John Danaher is known as one of the best instructors in Jiu-Jitsu and MMA. The New Zealand born, BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie has been praised by the BJJ community as being a master and brain of the art.
Danaher is a highly intelligent individual, who has a Master degree in philosophy, and is totally focused on the evolution and improvement of Jiu-Jitsu. He is also the submission coach of none other than former UFC Welterweight Champion George Saint Pierre.
Danaher trains and teaches Jiu jitsu at Renzo Gracie’s Academy in New York where his students are among the all time great of the sport: 3x ADCC champion Gordon Ryan, Garry Tonon, Nicky Ryan, ADCC silver medalist Nick Rodriguez, etc…
Danaher has changed the way Jiu-Jitsu is being taught and being structured:
In this interview with London Real he talks about how he is preparing his squad ahead the much awaited ADCC which will be held in Las Vegas.
He says that up to now, they were focusing a lot on leglocks because nobody else was doing them , and that in 2021 they will bring in some new systems.
He also talks about spies in his squad and how it doesn’t bother them. He gives a great analogy using the Spartans as an example…