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


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!


THRIVE After School Program


The Rodrigo Resende Academy is happy to present the THRIVE After School Program. Registrations for Fall 2017 starting now!

The THRIVE After School Program provides your children with a safe, fun learning environment to develop physical, mental, and social skills to prepare them for life. Our trained staff not only lead the kids through martial arts and a variety of physical activities, but also help mentor them to be their best. We provide time and support for homework or extra learning initiatives, as well as some free play time in our rec room to build social skills with their
peers. There is no other program like THRIVE!

We are parents just like you and we want what is best for our children. We expect those who coach or care for our kids to do so with kindness, respect, patience, leadership, positivity, character, and integrity.

THRIVE is lead by:

Rodrigo Resende – Owner and Director

  • 3rd degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt
  • 4th degree Judo black belt
  • 25 years of practice and 13 years of teaching experience
  • NCCP Level 2
  • 10 years in Canada developing high level competitors, self defense programs for law enforcement, civilians and anti-bullying programs for kids

Natasha Rychlik – Program Manager

  • FITKIDS coach Certifications include:
  • AFLCA certified fitness leader
  • ACE sports conditioning
  • ACE youth fitness
  • EverActive KIDS
  • NCCP fundamental movement skills
  • Training for Warriors Level 1

The Rodrigo Resende Academy is hosting a THRIVE Open House on Saturday December 10th from 11am until 1pm (469 South Ave). Meet Rodrigo, Natasha and the staff, ask your questions, and learn more about how martial arts and social activities can benefit a child’s growth.

A Message From The Program Manager

Hi! Thanks for your interest in THRIVE! I am a proud Mom as well as a certified fitness leader, specialized in children and youth. I’m very excited to work with Rodrigo Resende Academy managing THRIVE after school program. THRIVE is a fantastic opportunity for families as I believe the practice of martial arts combined with functional fitness training is a winning combination for a lifetime of quality movement and self discipline. I hope that my knowledge and experience in coaching, business management and youth fitness will help ensure that THRIVE offers families an ideal solution to their after school scheduling needs.

Natasha, THRIVE




Join us for Halloween Movie Night & Costume Contest for Kids!


Got the perfect costume for Halloween? This Friday we are hosting a night of fright and fun!

Wear your best costume to the Rodrigo Resende Academy as we host a Halloween Movie Night and Costume Contest for Kids.

Date: Friday, October 28, 2016
Time: 6:30 to 9:30pm
Activities: Games, Feature Movie, Costume Contest
Cost: $20 Cash Only

Best costume wins a very special prize! Call (780) 960-1102 for more details!

World Champ Bernardo Faria at the Academy on Saturday, Oct 8


Five time world champion Bernardo Faria is making a special visit to the Rodrigo Resende Academy on Saturday, October 8. For more information, call 780-960-1102!


Self Defense Park Demonstration in Spruce Grove

In a sunny afternoon in June, we hosted a Self Defense demonstration for residents in Spruce Grove. We had an amazing time showing useful techniques and Judo throws for the community. Thank you Cory and family, Dani, Vincent for helping out!


Rodrigo at West Edmonton Mall for Judo Week

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This past week at the West Edmonton Mall was Judo Week! The Kid’s Clinic brought out many students to be instructed by Senseis Takarrashi from Japan (8th degree black belt), Fred Blaney (7th degree black belt and a former Olympic athlete), Jim Karas (former member of the Canadian national team) and our head instructor at the academy, Rodrigo Resende.