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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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Chaining BJJ No-Gi Submissions

One of reasons Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is so effective as a self defense art is you learn how to protect yourself in the most common street fight / self defense situations.    Carlos Gracie Sr. and his Brothers spent over 60 years refining and developing techniques that actually work effectively in real street fights before Brazilian Jiu-jitsu moved to America and eventually around the world. With an linage only 4 steps away from the founders of brazilian Jiu-jitsu you know you are getting the highest level of instruction at Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

    There are only so many different ways an attacker can grab onto you and the techniques taught in the Crossroads Curriculum teach you how to escape these so you will feel confident defending yourself . In lesson 3 cover how to escape a headlock when you are already on the ground with an attacker holding you down. By creating space on the bottom using proper mechanics we can use our entire body to generate enough power and momentum to escape the bottom position. 

    Once on top lesson two covers how to control somebody from the Side control position. The side control position is basically when somebody is laying on somebody’s chest while they are perpendicular to the person in the bottom positions. Some would argue that this is the most effective way to control somebody on the ground because there are only so many ways a person can get up and there are a large number of submission attacks from the top of side control.  

    One of these submission sequences from the top of side control allows you to switch between attacking the opponents shoulder and elbow. In lesson two you will learn how to move between the kimora, straight arm-bar and the american. Switching between submissions means you are not putting yourself in a strength vs. strength match. If you are trying to submit somebody much stronger than you and they power out of your submission attempt instead of trying to force the submission you can simply switch to the next one. 

    One of the best things about Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is that peoples reaction to defend one submission moves them directly into another submission. That is why drilling these sequences and understanding how they work is essential to your success as a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioner. 

Dustin Rhodes
Head Instructor Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
Judo Brown Belt
New London County CT