDS head coach John Danaher.
  5. The History of Heel Hooks

    The History of Heel Hooks

    Jun 2, 2021

    If you haven’t yet seen the most recent episode of the Joe Rogan podcast with John Danaher, download it and listen to it immediately after you’ve read this article. It’s an incredible insightful and interesting three-hour conversation that ranges from John’s coaching methods and thoughts on the growth of professional jiu-jitsu to Gordon’s medical issues and much, much more.
  6. Grappling Bulletin: The Fastest Subs on WNO, Plus The History of Heel Hooks

    Grappling Bulletin: The Fastest Subs on WNO, Plus The History of Heel Hooks

    Jun 1, 2021

    Well I certainly hope you enjoyed watching WNO last weekend as much as we did bringing it to you. It was a remarkable event with five out of nine matches ending via submission, and two matches ending quicker than most. Both the main and co-main event ended via heel hook, which we’ll discuss in depth later.
  7. Grappling Bulletin: Gordon Ryan on Joe Rogan, What Did We Learn?

    Grappling Bulletin: Gordon Ryan on Joe Rogan, What Did We Learn?

    May 3, 2021

    Don't forget to watch the Grappling Bulletin podcast, every Monday at 3:30pm ET. Watch it on FloGrappling.com or the app, or catch it LIVE on YouTube or Facebook.
  8. Johnny Tama And Oliver Taza Will Square Off At Who's Number One On March 26

    Johnny Tama And Oliver Taza Will Square Off At Who's Number One On March 26

    Mar 6, 2021

    Johnny Tama and Oliver Taza will join the Who’s Number One card on March 26 in a prelim match to be streamed live for free on FloGrappling’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
  9. Atos Shut Out DDS Athletes In 2020; Can They Continue Their Streak At WNO?

    Atos Shut Out DDS Athletes In 2020; Can They Continue Their Streak At WNO?

    Jan 27, 2021

    Atos and the Danaher Death Squad have been jousting for supremacy atop the no-gi scene for several years now. So it seems fitting to open 2021 with another installment of this intense rivalry in the main event at Who’s Number One.
  10. The Rear Triangle: Key Concepts Of Kaynan's New Weapon | Technique Showcase

    The Rear Triangle: Key Concepts Of Kaynan's New Weapon | Technique Showcase

    Dec 6, 2020

    Kaynan Duarte may have been testing out some new tricks during his double-gold medal run at No-Gi Pans in November. He submitted four of his five opponents, remarkably, with the same submission each time.
  11. John Danaher And The Entire DDS Will Join Gordon Ryan In Puerto Rico!

    John Danaher And The Entire DDS Will Join Gordon Ryan In Puerto Rico!

    Nov 23, 2020

    After the big news last week about how Gordon Ryan is moving to Puerto Rico, everyone wondered what the training situation would be like for the P4P #1 grappler on earth. It sounds like after Gordon, Nicky, Nat and Big Gord linked up with Mo Jassim down in Dorado, the entire Danaher Death Squad will be joining them shortly.
  12. Nicky Ryan And Ethan Crelinsten Promoted To Black Belt

    Nicky Ryan And Ethan Crelinsten Promoted To Black Belt

    Nov 2, 2020

    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.
  13. Dinosaurs, Danaher And Karate: Highlights Of GSP On The King Ryan Show

    Dinosaurs, Danaher And Karate: Highlights Of GSP On The King Ryan Show

    Apr 22, 2020

    UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre joined The King Ryan Show for its premiere episode, and it turned out just about as epic as you would expect with Gordon Ryan interviewing GSP. Our next episode on Thursday the 23rd will have Mario Lopez as the guest. I'll compile the highlights in this article, but first here is a link to the full episode:
  14. The Danaher Death Squad BodyBuilding & Nutrition Strategies

    The Danaher Death Squad BodyBuilding & Nutrition Strategies

    Apr 2, 2020

    Academies and competitors around the world are eager to adopt the winning formula behind the Danaher Death Squad. Today, John, Gordon and Nick give us a piece of that formula by sharing their bodybuilding and nutrition strategy.
  15. Is Garry Tonon The Most Exciting Grappler In The World?

    Is Garry Tonon The Most Exciting Grappler In The World?

    Nov 26, 2019

    Well, he’s gone and done it again. Every time Garry Tonon steps onto the mat, he consistently gives us a performance to remember. And this past weekend at Fight 2 Win 132 was no different. Whether he wins or loses, Garry Tonon is the type of athlete who leaves nothing in the tank — and for that, we should commend him. If it’s ADCC, Fight 2 Win or MMA Garry Tonon just might be the most exciting grappler we’ve ever seen.