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New Wave Jiu Jitsu – Coach John Danaher

New Wave Jiu Jitsu is a BJJ team based out of Austin Texas. The head coach is the famous John Danaher. John Danaher has managed famous athletes such as Gordon Ryan and Garry Tonon.

The team originated after the break up for the Danaher Death Squad. The break up led to the formation of two new teams, New Wave Jui Jitsu and B Team Jiu Jitsu.

B Team Jiu Jitsu is led by Nick Ryan, Ethan Crelinsten, Craig Jones and Nick Rodriguez.

New Wave Jiu Jitsu Members

John Danaher

John Danaher is a renowned BJJ coach with a 6th-degree black belt under Renzo Gracie. He has coached several successful grapplers, including Gordon Ryan, Nicky Ryan, and Garry Tonon.

Gordon Ryan – Co Lead at New Wave Jiu Jitsu

Gordon Ryan is a highly accomplished grappler, known as the “King of ADCC BJJ Grappling Championships.” He has won numerous titles, including the ADCC World Championship and IBJJF World No-Gi Championship.

John Danaher paid special attention to the training of Gordon Ryan and was a huge influence on his success in BJJ.


Garry Tonon – Co Lead at New Wave Jiu Jitsu

Garry Tonon is a black belt in BJJ and a heel hook expert. He has won championships such as the IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi and has transitioned to MMA, signing with ONE FC.

Giancarlo Bodoni

Giancarlo Bodoni is another talented grappler who joined New Wave Jiu-Jitsu. He achieved success by winning the ADCC World Championship and the IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship.

Why did the Danaher Death Squad (DDS) split?

The split of the Danaher Death Squad (DDS) in 2021, consisting of notable members like Garry Tonon, Eddie Cummings, Craig Jones, and Gordon Ryan, marked the end of an era in submission grappling.

Head coach John Danaher cited several reasons for their separation, including “physical conflicts” and “conflicting values.” One significant factor was the location of their future school, which would no longer be in the iconic blue basement of the Renzo Gracie Academy in NYC.

In addition to these reasons, John Danaher alluded to a “generational problem” as another underlying issue. He acknowledged the generation gap between him and his younger students, which led to differences in viewpoints and training approaches. Younger athletes, enjoying success and recognition, found it challenging to accept criticism and guidance from an older coach, creating tension and conflict within the team.

Ego was also discussed as a contributing factor to the split. While Danaher emphasized the importance of ego in driving competition and success, he acknowledged that managing and balancing egos among high-level competitors could be challenging, leading to disagreements and conflicts within the team. Despite the split, Danaher expressed hope for potential reconciliation in the future, emphasizing the strong bonds formed during their years together as a team.

New Wave Jiu Jitsu – a BJJ Fanatics Video

I recently had the opportunity to dive into John Danaher’s New Wave Jiu-Jitsu Bundle, and I must say, it’s nothing short of a game-changer for anyone passionate about Jiu-Jitsu. With this bundle, you’re not just learning techniques; you’re embarking on a transformative journey through the world of Jiu-Jitsu under the guidance of one of the sport’s most revered coaches.

What struck me the most about this bundle is the sheer depth of content it offers. With NINE instructionals spanning a multitude of hours, John Danaher leaves no stone unturned.

New wave Jiu Jitsu provides a comprehensive understanding of the latest techniques. It’s like having a personal mentor right in your living room, breaking down every move and strategy in intricate detail.

One aspect that truly sets this bundle apart is its focus on modern techniques, tournament-tested by John’s own students.

You’ll not only learn how to escape from tricky situations but also fortify your open guard, dominate from the top, and unlock the full potential of the New Wave Half Guard. John’s three-direction system for the half guard is a revelation, helping you conserve energy, off-balance opponents, and secure sweeps effortlessly.

In essence, this bundle is a treasure trove of knowledge that can elevate your Jiu-Jitsu game. John Danaher’s expertise shines through in every instructional, making it clear why he’s considered one of the best coaches and instructors in the field.

So, if you’re looking to know more and win more in the world of Jiu-Jitsu, I wholeheartedly recommend investing in the COMPLETE New Wave Jiu-Jitsu Bundle—it’s a decision that will undoubtedly revolutionize your Jiu-Jitsu journey.

New Wave Jiu Jitsu Team pulls out of Quintet 4

The whole team pulled out of the competition Quintet 4 which is a bizarre move from the team.

John Danaher was quick to respond, citing that the team pulled out because one member could not compete. New Wave Jiu Jitsu team were quickly replaced by B-Team Jiu Jitsu in the competition.

New Wave Jiu Jitsu Gym

The New Wave Jiu Jitsu team have not yet opened their own Gym. B Team took over the location of Gracie Humaita when NWJJ moved out.

If they are in the process of opening their own gym however, it could take some time as they will need to pass inspections. These health and safety inspection could take up to a year by themselves.

We will no doubt see a flagship gym opening for the New Wave Jiu Jitsu team.

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