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Great instructor and students I highly recommended this school.

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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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CT BJJ: Winning Small Battles

In Jiu-Jitsu getting a submission means first you have to secure a dominant position but before you can secure a dominant position you must first win a series of small battles with in whatever position you happen to be fighting from. 

In Saturdays Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ( BJJ ) class we demonstrated this idea for the half guard, specifically the upper body control you need to achieve and maintain before you can work any positional advancement. in order to pass half guard you need to achieve an underhook, this particular arm position allows us to keep the bottom Jiu-Jitsu player stuck which makes it much more difficult to stop our guard pass. Once we pinned the bottom Jiu-Jitsu player to the mat we are then free to clear our legs and move to either side control or mount. 

The bottom BJJ player has the same battle, he or she must fight for the underhook to avoid being pinned, achieving the underhook allows the bottom Jiu-Jitsu player to remain mobile which provides a number of oppertunities to improve position. In Saturdays Jiu-Jitsu class we drilled two techniques for the bottom player, how to move to your opponents back and how to sweep when the back take is defended.  

In this bjj class all four techniques we covered started from one small detail, getting the underhook. Without that underhook neither Jiu-Jitsu player would have the control required to be efficient with the application of their technique and if you are not conserving energy in a match you will fatigue, and if you fatique first, you will lose.