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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!

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All four of my children love it. Top notch instruction, warm and welcoming staff.

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CT BJJ Crossroads Martial Arts: Lesson 14

In lesson 14 of the Crossroads Martial Arts Curriculium we start with learning how to defend somebody grabs you from behind. This is a very dangerous position to find yourself in because the attacker has the ability to lift you off your feet and throw you to the ground. In this position it is imperative that you drop in base and lower your center of gravity and break the grip of the person who has grabbed you so that they can not control your how you move. Once you have broken the grip you can then move to improve your position and work to control the fight.

On the ground we start Lesson 14 of the Crossroads Martial Arts Curriculium starts from the half guard position commonly referred to as the knee shield guard or the z-guard. This is a position where you are fighting off of your back and use your knee to control the space between you and your partner to prevent them from passing your guard or in a self degense situation prevent the person on top from punching you. In BJJ distance management is essential still to being able to fight off your back effectively.

From the bottom of the knee shield guard we took advantage of the person on top reaching diehard to far,  from this mistake we transition from playing a defense guard to being more offensive and taking the back with an arm drag. By moving to the back we have moved from being on the bottom of a fight to being on top where our training partner has no way to arm us. This idea is the core strategy of bjj and is what separates it from other martial arts. Once we have improved our position we go over the mata Leo choke, the strongest submission in BJJ

If you are interested in learning more about what brazilian Jiu-jitsu is all about while getting in great shape and having an awesome time doing it stop by our “getting started” page and learn everything you need to know about coming down and checking out a BJJ class for yourself. If you live in CT and haven’t come down to check out Crossroads BJJ don’t wait another day, come down, try a class and see how much fun learning BJJ really is.