Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo Instructors

Learn from one of the highest ranking instructors in Alberta

Professor Rodrigo Resende – Head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo Instructor

Rodrigo Resende BJJ instructor

Professor Rodrigo Resende started training Judo when he was five years old with his father, Geraldo Resende. As soon as he developed an interest in competition, his father took him to train under Master Takeshi Miura, 9th degree red belt in Judo.

At 13 years of age he started taking Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes to help improve his Judo groundwork (ne-waza). Since then, Jiu Jitsu has been a permanent part of his martial arts training regimen and way of life.

Rodrigo later moved from Brasília to Salvador for a year with his father where he had the opportunity to train jiu jitsu under Masters Ricardo and Edson Carvalho. After that, he moved to São Paulo and Belo Horizonte for a couple of years in order to get in a training center for Judo athletes. He represented his State, University and also his Country both before and after returning to his home.

Under Master Max Trombini, one of Cia Paulista founders and a 5th degree black belt, Professor Rodrigo is a 3rd degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, and under Master Takeshi Miura, one of the worlds most ranked Judo masters, Sensei Resende holds the 4th degree Judo black belt.

In Canada

In 2007 Rodrigo Resende decided to take a break from University to travel, learn English and experience a different culture. “I had friends in Canada and that motivated me to move here. The idea was to stay for one year, learn, and return to finish my bachelor’s degree, but that didn’t happen.” He was invited to teach at different clubs around the country and after 2 years he chose Edmonton to be his Canadian home.

As one of the highest rank Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor in Alberta and after 23 years in the martial arts and 11 years teaching experience, Professor Resende is opening his own dojo. Professor is bringing the sum total of his teaching expertise to the community of Spruce Grove, a vibrant city approximately 11 km west of Edmonton. Spruce Grove is also where Rodrigo and his wife have chosen to make a home and raise their family.


  • 3rd degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt
  • 4th degree Judo black belt
  • 30 years of practice and 17 years of teaching experience
  • Sensei Rodrigo’s students in the past few years brought home more than 14 medals from BJJ worlds and Pan-American championships, 4 medals from Canadian judo nationals, UFC participation, more then 10 MMA fight wins and several medals from local and provincial Judo and BJJ tournaments.

Main titles as a competitor

  • 5th place in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Worlds championship
  • Panamerican Judo champion
  • Brazilian nationals Judo champion
  • 4 times Brazilian central champion
  • 2nd place in theBrazilian University nationals
  • 25 times State champion
  • US Open champion
  • Quebec Open champion
  • Judo Alberta Provincial champion

Interested in learning more about Rodrigo Resende? Watch this exclusive interview on CTV.

Manuel Elias – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor

unnamed-1Manuel Elias Aragon is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Rodrigo Resende.

He started practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 2003 after having been an avid athlete and Martial Artist with an extensive background in Taekwondo.

Manuel is an avid competitor and has amassed numerous medals throughout his years of competition. Manuel Was the Alberta Brown belt champion in 2012/2013. Manuel also won the Alberta absolute champion at black belt in 2013/2014 for the CBJJF.

As a teacher, Manuel upholds the Rodrigo Resende Academy standards by providing dedicated, detailed instruction, combined with rigorous drilling and sparring. His classes are taught in a respectful environment and he prides himself in giving students the individual attention they require.

Rob Thompson – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor

unnamedRob Thompson started grappling in 1996 at the age of 12. He was a Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestler through Jr. High and High school and competed at Canadian Nationals in both disciplines. Rob is also a NCCP level 2 certified wrestling coach.

In 2004 at the age of 20 Rob started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Steve Bartley at Elite. Rob was one of the early members of Elite’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program. After more than a decade of dedicated training and since blue belt under the guidance of Professor Rodrigo Resende, in 2015 Rob received his Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Since White belt Rob has competed very actively in both Gi and No-Gi BJJ. He was a fixture in the nearly every BJJ competition in Alberta and won multiple provincial titles and absolute divisions. Most recently Rob won the 2014 “Mind, Body, Soul” Brown Belt Super Fight and in 2015 he won the Black belt Super Fight.

Rob is committed to teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and sharing the values of traditional martial arts with his students. He firmly believes in the positive changes that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brings to the lives of its practitioners and is enthusiastic to be able to share the art. He is constantly striving to improve himself and his students both on and off the mats.