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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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The Crossroads Martial Arts Curriculum: Lesson 28

Using the strongest parts of your body against the weakest parts of your opponents body is one of the most commonly known themes of the grappling martial arts which include throwing arts like Judo, and Wrestling, and ground fighting arts like catch wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. The neck is a fairly weak series of joints when compared to the strength of the legs muscles. In Lesson 28 of the Crossroads Martial Arts Curriculum we work to escape from the bottom position when we are in headlock, and use the knowledge that the neck is not a particularly strong area of the body and use our legs to help us escape.  

    On the ground we work a very power shoulder lock called the omoplata. This submission continues a common theme in this lesson of using the legs to attack while on the ground. In jiu-jitsu who ever moves better has a significant advantage, and to get better at moving you have to drill. We drill a very common entry to the omoplata. The omoplata is a great technique because you can use it as both a submission and a sweep depending on our arm placement. Once we understand how to get to the submission we work to flatten our opponent and then discuss how to finish the submission. 

    Lesson 28 of the Crossroads Martial Arts Curriculum ends with 2 escapes from the omoplata depending on when recognize that a submission is being made. These are also two of the more common escapes used in BJJ tournaments. By Drilling the more common escape attempts you are more prepared if you ever want to compete. The best escapes put you in a better position after you escape, but to do this you must react without thinking. If you think about how to perform the mechanics of a technique the time to have used them will have past. In a self defense situation or in a BJJ tournament you must react without thinking about the individual steps of each technique, the more you practice any technique the sooner you will recognize when to use it.