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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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CT BJJ Fundamentals: Knee on Belly Armbars

Last night during the Crossroads BJJ Fundamentals class we covered how to defend yourself when somebody grabs your throat with both hands. By understanding the 3 stages of combat and the possible dangers in each one we can then use that understanding to put ourselves in the position where we have the best chance to use our Jiu-Jitsu. In this class we worked creating distance between us and the attacker attempting to choke us. By creating distance we move ourselves out of range of the attackers punches and kicks and can then either run or close the distance on our own terms. In last nights class we used a front kick to close the distance and get into the clinch.

 

From the take down we drilled securing a stable side control position and then transitioning to the knee on belly position to drill a number of details on the armbar. Once you get into the armbar you need to secure the position, and then while keeping everything tight. Of course as always in bjj we never want to have to rely on strength to finish the technique, it is always better to switch to something easier. So we ended class with 3 options to submit your training partner from the position when they are successfully defending our first technique.