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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: The Kneebar

Last Saturday at Crossroads BJJ we covered two sequences or “flows”, one from the feet and another from the ground. A flow is essentially a Jiu-Jitsu kata that allows us to drill techniques and see one possible way that these techniques can blend together. From the feet we covered 3 techniques, an arm drag, a defense to being lifted off the ground and a kneebar. In Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling the arm drag is an extremely powerful way to get behind somebody, where you gain the ability to control them while giving them no ability to attack you. For this reason you never want somebody on your back or behind you in a fight. From this position we demonstrated how little you need to lift somebody off of the ground to be able to off balance them and bring the fight to the ground on your terms, so understanding how to not get lifted off of the ground is essential in learning self defense. Once we defended the lift we switched to attacking the leg lock/knee bar. 

On the ground we covered how to stand up in somebodies guard, then we went on to cover how to stop somebody from standing up. Of course just because you know a technique does not mean you know it well enough to apply it on everybody in the gym or at a tournament. In a fight, anything can happen, if your timing is off the person may still be able to stand up in your guard and from that position you will need to know what to do. In this position with the top bjj player standing in our guard we covered a sweep and a submission for when the top player defends our sweep.

The goal of the Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Fundamentals class is to make sure you understand the basic philosophy of brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the idea of maximum effectiveness, minimal effort. If a technique is defended successfully we do not attempt to use all of our physical strength to try and make it work, we simply switch to a more suitable technique that requires less strength to achieve. In Jiu-Jitsu we always assume that the person we are fighting is bigger, stronger and faster than us.