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


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!



EVENT: Master Max Trombini Seminar & Movie Screening


We’re proud to announce an exclusive opportunity to meet Sensei Rodrigo’s BJJ Master, Master Max Trombini. Master Trombini will be hosting a BJJ seminar and movie screening on April 15th, which is open to children (for the first hour) and for adults. Details are below and on our Facebook invitation.

Adult Schedule
11am – 130pm: BJJ Seminar
130pm – 3pm: Master Max Movie Screening
Snacks will be served
Investment: $100 cash

Kids Schedule
11am – 12pm
Investment: $40

Join us for an incredible opportunity to learn from one of the most skilled BJJ masters!


The Difference Between BJJ and Aikido


The different types and forms of martial arts are generally related to Japan. However, it is a difficult task to make certain comparisons between any two martial arts. There are several martial arts, including Judo, Aikido, Jujitsu, BJJ, Karate and etc. Most of these martial arts have very slight variations in tactics or strategy. Sometimes, even the same martial art may differ between schools.

Experts separated the Eastern martial arts (unarmed) into two groups, the ‘hard’ category of martial arts involves more on striking, including kicking and punching, and the ‘soft’ category of martial arts involves more on grappling, including holds and throws.

About Aikido

Aikido was created by Morihei Uyeshiba, which was started around 1925. Uyeshiba developed the interest in the martial arts when he was a child, and he mastered various forms of martial arts including jujitsu (Japanese Version).
Most people consider Aikido as a Modern Martial Art because compared to other martial arts it is developed only in early 1900. It has been around since 11th century or so. Uyeshiba became the Doshu of the school, later his son and his grandson took care of the school and the tradition continues till date.

Aikido is more about the technique, it is about merging with the motions that the attacker is using and conveying the attack instead of using the blows. This martial art requires more focus, the individual must focus on training and he should know how to deal with the forces of nature. The individual should learn the art that unites both mental energy and physical skill.

Aikido also focuses on balance and harmony. The meaning of the word Aikido in English is “Harmony of the Spirit”. The main objective of Sensei Ueshiba was to develop a martial art that actually promotes harmony and at the same allow the individual to use it for self-defense.

About Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)

Brazilian Jiujitsu is a martial art that focuses on ground fighting and on grappling. BJJ was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting basics that were taught by various individuals. However, BJJ came to be its own martial art through the practices, experiment and adaptation of judo through Helio Gracie and Carlos and the art was passed to further generations.

The martial art mainly focuses on submission, take down and fighting on the back techniques and the main objective of BJJ is to get your attacker to submit.

The Difference Between BJJ and Aikido

BJJ and Aikido both focus on the grappling category, however Aikido does include striking techniques. Concepts between the two martial arts are similar by redirecting the energy of the opponent. In Aikido, there is no sparring, which allows BJJ, in the case of self defense and competition, to be favoured for having a closer representation to a reality simulation.

Injury is also more prevalent in Aikido as it uses joint twists and joint locks which lead to bruising, as well as breakfalls that could affect the knees.

Regardless of your choice, learning martial arts provides the best method to building your confidence, staying in shape, and protecting yourself and your family from harm. Both Aikido and BJJ offers increased cardiovascular health, improved reflexes, strength and conditioning in a total body workout. Intangibly, it also improves your self-esteem, self-confidence, discipline and respect for others.

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We Now Offer BJJ Classes 7 Days a Week!


With the introduction of new classes to our schedule this month, we’re proud to announce that we now offer Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes every day of the week! The move helps accommodate the busy schedule of our students, allowing for more opportunities to learn BJJ and grow as a skilled martial artist.

Our new changes to our Sunday schedule opens up both our BJJ Kids and Adults programs for all members ages 7 and up. Families are welcome to join together in both our Saturday 10am to 11am time slot, and our Sunday 11am to 12pm time slot – while BJJ intermediate/advanced adults can take part in a Sunday open mat from 11am to 12pm.

See the new class list below or take a look at the full updated schedule here.

