Candidates for Belt Promotion – December 2017



  1. Danielle Bird
  2. Sophie Graham
  3. Adam Atwi
  4. Grayson Gulliver
  5. Rafic Atwi
  6. Morgan Molloy
  7. Kayden Richardson
  8. David Pedersen
  9. Reed Kaiser
  10. Nya Mjolsness
  11. Ethan Flaman
  12. Jacob Bird
  13. Kaylee Morrison
  14. Kane Mahe
  15. Luisa Resende
  16. Eva Auld
  17. Aavry Pertnisch
  18. Jack Jozicki
  19. Morgan Kozicki
  20. Josef Weimann
  21. Kane Gulliver
  22. Presley Black


  1. Victoria Howdle
  2. Abel Pernitsch
  3. Brogan Ratcliffe
  4. Zane Deering
  5. Jack Barbeau
  6. Ford Robinson
  7. Caleb Vogel
  8. Damon Carter
  9. Jake Belkin (ATA MA)
  10. Mardin Barazandeh (ATA MA)
  11. Bobby Smith (ATA MA)
  12. Benjamin Villaluna (ATA MA)
  13. Victor Chaves (ELITE)
  14. Adam Slywka (ELITE)
  15. Madison Slywka (ELITE)


  1. Jarek Stelmach
  2. Eli Boucher
  3. Maisie Robinson
  4. Isabella Pernitsch
  5. Annabella Vogel
  6. Julian Southworth


  1. Logan Boucher
  2. Tristan Green


  1. Ivan Ferraira
  2. Andrew Beliveau
  3. Ron Richardson
  4. Tyler Cubrillo
  5. Roberto Requena
  6. Keith Falk
  7. Eric Liknes
  8. Brody Blumhagen
  9. Chris MacDougal
  10. Omeid Dashty
  11. Omar Rafique (ELITE)
  12. Tom Davies (ELITE)


  1. Caleb Boucher
  2. Geoffrey Myers
  3. Shau Lietz
  4. Elliot Lewis


  1. Adrien Prince
  2. Carlos Graca
  3. Lucas Giovenardi
  4. Brad Butt
  5. Barry de Seguin



  1. Aiden Letourneau
  2. Riley Baker
  3. Conor Baker
  4. Kellen Porter
  5. Sophia Hirschfield
  6. Rylee Henderson
  7. Jack Kozicki
  8. Morgan Kozicki
  9. Josef Weimann
  10. Kane Gulliver
  11. Presley Black


  1. Justin Auld
  2. Lincoln Deyette
  3. Sean Woo
  4. Mark Black
  5. Caleb Boucher
  6. Sheldon Gatrell
  7. Keiva Russell
  8. Romair Dela Cruz
  9. Teryn Mitchell


  1. Yasmin Brown


  1. Angeline Ratcliffe
  2. Caleb Warford


  1. Tyler Cubrillo
  2. Doug Seidl

7 reasons to enroll your children into martial arts in Spruce Grove


Art camps, dance programs, and sports activities all provide exceptional benefit to your child. However nothing provides the most amount of long-term investment like martial arts. Combining both mental and physical improvements to a child’s development, many parents in Spruce Grove turn to Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for its popularity and benefits. Here are 7 reasons why martial arts in Spruce Grove is your best choice for your child or children.

It’s a confidence builder

Nothing brings a strong level of confidence to a child like empowering them with the skills and knowledge of martial arts. It’s one of the best reasons to enroll – we’ve seen shy and quiet kids break out of their shell by learning and applying techniques. Conditioning allows your child to focus better and perform under pressure, giving them the necessary tools to improve themselves mentally. It’s more than just throws and sweeps.

It’s a positive experience

Choosing the right club is important; you’ll want them to grow in a safe and friendly environment. A positive lasting experience is important, so take advantage of tours and free trials to make sure it’s the right fit for your family. Fortunately, most martial arts gyms in Spruce Grove provide a positive environment – but we’re a bit partial to ours of course.

Martial arts IS teamwork

Contrary to popular belief, martial arts isn’t just a one-on-one sport. Learning techniques and practice requires exceptional teamwork and communication. Reaching the next belt class isn’t a race amongst your peers – everyone is looking to help each other succeed. Plus, there’s something powerful about having your club’s badge on your gi.

