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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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6AM Jiu-Jitsu

This morning at Crossroads BJJ’s 6am jiu-jitsu class we continued working from the closed guard with this class focusing on two sweeps and how to transition to the kimora or shoulder lock if the top jiu-jitsu player defends the sweep. 

One of the main focuses from inside the closed guard is breaking the posture. Breaking the posture in Jiu-Jitsu means that you are preventing the top bjj player from both striking you or from improving their position by passing the guard. Because this is one of the main goals of the closed guard the top player will often times lean back to far in-order to prevent being pulled forward, so if we can not pull them forward we will push them backwards following one of the main concepts of jiu-jitsu, using your opponents energy and movement against them. 

After drilling the sweep from the closed guard we started to discuss what to do when the top Jiu-Jitsu player defends the sweep by leaning back into us. Of course this allows us to break the posture which was our original goal, but we can also start using the broken posture to form our own attacks. In this class our attack was the kimora and the arm drag. Depending on which side of the body our Jiu-Jitsu training parter puts there hand down on will determine the technique we use. If they keep one arm on each side of the body we begin to look for the kimora and if they put both hands down on the same side of our body we begin to set up an arm drag.

Having a system of techniques that we have drilled over and over again reduces the amout of time our brain requires to select a technique. In this case we have an answer no matter where the top Jiu-Jitsu player puts his hands and with this knowledge and proper drilling we are not hesitating thinking about which technique we should be using, we simply react.