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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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CT BJJ: 6AM Jiu-Jitsu

Another great morning class in the books! For those students of Crossroads who aren’t afraid to wake up before the sun is up the 6AM BJJ class was an amazing way to start the day, and for those of us with busy work schedules and a family at home it may be the only time of the day we get a uninterrupted workout in. 

As always our 6AM classes start with a nice flow drill designed to get the blood moving, after a laying down all night and then sitting in the car on your way to class a good warm up is essential. In this weeks classes were working on a flow drill which links together the stack pass, taking mount, and the umpa or bump and roll escape. Both Jiu-Jitsu players cycle through these moves adding details and creating smooth transitions between the BJJ techniques. These drills also create an experience very similar to rolling but a little bit slower so our mind has time to process what is happening and we begin to learn how to think moves ahead which is essential in Jiu-Jitsu since Jiu-Jitsu is the triumph of intelligence over brute strength so we must learn how to think while we are rolling. 

Once everybody was warm we began with an introduction to open guard with an armbar attack. The main idea of this attack was to use our legs on the hips to create tension and then change angles and work to the submission. Creating tension with our legs stretches the top Jiu-Jitsu player out and breaks their posture making it much easier to work into the submission. After working the armbar we began working on how to deal with the top Jiu-Jitsu player resisting the armbar by pulling their arm back. In this particular class we dealt with them pulling the arm away by going with the flow, and helping them move their arm in the direction they wanted to pull it. this means when the top bjj player pulls the arm away I push it the way they are pulling and pin it to their body. this allows me to use my legs to break the posture and then work for a sweep or back to the original armbar. We finished the class off with 15 minutes of positional drilling working to make these techniques successful against a resisting opponent and then did some sparring to round out the class and make sure everybody got a good workout in.

In two weeks Crossroads will be moving to a new and improved location with over twice as much mat space, men and women’s locker rooms and showers. The new facility is going to be absolutely amazing and I can’t express how excited I am to move into a facility that will help people who’s busy schedules prevent them from training as often as they would like.