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


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!


15th Annual Judo Alberta’s All Girls Overnight Camp Recap

Nearly 100 girls from Judo Alberta participating from all over Alberta and Saskatchewan attended an all girls overnight camp at the academy last month. Great evening of Judo throws and smiles all around!




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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