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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!

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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Martial Arts: Defending yourself in bad positions

Training in the martial arts teaches you how to deal with bad situations and that is exactly what we did during Tuesday Nights Fundamentals class at Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Being on top in the Mounted Position gives you an incredible advantage in a street fight and in a BJJ competition. In the mounted position you have the ability to hit your opponent while the person on the bottom does not have the ability to hit you, the main goal of martial arts is to keep you safe, in this class we drilled how to escape from the mounted position going over 3 variations of the elbow escape with each one dealing with a different type of pressure from the top position. 

After escaping the mounted position we worked into closed guard, the closed guard gives us the angles and leverage required to be able to defend ourselves from the bottom during a fight or self defense situation. Once in the full guard we studied a gi choke and a brabo choke. These are two very strong chokes that work very well together allowing you to quickly transition between them and keep your bjj training partner stuck in a loop of defending your attacks. The sharper we get at linking attacks together the harder it will before our Jiu-Jitsu training partners to defend them, eventually they will over commit to a defense and have to tap. This is the idea of marital arts and brazilian jiu-jitsu, using intellect over strength to outsmart and eventually beat the stronger attacker.