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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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Crossroads BJJ Team Training: Armbars

Last night during our BJJ Team Training we added several details to a basic sequence of techniques inorder to make them easier to apply.  The main technique of this class was the armbar from the bottom of Guard. The guard is what makes BJJ different from other martial arts, assuming that the fight does not end once you are put on your back. If nobody is coming to save you, you must learn to defend yourself in all positions, even on your back a position where you are actually very vulnerable to being punched you need to know what to do. It is not enough to simply say “I wouldn’t get there” because you never know what could happen in a fight, or even in a BJJ competition. One of the first submissions you learn in jiu-jitsu is the arm-bar, however in this class we added details to know when you should attack the armbar from the bottom and when your training partners hand positions will make attacking the arm only an opportunity for them to pass. 

After attacking the armbar we went into the BJJ Top players most common defense and how to capitalize on that movement and use it to our advantage to take the back. From this postion we discussed a simple method of effectively controlling the arm and eventually trapping it with our legs. By trapping the arm when you have pack control you leave your opponent only one hand to defend and make applying the choke that much easier. In jiu-jitsu if I can take away your tools I have a much better chance for success.