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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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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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The Crossroads Curriculum: Lesson 32

Lesson 32 of the Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Curriculum starts from a very common position in a self defense situation on the ground, you have taken the attacker to the ground and are on top of them in a strong position, the attacker then panics and grabs on your head in an attempt to roll you over and get on top. The most important thing in this position is to stay on top and secure your position. Brazilian jiu-jitsu’s ( BJJ) main strategy is Position before Submission which means that we always prioritize staying on top before attempting a submission or even worse panicking and making a mistake that cost you a powerful position. This is one of the main goals a new student in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu should have, staying calm when rolling. Staying calm will help you follow the rules of bjj and develop strategies for advancing your position and setting up submission chains. When escaping the headlock from the top position the strategy is to stay on top and then using leverage and body position we can break the grip of the headlock. 

    We continue on the ground working from escapes from the bottom of side control. Knowing how to escape this is essential to building confidence in your jiu-jitsu. If you can not escape from the bottom it will be very difficult to develop confidence in your attacks in the top position. When you begin attacking submissions during live sparring you make mistakes and end up losing position. If overtime this happens you get stuck on the bottom of side control for the rest of the match you will hesitate when attacking. In lesson 32 of the Crossroads Curriculum we cover the escape to turtle, which can lead to some very powerful turn overs to put you in the top position, or can be used as a set up to the standard elbow escape to move you to the guard position. 

    The risk of using the turtle escape is that the top player has a number of submissions and positional attacks. Lesson 32 covers the clock choke from the top position to demonstrate that. The clock choke uses the bottom players gi to force them to tap, however the player onto has to maintain a certain angle in order to achieve enough pressure to effectively apply the submission. If the bottom player can avoid that position he can successfully avoid the choke and begin working to improve his position. We see that shown in this lesson through the single leg take down from the turtle, a technique that the bottom player can use to reverse the position andmove to the top of side control. By controlling the top players leg you can force him to have to sit on his butt. This is done through technique based on understanding how the knee and hip joint work together.