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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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Crossroads Martial Arts Curriculum: Lesson 7

The last several lessons have discussed what to do when we are put in a headlock from the standing position, and making sure when we bring the fight to the ground we land in the top position. In lesson 7 of the Crossroads Martial Arts Curriculum we discuss how to escape the position where we have landed on top but the attacker is still hanging onto our neck from the bottom position. Using technique to escape this hold is extremely important if we want to keep our neck from becoming injured, simply lifting up our heads will only allow the person on the bottom to hang their weight off of us causing us to strain our necks and become fatigued in the process. Instead we apply pressure to their neck and move parallel to the ground working against the weaker shoulder muscles. Once we have broken their grip we step over their body and move to a position called technical mount.

    The technical mount is a common position in sport BJJ as well as Street self defense and offers several ways to finish the fight via submission.  In lesson 7 of the Crossroads Martial Arts Curriculum we discuss two possible finishes from the position, the choke and the arm-bar. Another common attack from this position is flattening the bottom player to their stomach and taking their back(but we save this lesson for another day). Because we set up this position off of the headlock escape the bottom players arms are already out of position, making it very easy to put our hands in the proper position to finish the choke. Once somebody had been to Jiu-Jitsu for a few months they abandon attempting headlocks because of this very reason, you can not finish your opponent from the position and it leaves you very open to attacks. for this reason we also discuss methods of setting up the choke when your training partner keeps their arms in the proper position. 

    The other attack from the Technical mount is the arm bar and much like the choke because we are setting this up off of a failed headlock the bottom players arms are out of position making it easy for us to isolate the arm away from their body and position ourselves for the finish and for the same reason as above we discuss how to set up the arm bar when the bottom player keeps their arms in tight. The great thing about these two moves is that they are very easily linked together and once we can link them together fluidly it becomes easier to catch one of them successfully. Always remember in BJJ if you have to force a technique you aren’t doing jiu-jitsu. it is our goal to make our techniques work while feeling effortless.