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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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Jiu-Jitsu CT: Holding Position

The most important thing you will ever learn in Jiu-Jitsu is the elbow escape. As a white belt learning to perform an elbow escape is what allows you to begin working on your own offense. Before you learn the elbow Jiu-Jitsu you are simply getting held down and submitted(unless you wrestled and are really good at rolling to your knees, but this gives up your back). 

There is a time when you first begin learning to use this technique in live sparring where you are able to get on your side but before you can move your hip you are flattened out. In order to elbow escape you must be able to get on your side and hold that position by adjusting the angle of your body to the ground, while maintaining good position with your arms and properly placing your feet on the mat. The second factor in staying on your side is the position you and your Jiu-Jitsu training partner are in when you begin to escape. If you do not properly pre-position yourself before you come up on your side maintaining the position is almost impossible. Once you are able to hold this position on your side finishing the escape becomes almost effortless.

Next time your in class ask me how to position your body, arms and legs to Not get flattened out, and if your not a student yet don’t worry we’ll get you up to speed! There’s is never a wrong time to start learning, if your not in shape, we will help get you there, if you don’t think you have the time Crossroads BJJ offers classes morning, noon and night. Located right off I-95 in Waterford, CT just minutes from Mitchell College, the University of Connecticut, and the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. Come down, try a class and See what Jiu-Jitsu is all about.