Community is everything

The Spruce Grove community is very active and fun, which is why martial arts programs extend beyond the gym. Park demonstrations for self-defense to summer kids camps provide excellent opportunities for your child to grow in all aspects. It’s a vibrant community to join!

Keeps your children active and fit

TV, iPads, PS4’s – everything is keeping your child physically inactive. It’s time to balance that out by letting them release their physical energy with a martial arts class. Keeping your kid healthy and active provides obvious long-term benefits, and martial arts is easily one of the best choices for keep them in shape. And just in case you’re wondering: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo are some of the most safest martial arts disciplines available. Let them learn with confidence.

Say goodbye to bullying

The best kind of self-defense is the prevention of conflict. Judo is known for its fantastic bully-proof techniques, allowing smaller individuals to not only understand how to avoid a fight, but will protect themselves against larger peers. No striking necessary. Besides, what bully would want to mess with your kid when they know they have their Judo belt!

The largest BJJ gym in Canada right in Spruce Grove

That’s right: the largest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym is right here in Spruce Grove. With over 2200 square feet of space, the Rodrigo Resende Academy is one of the most popular choices for residences. Programs include BJJ, Judo, Muay Thai, and Self Defense, as well as After School Programs and seasonal camps. Plus, the Rodrigo Resende Academy has one of the most skilled and authentic instructors in Alberta.

Also read: 5 Popular Questions from Parents about BJJ and Judo


Camping Fun 2017


Members of Rodrigo Resende Academy are welcome to join a fun camping excursion this summer! Up to 20 tents will be available at a first-come, first-serve basis. Register through email at rodrigoresendeacademy@gmail.com.

When: August 11 to 13
Where: Wabamun Lake Provincial Park

View Facebook Event Here


Summer Outdoor Training Event



Summer is here! With that, comes the perfect opportunity to build your martial arts endurance in the great outdoors. Improve your overall health while enjoying the warmer months. Open to the community, we recommend the program for individuals ages 15 years old and up. Beginners and advance fitness levels are welcome to join as we help you increase flexibility, enhance motor coordination and improve your cardiovascular fitness.


  • Day: Saturday
  • July 22, 29
  • August 12, 19, 26
  • September 9, 16
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Venue: Aspenglen Park, Spruce Grove

Drop in: $15
Package of 7 sessions: $70

View the Facebook Event Here


Seminar Fundraiser – In Memory of Tim Hague



  • Over 8 guest instructors
  • Silent auctions
  • Lots of fun activities
  • All proceeds will go to Brady’s Education Trust Fund

When: Saturday, July 15 – Starting at 10am
Where: Rodrigo Resende Academy, 469 South Ave, Spruce Grove

For more information, contact Rodrigo @ 780-960-1102


Master Max Trombini Event Recap

Our recent seminar with Master Max Trombini was a complete success! Children and adult participants learned the techniques and skills from Master Max, with instructional examples and practice sessions to improve their game. We hope all of the participants had a fun and informative time learning from Sensei Rodrigo’s BJJ Master!


Free Child Minded Service for Member Parents (Tuesdays & Thursdays)


No babysitter? No problem! Current members who are parents are invited to bring their child/children along while attending classes!

On Tuesdays and Thursdays between 6pm and 7pm, our child minding service is available for parents with children 6 years old and under. This allows parents access to training even easier – plus, it’s free to use as long as you’re attending class during that time.


Spruce Grove Examiner: Spruce Grove Jiu Jitsu students train with Brazilian master martial artist


The Rodrigo Resende Academy was recently featured on the Spruce Grove Examiner during a seminar hosted by BJJ legend, Master Maximiliano Trombini.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an increasingly popular sport among Canadians, but few students of the martial art actually get the chance to train with Brazilian-born teachers.

That isn’t the case for students at Rodrigo Resende’s school in Spruce Grove and that privilege was two-fold last Saturday, as students had the opportunity to train alongside their Brazilian-born coach, Resende, and visiting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu master, Maximiliano Trombini.

