Gordon Ryan has been training Jiu-Jitsu for well over a decade and has been sparring with some of the best grapplers on the planet for as long as he can remember, but he’s only just experienced being choked out for the very first time. This might seem surprising to most, seeing as it’s actually quite a common experience among those who practice Jiu-Jitsu. Over a long enough timeframe almost everyone gets put to sleep at some point either due to stubbornness and refusing to tap, or maybe just due to a choke coming on a lot quicker than originally thought.
Of course, Gordon Ryan is no ordinary grappler and given that he’s the commonly regarded as the greatest no gi grappler on the planet, he doesn’t ever really get caught in deep chokes in competition. Because of that Gordon Ryan has definitely never been choked out in competition, or even come anywhere near it. Still, Ryan and the rest of the team training under John Danaher at New Wave Jiu-Jitsu are known for consistently putting themselves into bad or difficult positions in training in order to work out from them. It’s good practice for training in fact, primarily because athletes need exposure to the worst situations possible on a regular basis so that they’re used to recovering from them when they eventually find themselves there in competition.
It’s unclear how the situation actually came about, but Gordon Ryan was choked out in training by one of his younger training partners, Davis Asare. Asare might not be particularly well-known in the professional Jiu-Jitsu world just yet, but he’s already turning into a fantastic competitor with the potential to do big things in the future. He’s already competing on professional shows like Submission Underground 81, and he still has plenty of time left to develop and improve ahead of the trials events for ADCC 2024 if he chooses to attempt them.
Gordon Ryan announced the news that he was choked out in training for the very first time in his life by Davis Asare in a post to his official Instagram account: