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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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Opening the Closed Guard In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Tonight during our Team Training BJJ class we began working on opening the closed guard from the standing position. In order to be a well rounded jiu-jitsu player you need to be able to pass the guard from both standing and the knees and the same goes for breaking the closed guard. In BJJ breaking the guard means making the person unlock or uncross their legs from around your hops. 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ has so many techniques and is evolving so quickly that you need to have more than one way to open the guard. If you can only break the closed guard from the knees that may work in your gym, however at a tournament where people have different games your opponent may be very good at defending those guard breaks, so you will need to vary your approach and become more unpredictable.

In todays class we focused on maintaining the proper angle when in the closed guard when we are on our knees and then achieving the dominant gripping. In Brazilian Jiu-jitsu details make the difference and if we can begin our control with the grips we can prevent a number of possible attacks. Once standing we discuss how to apply pressure with our legs and hips to jam the guard player and force them to open there guard. Once the we open the guard we maintain our pressure and move to consolidate side control.