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Pat Matthews reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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Great instructor and students I highly recommended this school.

Cooper Johnson reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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Had a great time with the folks at crossroads BJJ gym. I'm a visitor from out of town and the welcomed me in. No attitudes nothing but friendly folks! Their professor Dustin Rhodes is very knowledgeable and inviting. I got a chance to roll with him and even though he could shut me down with every move you was light and respectful of my abilities. This is reflected in his students. Not one meathead in the bunch �. Any way, top notch. Thanks for letting me train with you all!

David Lane reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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Cool men and women that enjoy learning and helping one another get better. Quality of instruction is very good, and it’s obvious that a lot of care is put into the development of the trainees. Nothing is free so you’ll have to put in the time on the mats to progress. Be prepared to discover the many stages of white belt. Great exercise and a lot of fun learning a useable skill that not many people out there know.

Lynne Black Hagerty reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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Instructor is wonderful with kids. Very patient and has them engaged throughout the whole class time.

Anthony Azanon reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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Crossroads BJJ is an excellent place for anyone with zero experience to more advanced. The classes are thought by people who are willing to help you out throughout the learning process and understand the importance of the basics in other to develop cohesive and fundamental grappling skills. Also, the classes vary from a larger group to more intimate sessions. So, there is really nothing to be afraid of; Crossroads BJJ in CT has you covered.

Fiona Mortell reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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Dustin’s instruction is high level and detailed, everyone is extremely welcoming, and the gym is beautiful. It was an excellent visit and I definitely recommend Crossroads!

Delilah Waskiewicz reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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All four of my children love it. Top notch instruction, warm and welcoming staff.

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How to Get Good at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

How to Get Good at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

After Training martial arts for over 13 years and over 10 years in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, I have realized that there are several factors involved in getting good at Brazilian jiu-jitsu and grappling including who you train with, and how long you have been training. The first part of this is the easy part. The only way to get smarter is to expose yourself to a smarter opponent. If you want to excel in anything, you have to surround yourself with experts in that field. So if you want to become an excellent Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioner, you have to train with the best Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioners around. The second part of the equation, time, is the hard part. In order to get good at jiu-jitsu you need to put your time in on the mat.

At Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, mat time consists of three things: Instruction, Drilling, and Sparring.

Instruction means having a qualified instructor explain and demonstrate the techniques of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. A good coach should be able to articulate the techniques he or she is performing, while exlpaining how the perticular technique is placed into an overall strategy to be used when sparring. They should also be able to tell you why the technique works.

The next aspect of mat time is drilling. Drilling means repeating the same technique with increasing levels of resistance, until you feel comfortable enough to add it into your sparring and use it against a partner who is giving you 100 percent resistance. At Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, the end of each instructional class is spent drilling the techniques we have been covering over the last class or several classes.

The third part of mat time is sparring. Sparring makes up about 50% of what you learn in Brazilian JIu-jitsu. It allows you to see the holes in your techniques, and where you need to tighten things up. Sparring is where you improve your balance, timing, and where you learn to remain calm under pressure. Constant sparring is what makes Brazilian Jiu-jitsu the most effective martial art on the planet. It is also what will get you into incredible shape. If you’re thinking about learning Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and you live in the Southern Connecticut area, come down to Crossroads BJJ and put some mat time in!

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