Read the full article on the Spruce Grove Examiner


Free Self Defense Classes in Spruce Grove: Now 3 Days Per Week!


Free Self Defense classes are now available in the Spruce Grove community!

Open to anyone over the age of 10 years ago, Rodrigo’s self defense classes has helped hundreds of people in the community, giving them the techniques to protect themselves and their loved ones.

  • It’s free to join!
  • Classes are available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6pm to 7pm
  • Participants must own a gi
  • Members that previously had memberships at RRBJJ are welcome to join with their existing gis

Drop in for a class with your gi and learn the ropes of self defense!

June 2017’s Candidates for Belt Promotion


Belt promotion is set on June 17th, Saturday! Family and friends are invited to support and celebrate this important achievement for all of us.

The students indicated for promotion should keep at least 80% of attendance until the day of the graduation. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, June 6th. Our kids should also bring back the school and parents survey, filled and signed by a teacher or a parent. Please deliver your forms to Cherrie.

The Belt Promotion Ceremony will be followed by a Potluck Get Together. Kindly bring any dish that you would like to share.



Landon Henderson
Jordyn Baker
Sophia Russel
Imran Gil
Kellen Welch
Tavon Getzinger
Kale Kennedy
Van Helfrich
Raphy Dela Cruz
Robert Fraser
Lucas Morrisson
Kaylee Morrison
Hudson Nome
Nels Nome
Dale Suanico
Emma Faye Bayerle
Bradley Bayerle
Nolan Hennig
Liam Drew
Logan St. Germain
Kayden Silliphant
Sierra Silliphant
Matthew Galvez
Jaxon Givens
Abel Pernitsch
Rylee Kerr
Levi Nduka
Carter Peckham
David Zingel
Misha Braitwaite
Aaliyah Olson
Sienna Grimard
Matias Denault
Reagan Robinson

Victoria Madsen
Kellen Porter
Conor Baker
Caden Esslemont
Jaxon Couteirer
Jaxon Kennedy
Liam Bouwsema
Andrew Lapa
Sophia Garcia
Austin Short
Janaye Mckay
Wil Buller
Marek Belcourt
Sasin Joop Hockhan
Mance Haughland
Liam Robinson
Lyle Madsen
Phakon Song Hockhan
Ben Thomsett
Isabella Pernitsch
Alexandra Dvornikova
Kendall Cutul
Hunter Leter
Shasta Carpenter (Elite)
Summer Czuy (Elite)
Caleb Ford (ATA MA)
Isaac Ford (ATA MA)
Corbin Hoffman (ATA MA)
Jonah Zwaigenbaum (ATA MA)

Aiden Letourneau
Leland Scott
Charlie Beliveau
Riley Baker
Gaige Barry
Chloe Priest (Elite)

Rylee Henderson
Terrell Ferraira
Trey Patton
Emerson King
John Colney
Jada Bartley (Elite)

Sohail Ahmadyar (ATA MA)
Yasmin Brown
Angeline Ratcliffe
Amie Corke
Chase Ostby
Mary Hulm
Paige Ubbing
Joan Puron (Elite)

Caleb Warford

Izaac Gopher
Carter Kelly (Elite)
Nathan Lapak (Elite)
Xandra Waniandy (Elite)
Taylor Feindel (Elite)

Tess Adams (Elite)
Matthew Lapak (Elite)
Ethan Woudstra (Elite)

Joshua Pernitsch
David Fair
Sean Woo
Edward Molloy
Craig Nauta
David Lee (Elite)
Raj Dhaliwal (Elite)

Cameron Kirkwood
Rick Ball
Jon Kozens
Ryan Fraser (Elite)

Barry De Seguin (Elite)
Chad Degenhardt (Elite)


Kieva Russel
Myles Fikkert
Ember Falk
Nolan Porter
Liam Bouwsema
John Colney
Liam Hetherington
Eli Boucher
Cadence Helfrich

Nehemiah Shessel
Titus Hirschfield
Theodore Solbrekken
Caden Esslemont
Logan Boucher
Isaac Brown

Wil Buller

Cameron Kirkwood
Edward Molloy
Cherrie Zieminek

Jonathan Ilife