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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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CT BJJ: understanding when to switch

One of the most common sayings in Jiu-Jitsu is “Technique over Strength”, this essentially means that you want to correctly position your body so that you are using the majority of your body both muscularity and structurally to attack or “weaken” your bjj training partners body. Over the last several weeks we have been working on understanding the open guard, specifically the spider guard. The spider guard is a great guard where you use your arms and legs to entangle our Jiu-Jitsu training partners upper body and from there work a number of different sweeps and submissions. However if our training partner begins to posture up and use good technique against us if we do not switch our position we will end up using an excessive amount of strength to keep the position and in most cases you end up losing the position anyway.

Starting with our spider guard drills in order to improve our movement we then began having the top Jiu-Jitsu player crowd us as they postured up. As the top player postures up driving in with their hip the position of our legs in the spider guard begins to weaken, it is in this case where we begin to switch to the De La Riva where you can use your legs to manipulate the position of the top Jiu-Jitsu players legs and cause them to fall. In today’s class we worked a very basic sweep that allowed us to come up to either a leg drag position or to knee on Belly passing the guard entirely. 

If you are interested in learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and live in the Groton / New London area near Connecticut College, Mitchell, the US Navy or US Coast Guard base check out our schedule, find a class that works for you and start learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu today! Crossroads BJJ located in Waterford, CT offers classes throughout the day so no matter what your schedule, you will always have time to train!