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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.

Lynne Black Hagerty reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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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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CT’s Best BJJ : The Stack Pass

Over the last month at the Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team training classes we have been working to build a guard passing system. A system takes a number of techniques and links them together in an intelligent and gives you a though process on when you select each technique within that system. 

In previous classes we have been working to break the closed guard from the standing position and then work to neutralize the legs and work towards either a compression pass or two passes where we work to move down the center. However in BJJ even the best laid plans can fall short. Because in BJJ your training partners will always be working to resist your jiu-jitsu techniques in an effort to apply their own. In a competition or a fight, nobody wants to lose, and because of this they will do everything in their power to win. Because the person you are grappling with wants to win, you must be prepared for what they will do to stop you. In this case we could not neutralize the legs because the person was keeping their leg too high, so we exploit the leg being to high and use that to pass the guard with a stack pass. 

The last technique of the class was the double stack pass. This is when again your training partner tries to block your pass to one side, so instead of trying to bully through the position we instead switch directions, taking a more open path. Jiu-jitsu is all about doing what is easy, and efficient. It makes no sense to use all your strength and stamina to get to a position that does not end the fight. We must always train with the idea that our opponent or attacker will be bigger, faster and stronger than us. We must train in a way that neutralizes those attributes and does so in a way that does not require us to expend our own resources. 

If learning how to really defend yourself in a fight is something that interests you or you are just looking for a fun way to get in shape with a group of great people who will help you achieve your goals, stop by Crossroads BJJ in Waterford Connecticut. We are New London Counties longest running black belt school and we are here to help you achieve your goals, self defense, fitness, or just something new to do, we are here to help.