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John Danaher - The Philosophy Of Martial Arts: The Man Who Inspired Me To Learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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One Of The Best BJJ Coaches In A Generation

John Danaher is widely regarded as one of the most important Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coaches of his generation.

John Danaher is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) black belt under Renzo Gracie and an instructor at Renzo’s academy in New York City, who is widely regarded by within the grappling community as one of the best coaches of his generation.

Praised by some of the prime figures in combat sports such as mixed martial arts (MMA) guru Greg Jackson and Jiu-Jitsu legend Vinícius Draculino for his knowledge and teaching capabilities, Danaher is best known for his work with athletes such as Georges Saint PierreGarry TononGordon Ryan and Eddie Cummings known among BJJ fans as the Danaher Death Squad (DDS).

John Danaher is widely regarded as one of the most important Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coaches of his generation, and the man who inspired me to take up the sport. In this exclusive London Real interview, he talks about his philosophy of martial arts, his impact on BJJ and what’s next for this beacon of the sport.

John Danaher is a BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie and an instructor at Renzo’s academy in New York City, who is widely regarded within the grappling community as one of the best coaches of his generation.

Praised by some of the prime figures in combat sports such as mixed martial arts guru Greg Jackson and Jiu-Jitsu legend Vinícius Draculino for his knowledge and teaching capabilities, Danaher is best known for his work with athletes such as Georges Saint Pierre, Garry Tonon, Gordon Ryan and Eddie Cummings known among BJJ fans as the Danaher Death Squad.

John Danaher was born on September 30, 1967, in Washington D.C., and grew up in New Zealand. Known for his keen intellect and analytical mindset, Danaher initially pursued studies in philosophy. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Columbia University and went on to earn a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Auckland. His background in philosophy would later intersect with his passion for martial arts, shaping his unique approach to coaching.

John Danaher’s journey in martial arts began with the study of Judo during his teenage years. Later, he transitioned to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, becoming an influential figure in the sport. Trained by the legendary Renzo Gracie, Danaher became known for his analytical approach to BJJ and his ability to break down complex techniques into systematic components.

John Danaher’s coaching career took off when he joined the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City. His systematic and analytical approach to teaching BJJ quickly gained attention. Danaher’s classes became known for their emphasis on technical precision, strategic thinking, and a deep understanding of grappling principles.

One of John Danaher’s most significant contributions to BJJ is his role in popularising and systematising leg locks. He developed a systematic approach to attacking the lower limbs, particularly the legs, revolutionising the way practitioners approach submissions. Danaher’s emphasis on leg locks has influenced a new generation of BJJ athletes and transformed the landscape of submission grappling.

In addition to his technical contributions to BJJ, John Danaher’s background in philosophy has influenced his teaching style. Known for his articulate explanations and deep insights, Danaher combines philosophical principles with practical application in his instruction. His approach helps students grasp complex concepts, fostering a deeper understanding of the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

John Danaher’s impact extends beyond the gym and competition mats. He has authored articles and spoken at seminars, sharing his insights on martial arts, philosophy, and the intersection of the two. His ability to articulate complex ideas has garnered him a reputation as a thought leader in the martial arts community.

John Danaher’s influence on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the martial arts community is undeniable. His coaching methods, emphasis on technical precision, and innovative approach to leg locks have left an indelible mark. The ongoing success of his students, the Danaher Death Squad, attests to the enduring impact of his teachings.

John Danaher’s journey from philosophy scholar to martial arts mastermind exemplifies the fusion of intellect and physicality. His contributions to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, particularly in the realm of systematic coaching and the leg lock revolution, have reshaped the landscape of submission grappling. As an instructor, philosopher, and influential figure in the martial arts community, John Danaher’s legacy continues to inspire practitioners worldwide, demonstrating the transformative power of analytical thinking and a relentless pursuit of excellence on the mat.

Chapters

0:00 | John Danaher introduction
1:42 | New York City London Real introduction
2:17 | Brian Roses’ introduction
6:16 | John Danaher talks about how athletes react to stress before competitions
12:00 | John discusses how pre-fight routines help win fights
13:20 | John talks about living in accordance to Kaizen
17:56 | John discusses the length of time it takes for someone to become a top level athlete
21:12 | Brian Rose talks about his heroin overdose, 9/11, and finding jiu jitsu
26:29 | John Danaher talks about his teacher Renzo Gracie
43:53 | John discusses how Renzo asked him to write a book on Brazilian jiu jitsu and then later coach
54:53 | John talks about the coaching mindset
1:11:00 | Brian Rose asks John when he created his coaching method
1:27:27 | John discusses the Japanese history of jiu jitsu
1:31:19 | John talks about the main 6 submission holds he teaches
1:48:18 | John discusses George Saint Pierre’s fighting style
1:57:37 | John Danaher talks about the origin of the Danaher Death Squad
2:12:00 | John discusses Gordon Ryan’s success
2:23:00 | Brian Rose and John Danaher discuss Conor McGregor and charisma
2:32:45 | John talks about releasing his method and systems to the world
2:41:00 | John discusses his future
2:43:43 | Brian Rose sums up

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