The Danaher Death Squad, which once was a training and competition unit led by John Danaher, ended on Monday. Jones announced who he is now moving to train with, former member, which includes Ethan Crelinstein, Nick Rodriguez and Gordon Ryan’s younger brother Nicky Ryan.
On the same day, Gordon Ryan also announced a major change in his life – that he would be moving to Austin, TX where he plans to open up his own jiu-jitsu school.
Ryan, considered the biggest star of grappling and one of DDS’ most experienced fighters, has also made it clear through social media that he hopes to follow Danaher wherever the latter goes.
Now it’s been announced that Gordon Ryan and John Danaher will setup a combined team, known as New Wave Jiu-Jitsu, obviously a stab at the “new wave” of the team.
The team will consist of original DDS members Gordon, Ryan, Garry Tonon & John Danaher. Oliver Taza has also announced that he will be joining the team and following Danaher wherever he goes.
There has been no announcement regarding the location of the gym, but it’s likely to be a large facility that will rival some of the biggest teams in the world.
The Danaher Death Squad was formed in 2007, when John Danaher, a BJJ blackbelt under Renzo Gracie who has trained with many of the best grapplers in history such as Marcelo Garcia, Ricardo Almeida and Eddie Bravo developed one their most elite training groups consisting of Garry Tonon, Gordon Ryan and Eddie Cummings.
The DDS made headlines for their active competition schedules which were a big contrast to most teams that focus on just training. The squad regularly competed in various super fight events.