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


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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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.

Judo Takedown Technique Videos by Rodrigo Resende

Rodrigo has introduced a new series of Judo videos, demonstrating various takedown techniques for members to improve and perfect their skills. Each video also contains a slow motion portion, for you to pause and reflect on how you can better enhance your form and technique.

“Kata Otoshi”

Rodrigo demonstrates the “Kata Otoshi”. A technique no longer allowed in modern Judo competitions, but very efficient and applicable for BJJ.

“Hane Goshi & Juji Gatame”

Rodrigo demonstrates the “Hane Goshi”, a unique throw that lifts the opponent onto the hip before springing them down onto the mat – perfectly translated as the “spring hip throw”. Afterwards, he finishes with the “Juji Gatame”, the popular straight arm bar.

“Tai Otoshi”

Rodrigo demonstrates the Tai Otoshi with two variations: the original and the two step. ‪


Rodrigo demonstrates the Uchimata throw.

“Okuri Ashi Barai”

Rodrigo demonstrates the Okuri Ashi Barai.


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!


5 Beginner Tips for Adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo

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1. Every BJJ and Judo membership is different. Do your research.

Like any service, this rule of thumb still applies: you get what you pay for. Prices will vary depending on the quality of gym, level of client-focus, as well as skill of the instructor. It really depends how important training is to you and whether you would like to do it safely and utilize your time and money more efficiently. Fortunately, we teach very high level and authentic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes in Edmonton, Spruce Grove, and the surrounding area, and our prices are very competitive and gives additional access to our weightlifting gym and self defense classes.

2. BJJ/Judo isn’t a “drop-in class” type of sport. Become dedicated.

We create competitive membership plans to encourage students in dedicating themselves to the art. Turning out to be more inexpensive in the long-run, registering with a package helps you stick to the program. Jiu-jitsu is not an activity you do sporadically, it’s a lifestyle you dedicate yourself to in terms of personal goals, i.e. “In six months I’ll have completed level one”. Our free trial is available to all beginner students, this way they can have the freedom of giving the program a shot before delving full-tilt into the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. Family discounts are also available for affordability.

3. Most memberships require the purchase of a Gi.

The first important purchase necessary to starting out in BJJ and Judo is your uniform – also known as a Gi. The Gi has evolved from the uniform commonly used in Japanese martial arts and is usually made of a sturdy cotton or canvas fabric. The uniform consists of a jacket and trousers, including a cloth belt (white for beginners) which is tied around the jacket to signify rank/skill. Different classes and skill levels may require use of equipment, and that should be looked into before signing up to a program as well.

Depending on your size and program, the cost of a Gi at our academy ranges from $125 to $185, and is a required purchase in conjunction with your membership. Should you decide to cancel your membership, your Gi can still give you free access to our weekly self-defense classes. Who said you can’t wear your Gi, wedding dress or tuxedo again?

4. It’s okay to feel nervous at the beginning.

It is totally normal to feel nervous about participating in physical activity, especially where there is contact, and even more so when you are new to the sport. Naturally, starting fresh in martial arts brings some anxiety as you don’t know what to expect, or how to react to being grappled or taken down. However understanding the lesson and takeaways will make you physically and mentally tougher for the next session. With this in mind, it helps to know that you are learning alongside a group of individuals who are in the same position as you are, and with an instructor who is more than happy to teach the art.

5. Tournament participation isn’t mandatory, but there are perks.

The path you choose in BJJ/Judo is entirely up to you. You are free to choose learning through competition or strictly via training. However, if we could make a suggestion, it would be to become familiar with sparring and competition, as competition itself is a tool for self-improvement. Our sensei, Professor Rodrigo Resende, has recently published an article on the value of competition, and helps identify some of the great benefits associated to competition.

Thinking of getting started? Click here for a free one week trial at the Rodrigo Resende BJJ Academy in Spruce Grove, AB.

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Rodrigo Resende Academy on CTV News (VIDEO)

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The team at CTV Edmonton visited the academy this week to interview Rodrigo, his family, members, and 2010 & 2013 world champion (in the Absolute category in Brazil and California) Hal MacDonald during this week’s March Break Camp, which concluded Thursday. The interview captures Rodrigo at work, instructing his class and showcases his passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It also demonstrates the size of the BJJ gym, which is the largest of its kind in Canada.

Click on the clip below to watch the video on CTVnews.ca, which aired on CTV this early this week.


In The News: Rodrigo Resende BJJ Featured in the Spruce Grove Examiner

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Yesterday, we had a brilliant article published about our academy on the Spruce Grove Examiner. The article features some background on the new location, as well as quotes from our members and the Canadian BJJ Federation. Have a read and tell us what you think!

As the (new) saying goes, one club’s cramped gymnastics studio is another’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) palace.

Though 469 South Ave. hasn’t changed from the outside, the space has undergone a major transformation indoors over the past two months. When Aerials took off to their new home in December, BJJ professor Rodrigo Resende built a 5,500 square foot gym, making it one of the largest jiu-jitsu facilities in the country.

Read the rest of the article on the Spruce Grove Examiner.


We’re the largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo facility in Canada!

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Press Release
For Immediate Release


Edmonton, AB. (February 1, 2016) –

Top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu club Rodrigo Resende Academy is pleased to announce their relocation to the largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo training facility in Canada on February 1st at 469 South Ave Spruce Grove, AB, T7X 2E9, a few minutes drive from its previous location. The new facility houses two levels, a lower-level training area with mats and a brand new weights room for all members’ use. The specialized upstairs area also houses mats for Little Grapplers (4 to 6 years old) and a viewing area for parents to observe.

The relocation is intended to complement and enhance students’ capabilities in the academy’s ongoing commitment to ensure all members have the best training experience. It will also allow the opportunity to present more notable guest appearances, such as Olympic level Judoka Ezequiel Paraguassu and World Champion Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu.

With over 26 years of experience in martial arts and 14 years of experience teaching it, Professor Resende is one of the highest ranked BJJ instructors in Alberta. “With our new location we’ll be able to offer our members an enhanced workout experience, a greater area of space to surpass boundaries, and a weights room to complement students’ performance and training”.

This exciting relocation has brought in tow a rebrand, a new logo, and an improved schedule for the new location which is available at http://www.jiujitsuedmonton.com/martial-arts-class-schedule/.

The Academy offers a one week free trial for all ages, a with the purchase of a Gi the anyone is invited to join free self defence classes scheduled every Friday night. Parents can have fun as they can learn alongside their kids in Parents/Kids classes each Saturday, and family discounts are also now available (10% off the second family member’s membership, 20% off on the 3rd membership, and so on).

“Bringing authentic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from my home country of Brazil to West Edmonton is my passion and our mission here at Rodrigo Resende BJJ Academy. I grew up practicing Judo and Jiu-Jitsu, and I can honestly say that my practice and training shaped my outlook on life to help me become a more positive person.” explains Professor Resende. “Our goal for you and your family is to share both of these wonderful systems of martial arts and self-defense”.

Further information about the Rodrigo Resende Academy relocation progress can be found online at http://www.jiujitsuedmonton.com/

About Rodrigo Resende

Professor Rodrigo Resende started training in 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 Brazil to Salvador for a year with his father where he had the opportunity to train jiu jitsu under Masters Ricardo and Edson Carvalho. Afterwards, he moved to both São Paulo and Belo Horizonte to learn at 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 world’s most ranked Judo masters, Sensei Resende holds the 4th degree Judo black belt.