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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!

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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.

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Instructor is wonderful with kids. Very patient and has them engaged throughout the whole class time.

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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.

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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!

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All four of my children love it. Top notch instruction, warm and welcoming staff.

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Thursday Night Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Class – CT BJJ

Today during our Brazilian Jiu-jitsu class we started by warming up with a simple action-reaction drill moving between 3 BJJ style submissions, The arm-bar, triangle and omoaplata. As our opponent defends one submission we work to effortlessly to switch to the next submission without using strength. Drilling without using strength allows us to learn these techniques  in a way that will work for everybody, not just the strong or athletic. The second warm up drill was the elbow escape from the bottom of mount to the scissor sweep, this drill focuses on moving from the bottom position where we are in danger of strikes and submissions to the top position where we are safe from our opponents punches and can control the situation.
The technique portion of class focused on a variation of the elbow escape where we use our feet as hooks to control the distance between us and our training partner and then use that distance to move back to the guard. If you are new to Brazilian Jiu-jItsu the Guard is a position where even though we are under our training partner we can use our legs to control how our partner moves, by either keeping them very close where they can not generate enough force in there punches to hurt us, or far enough away where there punches can’t land because they are to far away.

The final technique of the class was a sweep. In Brazilian Jiu-jitsu a sweep is defined as anything that moves you from the bottom position to the top position. Today we worked the WheelBarrow sweep which is a sweep which we can implement when our training partner moves into us in an attempt to shut down our elbow escape. By moving into us our training partner creates momentum and we can blend with this energy to create the opportunity to sweep.

As always we finish the class with Controlled drilling and practicing the techniques we covered in class with increasing levels of resistance. In the technical portion of class we drill the techniques with the help of our training partners, making sure we know all the steps and working them into our muscle memory. However if we ever really need to use these techniques to defend ourselves or protect our family the attacker will not be cooperating. So it is extremely important that we practice these techniques with resistance, however it is almost impossible to go from 0 resistance to 100% resistance so the goal of our beginners class is to gradual add resistance in way that is comfortable but also expands that comfort zone. Each one of our drilling sessions is carefully designed to do just that, starting with a small amount of resistance and then building on that.

If you are in the New London Connecticut or Groton CT area and are interested in learning Brazilian or Gracie Jiu-Jitsu you are invited to come down to Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and watch or participate in a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Class Crossroads BJJ offers a free trial program for you to experience how easy and fun the Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Curriculum makes it to learn BJJ.

Dustin Rhodes
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
Head Instructor at Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
316 Boston Post Road
Waterford, CT
[email protected]
www.CrossroadsBJJ.com

Kano Jigoro->Mitsuyo Maeda->Carlos Gracie Sr.-> Carlos Gracie Jr. -> Carlos Machado -> Tim Burrill -> Dustin Rhodes