Brazilian Instructor

Learn from one of the highest ranking instructors in Alberta

Professor Rodrigo Resende – Head 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 dregree 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
  • 23 years of practice and 11 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