Helena Crevar is one of the top young talents in the BJJ world right now, and the 15 year-old has just moved to Austin, Texas to train under John Danaher and Gordon Ryan at New Wave Jiu-Jitsu. Although she is still years away from her athletic peak, she will no doubt be an incredibly valuable addition to the team. In fact, Danaher has been very open in the past about the fact that he has never produced a female world champion and that it is the only achievement that has eluded him as a coach. He has explained that he does have a strong female presence in the gym but he never pushes people to compete and as a result, he hasn’t ended up with many female competitors.
With Crevar joining the team at New Wave Jiu-Jitsu, that’s all about to change. She’s already an incredibly prolific competitor in the child and teenage divisions, having won a Fight 2 Win teen title and multiple IBJJF Pans titles in different age divisions. While Crevar is obviously one of best teenage competitors on the planet, she has also already started making the transition to adult competition too. Crevar has also won a Fight 2 Win adult brown belt title despite being just a blue belt at the time of writing, and she managed to come away with a bronze medal in the adult 65kg division of the ADCC Open earlier in 2022.
Helena Crevar already has a phenomenal amount of competitive BJJ experience and she has even faced the very best women on the planet like Elisabeth Clay and Nathalie Ribeiro, so a move to New Wave Jiu-Jitsu could be just the thing she needs to propel her to the top of the mountain. She currently sits just outside the top 5 in her weightclass with only a few weeks left until her 16th birthday, and it seems to be almost a certainty that Crevar manages to make that final leap in competition over the next few years.
The news that Helena Crevar was moving to Austin, Texas to train at New Wave Jiu-Jitsu alongside John Danaher and the no gi BJJ goat Gordon Ryan was announced in a post to her official Instagram account: