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Great instructor and students I highly recommended this school.

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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.

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!

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All four of my children love it. Top notch instruction, warm and welcoming staff.

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CT BJJ: Escapes and Submissions

In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu it is always position before submission, which basically means if you want to end a match or a self defense situation you need to first put yourself in a position where you can protect yourself from your opponents attacks while putting yourself in a position where you can control and attack them.

During our Saturday afternoon BJJ class we began by reviewing how to escape the mounted position using one of Jiu-Jitsu’s most commonly used techniques, the Elbow Escape.  The mount is one on the most dominant positions you can have in either s competition or a self defense situation so knowing how to escape is essential to your success in the martial art of brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. There are several variations of this escape and understanding when to use each one is extremely valuable.

After escaping the mount we began drilling the armbar from the closed guard. Drilling is one of the best ways to commit your Jiu-Jitsu techniques to your muscle memory so that when the time comes to use the technique you will not have to think about the individual steps of each technique and then miss your opportunity. After drilling the armbar we discussed how to stack the bottom bjj player in order to prevent them from finishing the technique. Defending the armbar from Guard requires excellent balance and timing therefore to successfully defend the armbar you must drill this defense until you do not hesitate.