BJJ Kids: 6:00 to 7:00 pm
BJJ Adults (Fundamentals): 12:00 to 1:00 pm
BJJ Adults (Fundamentals): 7:00 to 8:00 pm
BJJ Adults (Intermediate/Advanced): 12:00 to 1:00 pm
BJJ Adults (Intermediate/Advanced): 1:00 to 2:00 pm – Sparring *NEW
BJJ Adults (Intermediate/Advanced): 7:00 to 8:00 pm – Drills
BJJ Adults (Intermediate/Advanced): 8:00 to 9:00 pm – Sparring

BJJ Kids: 5:00 to 6:00 pm
BJJ Adults (All Levels): 7:00 to 8:00 am *NEW
BJJ Adults (Fundamentals): 6:00 to 7:00 pm
BJJ Adults (Intermediate/Advanced): 7:00 to 8:00 pm – Drills
BJJ Adults (Intermediate/Advanced): 8:00 to 9:00 pm – Sparring

BJJ Kids: 6:00 to 7:00 pm
BJJ Adults (Fundamentals): 12:00 to 1:00 pm
BJJ Adults (Fundamentals): 7:00 to 8:00 pm
BJJ Adults (Intermediate/Advanced): 12:00 to 1:00 pm
BJJ Adults (Intermediate/Advanced): 1:00 to 2:00 pm – Sparring *NEW
BJJ Adults (Intermediate/Advanced): 7:00 to 8:00 pm – Drills
BJJ Adults (Intermediate/Advanced): 8:00 to 9:00 pm – Sparring

BJJ Kids: 5:00 to 6:00 pm
BJJ Adults (All Levels): 7:00 to 8:00 am *NEW
BJJ Adults (Fundamentals): 6:00 to 7:00 pm
BJJ Adults (Intermediate/Advanced): 7:00 to 8:00 pm – Drills
BJJ Adults (Intermediate/Advanced): 8:00 to 9:00 pm – Sparring

BJJ Adults (Fundamentals): 12:00 to 1:00 pm
BJJ Adults (Intermediate/Advanced): 12:00 to 1:00 pm
BJJ Adults (Intermediate/Advanced): 1:00 to 2:00 pm – Sparring *NEW

BJJ Adults (Fundamentals): 11:00 to 12:00 pm *NEW
BJJ Adults (Intermediate/Advanced): 11:00 am to 1:00 pm – NoGi Sparring

BJJ Kids: 11:00 to 12:00 pm *NEW
BJJ Adults (Fundamentals): 11:00 to 12:00 pm *NEW
BJJ Adults (Intermediate/Advanced): 11:00 to 12:00 pm – Open Mat

What’s the Difference Between BJJ and Taekwondo?


BJJ Taekwondo 
 Focus Grappling Art Striking Art (Emphasis on Kicks)
 Origin  Brazil (via Japan)  Korea
 Founder  Carlos & Helio Gracie (via Mitsuyo Maeda)  General Choi Hong Hi
 Influenced by  Judo (or Kano Jujitsu)  Korean martial arts (Taekkyeon, Subak, and Gwonbeop)
 Fight Techniques  Choke-holds, takedowns, and joint locks  Kicks and hand strikes, including head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques
 Fight Positions  Advancing position, ground fighting, and submitting an opponent  Fighting, diagonal, and crouched stances
 Popular Choice for  Both children and adults, men and women
 Physical Fitness Total body workout, improved cardiovascular health, improved reflexes, strength and conditioning
 Philosophy  Self improvement, self-esteem, discipline, confidence, respect, body awareness, self-control, perseverance

On paper, Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu may be two of the most different sports out there. From its differing fight techniques and stances, the only real commonality may be that both sports are newer to the martial arts scene than its elder statesmen, Karate and Judo. However the intangible takeaways can be parallel in many ways.

One of the vast differences between the two are its focus: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a grappling art, starting from the feet as a combatant takes down an opponent for a submission. Taekwondo is a striking art – much like Karate – but with a stronger emphasis on kicks and hand strikes to win a match.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was originally founded in (surprise!) Brazil by Carlos and Helio Gracie around 1914. The Gracies had been taught the ways of Kano Jujitsu or Judo from Mitsuyo Maeda in Japan before transitioning into BJJ.

The origin of Taekwondo can be traced back to around 1955, introduced by General Choi Hong Hi in Korea. It was inspired by a variety of Korean martial arts, such as Taekkyeon, Subak, and Gwonbeop. There are two types of Taekwondo: WTF and ITF – the main difference being ITF is North Korean (and the original Taekwondo), and WTF is South Korean (a modernized ITF) . The form between the two are different, with ITF having similarities to Karate, however the kicks remain the same. ITF is suited for self-defence teaching, while WTF is primarily used for sport sparring and competition, including the Olympics.

