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Pat Matthews reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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Great instructor and students I highly recommended this school.

Cooper Johnson reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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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!

David Lane reviewed Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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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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BJJ CT: Passing the Guard

The guard, or more specifically the ability to defend yourself with your back on the ground is what makes Jiu-Jitsu so powerful and what has revolutionized the way we view the martial arts. Where before it was a common belief that once somebody was on the ground with their back on the mat that the fight was over, however Jiu-Jitsu has taught us that a person can not only protect themselves while thier back is on the ground they can also win.   

Because the legs are so powerful we must neutralize them in order to protect ourselves. in Jiu-Jitsu one way we can do this is by passing the Guard. In Jiu-Jitsu passing the guard is the term we use for getting around the legs, this improves your position and puts you in a place where you are able to control your opponent and they are unable to control you. Our first priority in passing the guard is not getting submitted, the second step to passing the guard is not getting swept. However, if we have to choose between the two it is better to get swept then submitted. 

In this mornings 6am Jiu-Jitsu class we worked on passing the closed guard. Knowing that it is more difficult for the bottom bjj player to submit us with only one hand we first trapped the bottom Jiu-Jitsu players arm, and then took away the remaining submissions by using our torso to pin them flat. From this position we were able to work to side control and then easily take mount while continuing to trap the bottom players arm.  One of the most powerful aspects of Jiu-Jitsu is the ability to control a resisting opponent. Not all self defense situations require punching or kicking a person. In some cases trying to physically harm the person is the exact opposite of what you want to do. Jiu-Jitsu gives you the ability to keep yourself safe while simply controlling a person so they can not harm you. 

If you are interested in learning more about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, simply click the Getting Started link and one of our coaches will answer any questions you may have. Located just  off I-95  only minutes away from Electric Boat and the u.s. Navy base in Groton, CT, and Connecticut College in New London,CT. Come down, try a free class and see how learning Jiu-Jitsu can change your life for the better!