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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.

Anthony Azanon reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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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.

Fiona Mortell reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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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!

Delilah Waskiewicz reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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All four of my children love it. Top notch instruction, warm and welcoming staff.

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BJJ in CT : Getting to the position

Tonight in our BJJ Team Training class at Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in Southeastern CT we discussed and drilled the finer points of escaping the side control position. In jiu-jitsu being stuck under side control means you have to be aware of a number of possible attacks to your arms, legs and neck. These attacks could either be to gain additional control over you, making it much harder to escape or to submit you. Typically the top player will first look to gain additional control over you and then use that control to work to a submission. 

There are several different side control escapes that every student learns in our Fundamentals of Jiu-jitsu class at Crossroads BJJ however at a higher level the challenge becomes getting our bodies into the correct position to actually perform these escapes. If we are not in the correct position the top player will be able to exploit mistakes and make our situation worse. Tonight in our BJJ Gi Team Training class we covered how to maintain a strong defensive position starting from being flat on your back. From this position we discussed how to get onto your side where you are considerably more mobile and from there how to determine which escape you should choose. 

understanding how to move so that you don’t make your situation worse is a huge aspect of escaping. Just because you are in side control does not mean you are in the correct position to escape side control. To escape your first your arms, legs and head must all be properly positioned. If you can achieve this the escapes come much easier.

If you are interested in learning more about BJJ and live in CT, come down and get started with one of  Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-jitsu’s Fundamentals classes. Learn the basics of self defense and ground fighting while getting in great shape and having a great time doing it.