Both sports are considered newer, and in some ways, take part of its teachings from other martial arts which had birthed in the 1700’s and the 1800’s.

On the mat, BJJ techniques include a handful of choke-holds, takedowns, and joint locks to submit an opponent and claim a match. There are dozens of potential moves, making every reaction a calculated one. This is one of the primary reasons that it works as a fitness and self defense mechanism for both men and women of all ages.

There’s more to Taekwondo than just kicks and punches. Taekwondo is popularized by its use of kick techniques – from head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kick techniques. It uses a combination of speed and agility called the “Theory of Power”, where the power of a strike increases dramatically with the speed of the strike. Like BJJ, it’s popular among both men and women of all ages for self defense and fitness.

Positioning between the two sports also differ in many ways. BJJ uses an advancing position, grounding fighting, and submission of an opponent. Taekwondo uses both a distance based and upright stance to approach and defeat an opponent. It’s important to research which fight position is best for you or your family to learn.

Taekwondo and BJJ provide numerous intangibles to self-improvement. Participation in both sports can increase a student’s discipline, self-esteem, respect for others, confidence, and body awareness. BJJ has been a popular choice for women as a form of self-defence, allowing a typically smaller person to overtake a larger opponent through leverage and body resistance. Taekwondo, particularly ITF, can be a very strong self-defence tool with the proper instruction and master – although it’s important to remember that a good martial artist will use his/her awareness and teachings to avoid trouble and resolve conflicts.

So, which is the best martial art for you and your family? If you’re interested in learning self defence, BJJ or ITF Taekwondo may be a better choice. For mental and physical fitness, both sports will provide great return on your investment. For competition fighting, you can’t go wrong with BJJ and WTF Taekwondo. Like we always say, research research research!

What’s the Difference Between BJJ and Karate?


 BJJ Karate 
 Focus Grappling  Striking
 Origin  Brazil (via Japan)  Ryukyu Kingdom (now Japan)
 Founder  Carlos & Helio Gracie (via Mitsuyo Maeda)  Gichin Funakoshi
 Influenced by  Judo (or Kano Jujitsu)  Chinese martial arts
 Fight Techniques  Choke-holds, takedowns, and joint locks  Punches, kicks, knees and elbow strikes
 Fight Positions  Advancing position, ground fighting, and submitting an opponent  Stand-up fighting and distance stances
 Popular Choice for  Both children and adults, men and women
 Physical Fitness Total body workout, improved cardiovascular health, improved reflexes, strength and conditioning
 Philosophy  Self improvement, self-esteem, discipline, confidence, respect, focus

Karate is undoubtedly one of the most popular sports in the world. With an average of 50 to 100 million practitioners worldwide, it’s the mainstream choice for those interested in beginning their path to learning a martial art. However in recent years, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) has edged forward as the “new kid on the block”, more recently popularized by the the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) and their legendary mixed martial arts fighters becoming household names. Compared to many of the fight techniques such as Taekwondo, Muay Thai, and Judo – whose roots traced back to the 17th and 18th century – BJJ is one of a handful of fight sports to have birthed in the 1900’s. Karate, in comparison, originates from the late 17th century and has evolved over the past few centuries, having reached a height in popularity in the 1960’s from mainstream cinema.

So, what’s the difference between Karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

The two martial arts are very different in fighting style. Karate is focused on striking, while BJJ is focused on grappling. Karate involves stand-up fighting and distance stances, while BJJ includes advancing positions, ground fighting, and opponent submission. In the most simple sense: BJJ begins where Karate ends.

Both sports originate in Japan, although at different time periods. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu takes most of its roots from Judo or Kano Jujitsu when Judo master Mitsuyo Maeda travelled to Brazil to teach Carlos and Helio Gracie, who then went on to develop Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Karate, on the other hand was influenced by Chinese martial arts during the culture exchanges between China and Japan.

