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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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Team Training: Guard Retention

In order to have a good guard you need to be able to stop people from passing it. Of course if you move first you can attack first and make your Jiu-Jitsu training partners react to you, but if your opponent reacts first you need to be able to move in a way that puts the top Jiu-Jitsu player back in your guard. If you don’t have a way to recover your guard you will simply get passed and be continuously working out of bad positions. 

In this class we worked 2 different techniques recover the guard all involving hip movement and understanding angles. in Jiu-Jitsu you must fight for strong angles and this means using your grips to create blocks that prevent your opponent (in this case the top Jiu-Jitsu player) from simply running through your defenses. if you want to prevent your guard from being past you must move your hips in the correct direction to take away the top Jiu-Jitsu players advantage.

After we discussed how and why we need to move our hips we looked at how this movement can cause the top player to over commit in a rush to pass. The bottom bjj player can use this over commitment to his or her advantage which is a common theme in martial arts, using your opponents energy against them. In the first guard recover technique we worked turning the top players overcommitment of energy into a sweep and in the second we were able to transition into a triangle choke.