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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.

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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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No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Staying Neutral

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gives us the ability to defend ourselves in the worst situations, but as we begin to improve in the Martial Arts we begin to recognize bad situations earlier and then we can prevent situations from going from bad to worse. In our No-Gi BJJ class this week we learned how to do this in the guard position. By recognizing the movements required for the bottom player to start an attack, either a sweep or submission we can que in on these initial movements and react sooner, before we are in a high risk scenario. 

In this No-Gi BJJ class we focused defending 3 of the more common ways a jiu-jitsu guard player will start to launch an attack. These 3 ways are breaking our posture, moving to open guard to start attacking with thier legs or to begin attacking our arms by getting the top player to over extend them. 

By regognizing the first movement that each attack requires we can work to shut the guard player down and prevent them from even getting started. By keeping ourselves in a neutral position we can spend more of our time working to pass the guard and less time defending submissions. This changes the tone of the match, when you are attacking you are winning, if you are actively passing the jiu-jitsu guard player must defend, if they are defending they are not attacking and if they are not attacking they can not beat you. This is the case of sonetimes the way defense is a good offense.