Mobility, body control, and physical fitness can be explored in both fields of practice. In Karate, you can expect to learn proper techniques to punches, kicks, knees, and elbow striking as you aim to put your opponent down on the mat. This is one of the key differences, as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu utilizes takedowns and submission tactics such as choke-holds, sweeps, and joint-locks to bring your opponent from their standing on their feet to “tapping out”.

Both sports are a popular choice for children and adults of all ages. Self-improvement can be found in many areas of BJJ: from self-esteem, discipline, confidence, respect, and body awareness. Karate offers a similar return on your investment. There is a tendency for women to join BJJ in part of learning self-defence, as the use of body control allows a typically smaller person to overtake a larger opponent through the use of leverage and body resistance. Karate offers a good opportunity to practice self-defence, although strength and power become more of a necessity.

Like most decisions in life, choosing the right martial art for yourself or your family requires proper research. Take the time to learn about the clubs in the area, and ensure you will be learning from an experienced, authentic, and educated master. It’s like bringing your child to the doctor: would you bring them to a poorly rated doctor that is 5 minutes away, or to a highly rated doctor that is 15 minutes away?

After you have decided on a reputable martial arts club, look for a trial offer so that you can decide if that BJJ or Karate is right for you or your children. Dedication is an important attribute for learning.

Your journey to self improvement begins today!

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Holiday Gift Card Promotion: Get a Free Gi After Sign Up on a One Month Membership! (New Students)


The Rodrigo Resende Academy is happy to present the ultimate holiday gift for those looking to improve their fitness, well-being, and learn martial arts in the new year!

With the purchase of a gift card, the recipient will receive a free Gi (valued at $354) upon their first month sign up at the academy. Gift cards can be purchased for $169, saving your friends and family 50% off their Gi purchase. For more information, please call us at: (780) 960-1102 or visit us at the academy: 469 South Ave in Spruce Grove.

Offer is valid from November 1 and December 23, 2016 and is limited to new students, kids and adult classes.


5 Popular Questions for Children’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Judo


Looking to sign your child up for a martial arts program? Lets make your search easier. Here are five of the most popular questions we have received at the academy.

I heard that martial arts might turn a child into a bully, is this true?

A lack of knowledge in the study of jiu-jitsu or its proven results could lead one to assume that learning martial arts is equivalent to “learning to fight” or that it may influence aggressive behaviour. Upon closer inspection, it is very clear that this artform is composed of positive teachings in discipline, respect, and self-control. As long as your instructor is professional and knowledgeable, the teachings will steer towards the proper usage of the tools learned, and provide training on their proper application. Our Sensei Rodrigo Resende recently provided 12 examples of how Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is beneficial for children.

Can I participate in a class with my child or can siblings be in the same class?

We have a Parents and Kids day on Saturdays, where parents and kids can join in the fun together. There is definitely no issue with siblings being in the same class, as long as they are in the same age bracket and can train together safely, our student age groups range from ages 4 to 6, 7 to 12, and 13 and up.

Will my daughter integrate well with the classes and members?

In recent years more girls and women have embraced martial arts than ever before, shifting the demographic from mainly adult men to a more gender and age-balanced scenario. For participants in the art, this shift is still in progress as males continue to dominate the scene. It is inspiring to see women and girls coming in and breaking the mold with confidence, while bonding with their peers as they progress forward.

In short: Yes, our school is well-balanced.

Can martial arts training improve my child’s grades?

We know that it’s important to stay active as adults, but many are not aware that for children, exercise is very beneficial to the developing brain. Benefits include improved attention, reduced anxiety and stress, and limited impulsivity – all are changes that bring forth a more calm mental environment – a prime scenario for learning. This environment is created as exercising releases dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin, brain chemicals that directly influence concentration and focus. Activity correlates to the development of mental discipline, while serving as a well of confidence with daily reinforcement, as well as socialization skills. This is very beneficial for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and or difficulty with focus.

I cannot bring my children to the after school classes because I will be busy. What are my options?

At Rodrigo Resende BJJ, we now offer a specialized after-school program and transportation service for your children!

Starting in Fall 2016, our after-school martial arts program begins from Monday to Friday for children ages 5 and up. The Rodrigo Resende Academy will provide transportation for students from kindergarten and elementary schools in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain to our facility, supervise a snack and provide homework time, followed by Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo or Self Defense classes or recreational times each day. Parents’ pick-up time will be no later than 6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sign up for a free week today!